This month take advantage of the spring weather and get outdoors! Play ball with your children or spend a day at the beach with your friends and family. These past two years have been a challenge for all of us. A message we hear consistently is that being able to get outside tremendously helped folks cope with the isolation from the pandemic. A walk around the block helped clear the fog and allowed for social interaction even if from a distance. Being social and immersing yourself in nature on a regular basis increases life expectancy and reduces your risk of many physical ailments. Other benefits include lower stress levels, improved mental wellness and lower cortisol levels.
Additional ways spending time outside will improve your overall well-being:
Lowers blood pressure.
Helps with focus and attention.
Healing process is quicker.
Supports healthy aging.
Introduce your kids to your favorite park, explore a greenway with your pet, cultivate seasonal vegetables in your backyard or ride your bike to a local restaurant. There are endless ways to enjoy the outdoors, and May is a perfect month to continue to explore or begin a new outdoor adventure.
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.