#RecreateResponsibly: Creating a Safe, Welcoming Outdoors for All
We all have to work together to keep each other safe from the dangers of COVID-19. But we also can work together to keep each other safe in another, vital way.
Summer is here! It's a time for outdoor adventures and family vacations. It's a time for people to come together. But this year, coming together looks different. We all have to work together to keep each other safe from the dangers of COVID-19. But we also can work together to keep each other safe in another, vital way.
The Recreate Responsibly Coalition is releasing an update to its tips, initially released in May, for safely recreating outdoors. The last month also has served as a vital reminder that we all can contribute to making society and the outdoors more inclusive and equitable, where everyone feels welcomed. The coalition has added a new foundational principle, calling on all of us to do our part to help build a safe and welcoming outdoors for all identities and abilities.
The coalition came together two months ago as a group of two dozen organizations based in Washington, including Washington Trails Association. Since then, the group has grown into a diverse, nationwide community of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, outdoor media and influencers. Members of the coalition share a love of the outdoors, a desire to help everyone experience the benefits of nature, and a belief that by sharing best practices, people can get outside safely and help keep our parks, trails and public lands open.
The overall #RecreateResponsibly message remains simple: We all have a role to play in keeping people, places and communities safe as we enjoy the outdoors this summer and beyond.