Water Seeker Adventure Series
Warm weather brings warm water. This month we are featuring water recreation for our Water Seeker Adventure Series. Join us every Monday during June for ways to learn, connect, and play outdoors in the water!
LEARN! Have you ever thought about getting in a kayak on the water? Many may have but do not know where to start. Here are 12 Reasons To Start Paddling
CONNECT! Looking to get out on the water in a canoe or kayak at a nearby park? Bladensburg Waterfront Park located on the historic Anacostia River, is just seven miles from Greenbelt. Please make sure the rental office is open before heading off to Bladensburg for a water based adventure. If you’re interested in traveling west to get on the Colorado River, or just appreciate the unique bond between a father and a son, check out this short film, winner of the Most Inspirational Film award at the 2015 5Point Film Festival The Important Places by Forest Woodward & Brendan Leonard.
May is National Bike Month!
National Bike Month is much more than 31 days in May. It’s a celebration of bikes; an impetus to get rolling again; a gateway to riding more often; a time to evangelize the beauty of bikes; and much, much more. Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month, and the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has sponsored this celebration of cycling for decades; as a means to advance the movement to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.
Join Greenbelt Recreation every Monday in May for your opportunities to learn, connect, and play! Special events for everyone all month long!
Bike Bingo, May 4-8
Virtual Bike Parade, Memorial Day Weekend
Week of May 25-29
Memorial Day 2020. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
Last week of National Bike Month!
LEARN! Streets aren’t just for cars, bikes belong too! Join WABA for a lesson on how to ride in traffic and take your riding to the next level. Online How to: Riding in Traffic
CONNECT! This week we want to spotlight and CONGRATULATE the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Class of 2020! Congratulations Seniors, we wish you well in all your future endeavors. Go forth and bike more!
PLAY! Bike Month Game Night! Do you like games? How about learning relatively useless knowledge about bikes and regional history? You’re in luck, because WABA is hosting a Game Night in honor of Bike Month! Join on Thursday, May 28th from 7:00PM to 8:00PM for a rousing game of trivia. Register and you’ll get a follow-up email with the link and instructions on how to join.
Week of May 18-22
LEARN! Wearing a bike helmet improperly is the same as not wearing a bike helmet at all. Watch this video about HOW TO FIT A BIKE HELMET. Did you know? WABA offers a CRASH TRACKER. Data submitted through the crash tracker is used to make recommendations to elected officials and police; and it’s important to capture data not recorded by official collection methods. You can read more about WHAT TO DO AFTER A CRASH. Practice Smart Cycling! Always wear a helmet and support safe cycling in Greenbelt and beyond!
CONNECT! Memorial Day is next week and we want to spotlight Carry the Load, a non-profit organization that provides an active way to connect Americans to the sacrifices made daily by our military, veterans, first responders and their families.
THANK YOU GREENBELT Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and First Responders!
PLAY! IT'S A GREENBELT BIKE PARADE!!
How to participate:
1. Decorate your bike for Memorial Day, or in any fun way you want! BE CREATIVE!
2. Post a photo of you riding your decorated bike, no later than 5/22 with the hashtag #GreenbeltBikeParade + #GreenbeltRecreation
3. One random entry will win a new bike helmet, bike lock and lights! 🎉
Once you’ve posted your photo, join us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter by tagging @GreenbeltRecreation and using #GreenbeltBikeParade + #GreenbeltRecreation. Bike Parade entries will be posted together on Monday, May 25! Questions?
Week of May 11-15
LEARN! BIKING DURING COVID-19 may seem tricky, but it is allowed in Maryland! Did you know? The Greenbelt City Council recently approved a new rule requiring masks inside Buddy Attick Lake Park. This includes cyclists and joggers. Read more about riding with BIKES AND MASKS.
CONNECT! This week we are spotlighting WABA! The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization founded in 1972 and serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. WABA educates and advocates in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County; Prince George’s County; Arlington County; Fairfax County; and the city of Alexandria.
PLAY! Thank you WABA! We will celebrate National Bike Month with WABA for Bike Anywhere Week May 11- May 15. Join us!
Once you’ve completed your registration, join us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter by tagging @GreenbeltRecreation and using #GreenbeltBikeAnywhereWeek.
Week of May 4-8, participate any time!
LEARN! Getting back on the bike? Here are five videos every new-ish bicyclist should watch to get the most out of their first ride.
CONNECT! We’re calling attention to your local bike shop, PROTEUS! Proteus is a full-service bike shop, carrying road, gravel/cyclocross, touring, mountain, urban/hybrid/commuter/fitness bikes, accessories, parts, tools, clothes, and supplies. We have a full service repair facility, and offer professional builds, fitting, and outfitting services.
PLAY! Ready to ride? You and your family can play the National Bike Month Bingo!
Explore a wealth of activities and educational content for kids and families. Download the Space Travel Hazards board game, code a Mars helicopter video game, and MUCH more!
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with a Nature Walk/Local Species Bingo
Take a walk through your neighborhood (be sure to respect social distancing) and see how many species you can spot. Generate your unique bingo card here. You can play on your phone or print it out and take it with you on your walks. How many walks will it take you to get BINGO?
We suggest you wear a mask when walking in congested areas, such as Buddy Attick Lake Park.
Curious about that one cool plant you saw? The free Seek app by iNaturalist helps you identify plants and animals using the camera on your phone. More information is here.
Here are some reference images and links to help you identify what you see: