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Down to earth

Cast away: Do some catch-and-release fishing in Prospect Park Lake during the green space’s Earth Day celebration on April 28.
Jordan Rathkopf

After the season’s first guided tour on April 28, there is still plenty to do in Prospect Park! Grab some grub, visit the zoo, or join the environmental extravaganza that is the park’s Earth Day Celebration, at the Prospect Park Boathouse and Audubon Center, where a deejay will spin tunes all afternoon while you indulge in some educational activities:

Go fish

Grab fishing tips from reel anglers, and cast your line into Prospect Park Lake for some catch-and-release style fishing.

Bug out

Discover Prospect Park’s creepy-crawly bugs and reptiles, under the tutelage of its Urban Park Rangers. The tour includes a visit with Pepper, a diamondback turtle.

Feather rest

Talk a short walk through the park while experts show you how to spot urban birds. Prospect Park is an important stop as our feathered friends migrate north for the summer, so this is a prime time for spotting rare birds.

Water works

Brooklyn’s only lake needs some help! Pitch in by pulling garbage from the waterway, and take care of the trash by adding it to the Park’s compost heaps.

Earth Day events at the Audubon Center (101 E. Drive in Prospect Park, enter at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, www.prospectpark.org/audubon April 28; 1–4 pm. Free.

Chow down

From the Audubon Center, it just a short walk to some of the borough’s finest grub, at Smorgasburg. The collection of more than 100 vendors serves an enormous variety of small dishes and desserts, and a beer hall offers beverages for adults, on Breeze Hill each Sunday afternoon.

Smorgasburg on Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill (enter at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, www.smorgasburg.com). Sundays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Free.

Animal collective

Stop by the Prospect Park Zoo for Signs of Spring, a series of games and interactive activities you can do while the animals are waking from their winter hibernation. Be sure to visit the sea lion court, and keep an eye out for the normally nocturnal Pallas cat.

Prospect Park Zoo (450 Flatbush Ave., enter at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Prospect Park, www.prospectparkzoo.com). Sundays, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $10 (kids $7).

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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