Parks’ Picks

September is National Self-Care Awareness Month! Montgomery Parks provides many opportunities for you to practice self-care and enjoy the outdoors in Montgomery County during September and beyond. Here are our Parks’ Picks for ways to do self-care in the parks!

Trails

Get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature around you. Montgomery Parks boasts almost 270 miles of paved surface and natural surface trails for you to walk, run, bike, and horseback ride (on select trails).

Check out our trail directory and plan your next outing on the trails.

Trail marker at the start of a natural surface trail.

 

Parks

Enjoy one of 421 parks throughout the county. Our parks have many features for you to enjoy on your visit. Playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic fields, dog parks, and much more! There is something for everyone to take advantage of and find personal happiness in the great outdoors.

Find a park near you in our park directory

Deck overlooking Maydale Conservation Park.

Yoga for Adults

Learn yoga poses and movements to help increase flexibility and strength, and cultivate mental focus in the beautiful setting of Brookside Gardens. Adults can participate in our weekly Yoga at Brookside Gardens (Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am) and Gentle Yoga at Brookside Gardens (Thursdays from 10 to 11 am) programs.

Adults practicing yoga at Brookside Gardens.

Tai Chi at Brookside Gardens

Adults will learn and practice proper forms of this ancient Chinese form of exercise during our weekly classes under the Japanese Tea House at Brookside Gardens on Wednesdays from 9 to 10:15 am.

A group of adults practicing tai chi outdoors at Brookside Gardens.

Yoga for Children

Families with small children can participate in the Fall Yoga Sprouts program at Brookside Gardens. This series of fun and garden-related yoga movement, physical exercise, and mindfulness will awaken your senses, boost your energy, and give you good garden vibes to start your day! Classes are held on Saturdays from 10 to 10:40 am.

Join a certified Child Light yoga instructor and explore varying themes in nature that will help children become more at ease in their world during our Outdoor Kids Yoga class on Sunday, September 19, from 9:30 to 10:30 am outside the Black Hill Visitor Center in Black Hill Regional Park.

Two adults and girl doing yoga poses outdoors.

Shinrin- yoku: The Art of Forest Bathing

Participants will be led on a forest bathing walk through the beautiful fall colors at Brookside Gardens. Experience the incomparable beauty of the bursting golds, oranges, and reds of the trees as you stroll through the grounds at a slow pace, stopping to smell the autumn scents, hear the birds, and ponder the many small miracles unfolding. There are two sessions of this program: Wednesday, October 27, from 10 am to 12 pm, and Saturday, October 30, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Adult looking up at tree with orange leaves.

Half-day Mindfulness Retreat at Brookside Gardens

Come enjoy a half-day of stress-relieving practices in the 50-acre peaceful sanctuary of Brookside Gardens on Sunday, October 3, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Participants will have a chance to learn, discuss, and practice different mindfulness techniques, including gentle yoga; walking and seated meditation; and the meditative way of the labyrinth.

Adults meditating in the outdoor Japanese Tea House at Brookside Gardens.

Montgomery Parks…It’s All Here!

 

 

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Last Updated: September 15, 2021