All year long, we are given numerous opportunities to get outside and play. But sometimes, life, responsibilities and distractions keep us from spending time in the fresh air as we should. National Play Outside Month is a reminder to stretch our legs and expend some energy in nature! Whether that is at a state trail, the beach, or exploring your own community’s recreation and leisure opportunities, just get outside and play!
Share your experiences on social media using #NationalPlayOutsideMonth and encouraging your family members and friends to participate too.
Summer is officially heating up! Help us celebrate Picnic Month! Fresh air makes eating vegetables and fruits much more enjoyable. Get outdoors and enjoy a nice, healthy snack with your family at your local park or greenspace. You can view a web map of all picnic areas statewide.
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 crashes. Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to:
Look and listen.
Obey signs and markings.
Take control of 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.