March 2020

Spring is coming at ya! Are you ready for warm weather and the return of greenery and blossoms? Summer Camp registration officially opens for EBR residents on March 21 so mark those calendars! As for things to do, whether you want a rockin' good time, to get the creative juices flowing, an up close experience with nature, or ready to get your egg hunt on, we've got it! All this and more - this month at BREC!

Programs & Events

Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and programs. Click the event name to get more info.
For a full list, visit our events calendar.

Events

SILVER SPOKES

NORTH SHERWOOD COMMUNITY PARK

Join us for this exciting senior biking program. We offer seniors a chance to maintain their fitness, lift their spirits and enjoy a social experience with others as they ride special designed cruisers or three-wheeled trike bikes, in our community parks and trail ways. The program is free if you bring your own bike. You can pre-register for this monthly program.
Ages: 55+
March 4
9-11 a.m.

MEMBERS’ NIGHT

BREC’S BATON ROUGE ZOO

We'd like to thank all of our Friends of the Zoo members, and what better way than to invite them over for a night exclusive access to the Zoo! See what the Zoo is like after the gates close to the public on Friday, March 6th. Admission gates are open from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., and grounds close at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to come early, and don't forget to bring your flashlight for after dusk!
March 6
4-6:30 p.m. (Grounds close 7 p.m.)

EDGE OF THE NIGHT (WINTER SESSION)

HIGHLAND ROAD PARK OBSERVATORY

It’s not light, it’s not dark. It’s that special time called twilight, and HRPO wants to introduce you to it!
March 6
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Developmental Disability Awareness Month Roll Walk Run

FOREST COMMUNITY PARK

Come join us for a day of fun. There will be a 3 mile roll/run, 1 mile fun roll/walk, vendors, snacks and a movie. If you are part of our Sunshine programs, bring your bib to the merchandise tent for a surprise!
All participants wil receive a t-shirt and medal.
Registration: 7 a.m.
Race/Fun Walk begins: 8 a.m.
Movie begins: 9:30 a.m.
All Ages are welcome.
March 7

SATURDAY MORNING STUDIO: SHMAROCK SHENANIGANS

MILTON J. WOMACK PARK

These classes are the perfect combination of art and FUN! Join us each month for tips, treats, and creative expression through projects designed to enhance art skills guised under a party atmosphere.
March 7
10:30 a.m. - noon

4-BALL CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT

BEAVER CREEK GOLF COURSE

March 7
Tee Time TBD

GREEN FORCE TRAINING

NORTH SHERWOOD FOREST COMMUNITY PARK

Come join our volunteer force and help us make a greener, healthier East Baton Rouge Parish! We are looking for individuals who are interested in being trained in conservation management and educational outreach in order to help us achieve our goals. We need volunteers who are interested in working with us consistently throughout the year and benefit from the many perks of being a volunteer like getting to spend time outdoors, knowing you are creating healthier ecosystems and other perks like t-shirts, water bottles and tax breaks. Volunteers who complete this training will be eligible to be in our official volunteer force capable of working in the field without BREC staff supervision.
March 7
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

ROCKIN AT THE SWAMP

BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER

Join us to explore the exciting world of rocks, minerals, gemstones, and fossils. Add to your rock collection or find some unique gift items at our Rockhound Market. Try your skill scaling our rock climbing wall. Learn to identify different rocks and minerals and make your own take-home identification card on our Treasure Trail. Experience the excitement of the gold rush while hunting for iron pyrite in our Gold Mine. Try out some rockin’ crafts or paint your own Rock Animal in our craft corner. Explore ancient life forms in the Fossil Quarry. This is one rockin’ day of fun highlighting geology and earth science.
$5 per adult /$4 per child (2-17) / $2 pass holder
March 7
9a.m.-4p.m.

REVIVE YOUR MIND HIKE

KENDALWOOD CONSERVATION AREA

Forest bathing, Nature Rx, Ecotherapy…it’s been called many things but the message is the same, NATURE is good for you! If life has you spinning and you feel out of balance this is the hike for you. We will be using time in nature to slow down and take a break through mindful, purposeful observation. We will be hiking off the beaten path at one of BREC's Conservation Areas using the outdoors as a window to relaxation and a free mind. Join us to get a well-deserved dose of nature at its finest. This program is geared towards adults, but children 13 and older are welcome to attend.
$3 per person
MARCH 7
9-11 a.m.

SPRING GREEN AT THE ZOO

BREC’S BATON ROUGE ZOO

Join us March 14th as we celebrate being green. Learn what you can do to help wild animals and wild places at special amphitheatre programs. Games and crafts will also be available for children. Regular Zoo admission applies.
March 14
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

BRECFLIX TEEN MOVIE NIGHT

ANNA T. JORDAN COMMUNITY PARK

Let’s all go to the movies and enjoy the total movie experience! We will start the fun with movie trivia and music. Refreshments will then be served during the show. Please be advised that these movies have content appropriate for children ages 13 and older. Teens will vote for which movie will be shown.
March 14
5-9 p.m.

FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT

HIGHLAND ROAD COMMUNITY PARK

Sure - Easter egg hunts are easy - but what about trying to find them at night? Bring your flashlight and basket! Some eggs will have candy, others have great prizes!
March 13
6-9 p.m.

ZACHARY COMMUNITY PARK

Sure - Easter egg hunts are easy - but what about trying to find them at night? Bring your flashlight and basket! Some eggs will have candy, others have great prizes!
March 14
6-9 p.m.

HOOPER HIKE

HOOPER ROAD PARK

Join us for a leisurely morning hike through the beautiful trails at Hooper Road Park! Check out some local flora and fauna, followed by a picnic in the park.
Ages: 18+
$10 per person
March 18

SUNSHINE SOCIAL

MILTON J. WOMACK PARK

Through partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, BREC is able to offer themed, monthly socials for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their friends and family. There will be a disc jockey, snacks, door prizes, socialization, and fun.
March 20
6-9 p.m.

BREC JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT

INDEPENDENCE COMMUNITY PARK TENNIS CENTER

This USTA sanctioned tournament is for boys and girls with singles and doubles divisions. Age divisions include: 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s. Must be a USTA member.
March 20 -22
3 p.m.

ART unWINEd: HARLEM NIGHTS

NORTH SHERWOOD FOREST COMMUNITY PARK

Tired of the same ol’ paint and drink?! If so, then check out BREC’s adult- only, fun and creative grown-up time outs. Each of these classes are designed to encourage and inspire while enjoying beverages and nibbles. All art supplies, nibbles and wine included. Great for friend get-togethers, bridal parties, corporate team building or just making new friends! Must be 21 to join the fun.
March 20
6-8 p.m.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS

March 21
9 a.m.

HICKORY STICK CLUB PLAY DAY

CITY PARK GOLF COURSE

Hickory Stick Club celebrates those who first played the course at City Park Golf Course using hickory shafts in their clubs. Maintaining this tradition in an enjoyable setting, there will be clinics and play days open to anyone interested in playing in a group setting utilizing hickory shafted clubs. The public will be invited out to play a nine-hole event.
March 21
9 a.m.-noon

DOG DAY AT THE SWAMP

BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER

With our Dog Days, BSNC drops its “No Pets” policy and opens its doors and trails to pets once per season! All leashed pets are welcome, but vaccinations should be current.
March 21
9a.m.-5p.m.

HOOPER HOOPS CHALLENGE

HOOPER ROAD PARK

How many consecutive free throws can you make? Prove your endurance during the Hooper Hoops Challenge! Each participant will be allowed two attempts to score as many free throws in a row as they can. Top competitors will win bragging rights and award to recognize their achievement.
March 26
6 p.m.

OUTDOOR COOKING 101

ZACHARY COMMUNITY PARK

Ready to get things cooking? Join us for this outdoor cooking class. We'll teach you how to operate several outdoor camping stoves and try out some fun new recipes for your next camping trip or tailgate.
March 26
5:30-7 p.m.

BRECFLIX TEEN MOVIE NIGHT

GUS YOUNG PARK

Let’s all go to the movies and enjoy the total movie experience! We will start the fun with movie trivia and music. Refreshments will then be served during the show. Please be advised that these movies have content appropriate for children ages 13 and older. Teens will vote for which movie will be shown.
March 28
5-10 p.m.

JUNKYARD JAM

PERKINS ROAD EXTREME SPORTS PARK

Bring a Part BMX Jam is a contest designed to help beginner bikers while building up the BMX community. The contest will consist of two areas the skatepark and the BMX track. Admission is one like new BMX part. This contest is hosted in partnership with Front Yard Bikes. This contest revolves around helping one another and pushing BMX as a sport. Free with one-like new BMX part.
March 28
3-7 p.m.

CITY PARK GOLF COURSE CHAMPIONSHIP

CITY PARK GOLF COURSE

March 28
Tee Times TBD

EGG-STRAVAGANZA

ANNA T. JORDAN COMMUNITY PARK

Gather up the family for BREC’s Community egg hunt packed with fun and egg-citing activities for everyone. Activities will include themed recreational games, arts and crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny and much more.
March 28
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

ZIPPITY ZOO FEST

BREC’S BATON ROUGE ZOO

Join the Zoo as we celebrate our 50th birthday with our annual Zippity Zoo Fest! Guests will enjoy a Children's Village, face painting, EdZooCation station, photo contest winners gallery, partner activity booths throughout the Zoo, animal enrichments and chats, family entertainment stage and of course, birthday cake! Regular Zoo admission applies..
March 28-29
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

ART UNLEASHED

CITY-BROOKS COMMUNITY PARK

A return of our fur-tastic community event celebrating the Arts & our four-legged friends. Games, dog organizations and arts & crafts vendors, dog costume contest, kids’ activities and canine activities.
March 29
2-6 p.m.

Featured Programs

SUNSHINE INTERACTIVE DAYS

VARIOUS PARKS

Come out and enjoy recreational activities in your parks, for adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 16 and older.
Monday-Friday
10 a.m.-noon

TINY STEPS

ANTIOCH BLVD. PARK & JACKSON COMMUNITY PARK

BREC offers this Mother’s Day Out Program to get your little one prepared for school. The recreation-based curriculum will provide your child with the academic and social tools they'll need for Kindergarten success. It includes organized recreational games, creative art projects, singing and dancing, while socializing with their peers. Staff will promote physical fitness and health through exercise and fun, and healthy snacks are provided.
Monday-Thursday
9 a.m.-noon

TRAIL TIME FOR TODDLERS

BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER

Trail Time for Toddlers is a unique playgroup opportunity for children, ages 2-5, and their parents/guardians to make new friends while learning about nature through themed indoor and outdoor activities. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of Bluebonnet Swamp with trail walks, crafts, storytelling, live animal encounters, and healthy snacks. Themes change from week to week, and none are repeated within a calendar year. Participants sign up for a month at a time and can choose to attend the Wednesday or Thursday sessions. Special weekend sessions may be scheduled to accommodate working parents; contact staff for more information. Registration for each month begins on the 1st of the month prior.
March 4-26
9:30-11:30 a.m.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL ACADEMY

HOOPER ROAD PARK

No mountains, no problem! Our Mountain Bike Trail Academy can teach you how to tear up the track the right way. This four-week mountain biking series will focus on basic bike handling, trail etiquette, navigation, and other skills that will help you become a competent mountain biker and trail user. All equipment provided.
March 11+18+25 + April 1
5:30-6:30 p.m.

TRAIL TIME FOR TODDLERS-TRANSLATED

BLUEBONNET SWAMP NATURE CENTER

An opportunity for non-English-speaking families with young children to participate in one of our longest-running programs. Children ages 2-5 are invited with their parents or guardians to enjoy learning about nature through themed indoor and outdoor activities. Come enjoy the sights and sounds of the swamp, arts and crafts, storytelling, animal encounters, and healthy snacks with the assistance of an interpreter. There will be one session in each language for the spring season. Special weekend sessions may be scheduled to accommodate working parents. Registration for each begins on the 1st of the month prior.
March 17
9:30-11:30 a.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PITCH, HIT & RUN

CENTRAL SPORTS PARK

PITCH HIT & RUN™ is intended to encourage youth participation and showcase the top youth talent in baseball/softball. Since there is no registration fee for this program, every boy and girl, ages 7-14, will have a chance to compete. Participants will compete in three important aspects of baseball/softball: pitching, hitting and running.
March 28
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL JR. HOME RUN DERBY

CENTRAL SPORTS PARK

Jr. Home Run Derby (JrHRD) provides youngsters 14 and under an opportunity to participate in an exciting, free, home run derby competition. All Local events are individually scored and the winners advance to one of ten (10) Regional Competitions. Regional Champions will advance and compete in the National Finals during Major League Baseball All-Star Week. You may view an online listing of Local Competitions at mlb.com/junior- home-run-derby/ around February to find out where your Local competition(s) will take place. All participants compete together against each other in one of two age groups (12U or 14U). A participant's age is determined as of July 17, 2019. Therefore, if a participant's date of birth is on or after July 18, 2006, he/she will compete in the 12U age group. If a participant's date of birth is July 18, 2004-July 17, 2006, he/she will compete in the 14U age group.
March 28
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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