Dear Friend,

Just one month into the new “normal” and we are constantly reminded just how important parks and trails are to our collective well-being.

We’re thankful we don’t live in a state like New Jersey or Oregon that has closed its parks.

We all have to do our part to make sure parks and trails remain open and safe by following correct outdoor behaviors.

So before you go out today for a walk or a bike ride, please take the #ParksPledge to:
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay local
And, of course, if you’re not feeling well or have any COVID-19 symptoms, STAY HOME.

Hundreds of people have taken the #ParksPledge.

Here’s what they've shared with us…
 
“I live alone and am a senior. I visit local preserves several times a week – it’s the most important thing to my mental health. Without it I know I’d be in a deep depression." 

“I don’t think I could live if I couldn’t go out and enjoy nature.”

“The local rail-trail is a lifeline for us.”

“I have 4 kids and live in a city. Being able to go to parks is so important. It’s easier to social distance at a big park than it is on our crowded block!”

If you’re like these people and find yourself increasingly turning to the outdoors and nature during these trying times, please consider becoming a member of Parks & Trails New York during our spring membership drive.

When you become a member, you’re helping ensure the parks, trails and green spaces you love and use are here for you today, and for future generations.

Thank you.

Stay safe and well,



Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

Try Your Hand at Nature Journaling


Have you always wanted to try nature journaling? With people turning more and more to nature for solace and respite during these challenging times, this might be the perfect time to grab a pencil and notebook and start a nature journal.

Getting kids outdoors and having fun…safely


During these stressful times, nature provides a way to feel connected and a sense of calm.  
 
 

 History & Tranquility on Ballston Bike Path

 
Enjoy a unique soundtrack on the Ballston Veterans Bike Path in Saratoga County.
 

The Healing Power of Nature

 
While it can seem like folk wisdom, part of a romantic’s sonnet, or some strange approach involving breakfast cereal à la John Harvey Kellogg, there is a lot of hard science behind the concept that time spent outdoors has healing benefits.
 

Virtually Visit New York State Parks

 
Although we're discouraged from venturing too far from home for our nature fix, we can still “explore” state parks without leaving home. State Parks offers more than 120 virtual tours featuring 360 degree views of parks, historic sites, and other public lands.

New York State Budget Prioritizes Environment

 

The FY2020-21 New York State budget that passed earlier this month avows the importance of preserving our natural environment and providing safe, high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities.
 

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day


April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In 1970, the first official Earth Day celebration occurred as a day of education about environmental issues. 

 
 
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FIELD NOTES

April 1 marked the opening of New York's trout and salmon fishing season.

Discover how the outdoors can improve your health and wellness.
Look for a quote from Parks & Trails New York.

Funding is available for urban areas with a population of at least 50,000 to develop parks in underserved areas through the federal Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership. Deadline July 10.

Construction continues on the Empire State Trail. More than ever, the importance of trails as public health infrastructure is clear - thank you to all of those working to finish the 750-mile trail by the end of 2020.

CALENDAR

APRIL 22
Earth Day

APRIL 24
National Arbor Day

MAY 2
I Love My Park Day 
(cancelled due to COVID-19)

MAY 9
World Migratory Bird Day

JULY 12-19
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