Docs in the Park
THE PARK PRESCRIPTION MOVEMENT
Docs in the Park is a local initiative involved in the National Park Rx movement that encourages individuals and families to connect with nature along with support from doctors prescribing physical activity in local parks for their patients. Baltimore City Recreation and Park's mission aligns with Docs in the Parks.
Docs in the Park is an alliance of professionals across sectors of recreation, health, education, and environmental advocacy. The mission is to promote the health of children by connecting families with local healthy foods and increasing opportunities for active outdoor play in nature.
WHY HOLD A DOCS IN THE PARK EVENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Doctors across the country have recognized that spending time outdoors can help improve physical and mental health and well-being. Staying active in nature can also help prevent childhood obesity. Raising awareness in your community is a great way to make neighborhoods healthier!
Whether you are a pediatrician looking to be a Docs in the Park advocate, or a city resident wanting to become more connected with your local park, consider hosting a Docs in the Park event. The resources below will help guide you as you bring awareness for a healthier and active lifestyle to your community.
INFORMATION FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
Docs in the Park would not be successful without the support of local medical professionals. You can use the recruitment memo to raise awareness of our program among your colleagues.
Activities at Baltimore City Recreation and Parks that endorse Docs in the Park
Walking and Hiking -- Outdoor Recreation Office, Carrie Murray Nature Center, Therapeutic Recreation, and Park Friends groups lead gentle walks and nature hikes.
Wildlife Awareness – Carrie Murray Nature Center provides a live exhibit of native animal ambassadors including raptors and amphibians, as well as year-round nature programs for all ages. The Natural History Society of Maryland and the Patuxent Research refuge share animal and insect specimens from their collections.
Healthy Games — BCRP recreation center programs play fun games such as jumping rope, Hula hooping, hopscotch, and others. There is a nature play space in Druid Hill Park on Red Road that is open to everyone.
Healthy Eating – BCRP City Farms and as well as local urban farms or community gardens are places where people can grow healthy vegetables and fruits.
Canoeing and Kayaking — Outdoor Recreation Office has boats and equipment available at Middle Branch Park, individuals and families can learn to paddle kayaks and canoes. Boats, life vest, and instruction provided.
Biking – Outdoor Recreation Office provides opportunities at different locations across the city. Bikes and helmets are provided for all ages.