This December celebrate the joys of reconnecting with nature and reflecting on 2021.
Reconnecting with nature can have positive impacts on our social interactions, physical health, emotions and thought processes. Just being in nature is rewarding in numerous ways, including calming our nervous systems. Being outdoors cultivates a greater sense of creativity and openness. Ultimately nature not only benefits us physically, but also our social and personal well-being.
With practice and a little bit of time, you can harness the power of nature in your everyday life. Here are some ways to incorporate nature into your everyday life:
Go on a nature walk
Grow your own food
Kayaking or canoeing
Watch the sunrise/sunset
Forage wild safe food (mushrooms, nuts, berries)
Spending time outdoors is incredibly relaxing and restorative and will have a positive impact on your outlook.
Here are some reflective questions while reconnecting with nature:
Name 5 things you’re grateful for in 2021
What was challenging or disappointing?
Journal about your most meaningful moments
Where did you spend most of your “happy” time?
What does success look like for you in 2022?
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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.