April is packed with chances for you to learn and move now that it's officially spring. Get active with us cardio, paddling, or trying a new sport! Sign the kids (or teens) up for some enrichment with one of our weekend programs. You can also keep them engaged during spring break with one of our many holiday camps. 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.
April 2 + 5-9
Independence Community Park
Join BREC on the Geaux for active, physical movement engaging in cardio exercises at the pavilion every Monday in April. The program promotes health, wellness and physical activity. Exercises include kickboxing, line dancing and Zumba.
April 5 +12 + 19 + 26
Kathy Drive Park
Nick Brossette has partnered with BREC to give back to the community through athletic training. Nick Brossette was a four-year letter winner at running back for the LSU Tigers. He rushed for 1,350 yards and 14 TDs during his LSU career. He also capped his career as the 32nd-leading rusher in LSU history despite serving as LSU’s primary running back for only one season. He joins BREC Athletics to enhance youth skills development throughout the parish.
7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Zachary Community Park
Every second Saturday of the month from December to April, teens will get a chance to decompress and engage in fun physical activities while practicing social distancing with BREC on The Geaux & Health and Wellness activities with Our Lady of the Lake Health Centers in schools. Some activities include Fitness Bingo, Ninja Course, musical activities, and more! This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is free, but you must register to secure your spot!
AND A SPECIAL BONUS FOR THIS ONE - AN AFTER PARTY 2-4 p.m.
Join us to end our Pop Up and Unplug Series with a party! We will have a DJ, snacks, prizes and a foam party (weather permitting).
Baker Recreation Center
Missing the fun of BREC summer camp? We are too! Join us on a Saturday to enjoy your favorite summer activities and games. This program is designed to give children quality time outside of the house to socialize and stay active with BREC staff.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Highland Road Community Park
BREC Conservation and Outdoor Adventure are joining forces to offer you a great birding adventure! Join BREC naturalists and local bird experts on a journey to see all that our local waterways have to offer! You will get the full safari experience by kayak where you can view our parish’s different habitats and wildlife. Birds will be the focus, but no creature is off limits as we explore the food chain that supports local bird communities. Participants are expected to have basic paddling skills. This event is weather dependent, and registration is limited to kayak availability. Masks and Social Distancing will also be required for this event.
8:30 a.m.-12:30 pm.
Get ready to join the party at BREC’s Virtual Adaptive Sunshine Social in partnership with Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge. Teens and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are invited to join the party every third Friday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Participants can log in and listen to their favorite tunes and dance the night away with their friends!
Zachary Community Park
Grab your field guides and boots and join BREC naturalists and local scientists as we explore and document the diversity of life, or “biodiversity”, of Zachary Community Park. You can participate by attending a scheduled hike, helping to document species with local scientists, or signing up for a workshop where we will host special activities to learn through hands on sampling, live animal encounters, and more! Visit our webpage for details on scheduled activities for both days focused on birds, reptiles and amphibians, plants, insects, and more! This is a free event for all ages.
April 16 & 17
North Sherwood Forest Community Park + Zachary Community Park
Bring your kids out to enjoy some quality RecTime. BREC staff will guide participants through games, crafts and activities. Snacks will be provided. BREC is following all local, state, and national guidelines for the current pandemic phase. We will require strict social distancing and limit the participation numbers to ensure safety for all participants and staff.
A paddling program for intermediate to experienced paddlers. Come check out and test the waters with us at the beautiful Bayou Fountain while enjoying a morning out on the water with BREC staff and Paddle BR.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
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! Private ART UnWINEd bookings are also available. Must be 21 to join the fun.
Calling all bird nerds! Welcome spring by joining us for this fun and educational bird painting class. Participants will be led through the process of creating a beautiful watercolor painting that will make them want to sing like the birds they love! Beginners encouraged, seasoned painters welcome. Mimosas and bagels will be served. Class taught by local artist, Marita Gentry.
Cadillac Street Park Park
Get involved in a day of camp activities and get inspired for upcoming summer fun. Participants will enjoy games, crafts, nature activities and more as we highlight our favorite moments from summer camp. Campers should bring a lunch and two snacks and be dressed for indoor and outdoor activities.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Do you have the skills, coordination, and training to beat other gamers? Join us for a FREE 5-game series of online and in-person eSports tournaments. Details will be emailed upon registration and can also be found on our Discord server BREC Online Tourney. All champions will receive prize packets. Space is limited!
Webb Memorial Golf Course
Individual Stroke play
April 17 & 18
Tee Time 8 a.m.
Highland Road Community Park Tennis Center
This tournament features a singles round robin format with boys and girls divisions: ages 8 and younger on a 36-ft. court with a red ball; ages 10 and younger on a 60-ft. court with an orange ball; ages 10 and younger on a 78-ft. court with an orange or green dot ball. Free snacks and awards for players.
Greenwood Community Park
Join us for this FREE 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. You can pre-register for this monthly program.
Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park
Come out and join our FREE Velodrome Spring Series Races in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Velodrome Association. Each race will focus on a different skill set including sprints, endurance, and time trial. New to the velodrome life? Come out for our open clinic prior to the race! This is a great opportunity for newcomers and seasoned riders to get out and learn about the sport and test their abilities.
April 10 & 24
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Looking to express yourself through some nature-themed crafts while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Swamp? Join us quarterly as we host Craft Corner and provide a variety of fun and interactive crafts for you to complete with us or take home to work on at your leisure. This program is included with your general admission.