It doesn’t take much to convince Charleston residents to get out and enjoy the city’s parks, but the Charleston Parks Conservancy will be hosting Park Week from May 9-13. The nonprofit’s second annual event will include unique activities all week long at various parks.

“They are one of our city’s greatest resources,” says Jim Martin, the conservancy’s executive director. “Park Week strives to focus on the diversity of ways we use our parks and the diversity of people who use them.”

On Monday, the conservancy will host a bike tour of peninsula parks, including Colonial Lake, Cannon Park, Waterfront Park, and the Chapel Street Fountain Park (a hidden gem among the city’s parks). There’s also a dog-centered event at Hampton Park on Tuesday, flower planting at Marion Square on Wednesday, and gardening tips at Hazel Parker Playground on Thursday. The week ends with a picnic and stargazing event at Daniel Island’s Etiwan Park on Friday.

All the events are free. More information is available at