Keep Our Safe Places Safe
Keep Our Safe Places Safe

Now more than ever, our favorite outdoor spaces are playing an important role in our lives. Together, we can continue to keep these safe places safe. Whether we’re out in nature or home in our backyards, remember that it’s our role to protect the lands we love.

Before You Go

Getting outdoors in our local forests and parks is important for many of us. Before hitting the trail or going to the park, remember:

Respect local guidelines and restrictions when it comes to stay-at-home orders, forest and park closures and fire restrictions. Check for closures before you leave the house.

Find a local park or trail that offers enough space for social distancing.

  • If you decide to leave your neighborhood, plan for several alternate locations, so if you arrive at your first one and there are crowds, you can move on.
  • Choose a less busy time of day, such as early morning.
Man checking mobile phone before leaving house
Man checking mobile phone before leaving house

Before You Go

Getting outdoors in our local forests and parks is important for many of us. Before hitting the trail or going to the park, remember:

Respect local guidelines and restrictions when it comes to stay-at-home orders, forest and park closures and fire restrictions. Check for closures before you leave the house.

Find a local park or trail that offers enough space for social distancing.

  • If you decide to leave your neighborhood, plan for several alternate locations, so if you arrive at your first one and there are crowds, you can move on.
  • Choose a less busy time of day, such as early morning.
Woman with mask walking dog in park

While Recreating

  • When visiting your local park or forest, please adhere to CDC guidelines.
  • Respect social/physical distancing recommendations. Avoid close contact with people, even when outside.
  • If the parking lot at your destination is full, that’s a good sign the park or trail is too crowded to safely recreate. Consider visiting an alternate location.
  • When parking at your destination, observe parking guidelines and remember, never park on tall, dry grass—the undercarriage of your car is hot and can start a wildfire.
  • While pulling a camper, boat or trailer, remember to cross your tow chains. Sparks from dragging chains on pavement can start wildfires.
  • If local regulations allow for campfires, always utilize existing fire pits and never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving your campsite, make sure to properly extinguish your campfire by: drowning it with water, stirring it, drowning it again, and using the back of your hand to check if the embers have cooled completely.
Woman with mask walking dog in park

While Recreating

  • When visiting your local park or forest, please adhere to CDC guidelines.
  • Respect social/physical distancing recommendations. Avoid close contact with people, even when outside.
  • If the parking lot at your destination is full, that’s a good sign the park or trail is too crowded to safely recreate. Consider visiting an alternate location.
  • When parking at your destination, observe parking guidelines and remember, never park on tall, dry grass—the undercarriage of your car is hot and can start a wildfire.
  • While pulling a camper, boat or trailer, remember to cross your tow chains. Sparks from dragging chains on pavement can start wildfires.
  • If local regulations allow for campfires, always utilize existing fire pits and never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving your campsite, make sure to properly extinguish your campfire by: drowning it with water, stirring it, drowning it again, and using the back of your hand to check if the embers have cooled completely.

At Home

  • Be sure to check for burn bans before starting a fire or burning yard waste at home.
  • If burning is permitted, always remember to have a water source nearby for the duration of your fire and ensure your fire is at least 15 feet from any structures or hanging branches.
  • If you need to clean vegetation from your yard, remember to keep your burn pile small, not tall. If your community offers yard waste pick-up, consider bagging your yard waste instead of burning it.
Woman reading book in front of camp fire
Woman reading book in front of camp fire

At Home

  • Be sure to check for burn bans before starting a fire or burning yard waste at home.
  • If burning is permitted, always remember to have a water source nearby for the duration of your fire and ensure your fire is at least 15 feet from any structures or hanging branches.
  • If you need to clean vegetation from your yard, remember to keep your burn pile small, not tall. If your community offers yard waste pick-up, consider bagging your yard waste instead of burning it.
Man in front of fire pit with shovel

Learn More Tips

There are many outdoor recreation activities that you can participate in safely while social distancing. Here are just a few that you can learn more about to get you started.

Learn more wildfire prevention tips:

Learn more tips for safe recreation and follow CDC guidelines while recreating outdoors:

Learn more about outdoor recreation activities you can participate in safely while social distancing:

Man in front of fire pit with shovel

Learn More Tips

There are many outdoor recreation activities that you can participate in safely while social distancing. Here are just a few that you can learn more about to get you started.

Learn more wildfire prevention tips:

Learn more tips for safe recreation and follow CDC guidelines while recreating outdoors:

Learn more about outdoor recreation activities you can participate in safely while social distancing: