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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
  • Socialize outdoors
  • Meditate outside
  • Grow your own food
  • Walk barefoot
  • Kayaking or canoeing
  • Bird watching
  • Watch the sunrise/sunset
  • Forage wild safe food (mushrooms, nuts, berries)
  • Go camping
  • Go fishing

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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What has outdoor recreation looked like for you this past year?

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. 

Let us know about your outdoor experiences

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New Trail Safety Video

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:

  1. Look and listen.
  2. Obey signs and markings.
  3. 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 Always Put Safety First.

                                         More Trail Safety Information
Trail Safety Poster
Trail Safety at Crossings

For even more information on trail safety, please visit our Assistance and Resources section.



Do you enjoy hiking, biking, paddling or horseback riding? The Office of Greenways and Trails  (OGT), within the Division of Recreation & Parks, provides statewide leadership and coordination to establish, expand and promote non-motorized trails that make up the Florida Greenways and Trails System, pursuant to the Florida Greenways and Trails Act (Ch. 260, Florida Statutes). More can be found in the Office Overview and Historical Timeline


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"Florida's Growing Trail System" article in the March/April, 2019 issue of Quality Cities Magazine provides an overview of Florida's trail system and Trail Town program.


To be included in OGT's online calendar or Connections newsletter, send announcements and articles to OfficeofGreenwaysandTrails@FloridaDEP.gov.


Featured Publications: 2019-2023 Florida Greenways and Trails System PlanUnpaved Non-Motorized Trail GuidelinesTrail Design Standards Infogram2019 Outdoor Recreation Economic InfogramEstablishing and Promoting a Paddling Trail or Blueways System.


Florida trails 500-plus miles in length:
Florida National Scenic Trail
Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
East Coast Greenway

Peruse the Online Trail Guide page for more trail links.  

    

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