It’s June and the warmer weather is already here! Enjoy the sunshine and join the Office of Greenways and Trails as we celebrate Great Outdoors Month.
Just as they have over the past two years, people are continuing to prioritize spending time outdoors. As you head outside, take some time to remember the folks that help us connect with nature, our families, communities, health and wellness, and served as a much needed break from working from home and being inside. The outdoor recreation industry not only grew during the pandemic, it also improved our quality of life, created jobs and supported our local economies.
These unusual past couple of years have highlighted how important getting outside is to our mental, physical and economic health. While many communities benefited from the increased participation in the outdoors, not all rural communities are able to provide the same access to outdoor recreation opportunities. To assist those communities, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) has created a rural economic development toolkit. The ORR has also partnered with outdoor recreation industry businesses to create the Together Outdoors coalition “to raise awareness of equity and inclusion issues in outdoor experiences and provide education and awareness to help eliminate existing barriers”.
Join us by following along with our daily activities calendar and by spending some time each day outdoors, enjoying nature and moving our bodies.
Click here to download our fun June iPhone background!
As a reminder, to keep you up to date on the latest trends, the Office of Greenways and Trails has established a webinar series providing research and best practices on a variety of topics. Each of the webinars involve the experts who have the experience and knowledge about the subject matter. To register, see the list of upcoming webinars or view past webinars click here.
Our recent webinar in May focused on “National Biking Month and was presented by SORBA and the Swamp Mountain Bike Club. The presentation touched on mountain biking on a regional and local level and the benefits this recreation opportunity has on communities. They also discussed examples of how to create mountain biking opportunities and ways to replicate this in your community. To view the most recent webinar click here.
For many of us, this past year has been full of changes, including how we experience the outdoors. As we look back on a very eventful year, the Office of Greenways and Trails wants to hear how you were able to continue enjoying the outdoors. Did you pick up a new hobby around your home, like gardening or bird-watching? Were you unable to play team sports at your local park? Perhaps you discovered a new park or trail not far from your home.
Whatever outdoor recreation has looked like for you this past year, we would love to hear about it. After all, it’s your experiences during this unique time that will help us plan for future recreation opportunities around the state.
The survey should take about five to 10 minutes and is available in English and Spanish. Not a Florida resident? No problem. We have a survey for you, too.
With our sunny skies and active lifestyles, Florida’s residents and visitors enjoy exploring our many miles of trails. Trail safety is important, particularly where trails and roadways cross. We all need to do our part to protect one another and prevent accidents. Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to:
Look and listen.
Obey signs and markings.
Take responsibility for our own safety.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks have joined together to put the spotlight on this important topic by developing a Trail Safety Video.
Feel free to share or download the video along with the extra information found below ... and remember to AlwaysPut Safety First.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.