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DEC suggests that kids who are outdoors and active tend to be happier and healthier

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Summer’s here and it’s time to get outside, safely and responsibly. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, take the #PlaySmartPlaySafePlayLocal pledge.



PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE — Practice social distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask to protect yourself and others. If it’s crowded, find somewhere else to go.

PLAY LOCAL — Stay close to home and #RecreateLocal in your region — amenities like restrooms and restaurants may not be open.

PLAY SMART — plan ahead. Make a list of alternate destinations and places to visit.

PLAY SAFE — stay home if you’re sick or if you’re part of a vulnerable population.

Read More: Recreation destinations with access for people with disabilities

Check DEC’swebsite to see the current status of DEC campgrounds

Get your day pack ready with the 10Essentials for a safe and enjoyable experience. Plan a route that is based off how much time you have, your fitness level and experience, and the weather. Here are some great hikes for the summer. Many trails are also accessible to people with disabilities. In case you missed it, check out our YouTubeplaylist, which covers how to plan and prepare for your next hike. Check out some of the firetowers in New York State.

Read More: Visit a 2,000-acre treasure for walking, hiking, birdwatching and just for enjoying life




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