• leave wildlife alone, there have been disturbing reports of people getting way too close and even handling wildlife

• don’t start strenuous, new outdoor activities (think rock climbing, white water kayaking etc.) unless you have the skills already to do so or you can get quality instruction, now is a great time to finally take that kayaking or SUP class

• do not share supplies; be prepared with plenty of water and snacks for yourself

• don’t make decisions that will increase the chance that you need first responders. Our healthcare needs to be available and not stressed even more during this pandemic

• be respectful of other’s fears. They may have an underlying condition or live with an elder parent that you do not know about.

• try to go to public outdoor places in off times/off days to avoid overcrowding

• do your research before heading out; take maps

Resources: Online Virtual Personal Training in the Triad:

Full Time Fitness in High Point

MindBodyFitnessYoga in Greensboro:

PurEnergy in Greensboro:

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics:

Merlin Bird ID App (by Cornell University): just go to your phone’s App store, it is free

PlantSnap ID App:

take a photo of a plant or flower and it can help you ID it. Also in your phone’s App store, basic version is free

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