The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) designates July as Park and Recreation month! To help promote this, the NRPA has created a toolkit that provides materials and resources for others to use to help highlight your community.
National Park and Recreation Month highlights the important role parks and recreation activities play in keeping our communities strong and healthy. During the month of July we encourage people of all ages to get active outdoors.
Children with access to safe parks are more likely to be physically active — and active kids perform better in school. For people of all ages, physical activity can reduce the chances of becoming obese. Plus, spending time outdoors can improve mental health.
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 involves the experts who have experience and knowledge about the subject matter. On July 13, the webinar will be presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). They will discuss the importance of nature and how it can positively affect your mental health and well-being. We will also highlight how the FWC can facilitate these opportunities through their different programs, including wildlife viewing along the Great Florida Birding Trail. Visit Outdoor Florida Webinar Series to see the listing of upcoming webinars or view past webinars.
Our webinar in June focused on “Get Outdoors Day” and was presented by the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN). The presentation provided insights into the program and its work in providing conservation education and recreation to kids all over the state. They also discussed the importance of creating positive outdoor recreation experiences for young people as well as the work the FYCCN does to provide recreation opportunities to underserved children in communities with limited access to outdoor areas. The most recent webinar is available online.
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.