Spending time outdoors is beneficial to both physical and mental health. Make sure your outdoor recreation still falls within social distancing guidelines outlined by the CDC and state and local governments. For more info about what areas in Oregon are closed, check out this webpage from Travel Oregon.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Take your study session outside
- Go on a walk, run, or bike ride through your neighborhood
- Have a picnic in a park (bring a towel or blanket to avoid touching surfaces like tables or benches)
- Go on a new hike
Here are some resources to help you get outside:
Local Parks (most park features, like courts and playgrounds, are closed right now, but you can still walk on trails and streets)
Garfield Park – Ashland – Garfield St and East Main.
Hunter Park – Ashland – Between Walker Elementary and Normal Ave.
Lithia Park – Ashland – Downtown, access by the plaza.
Best Trails near Ashland, OR – Many Ashland trails can be accessed easily from the SOU campus!
Hiking Project – This REI app helps you discover more than 217,049 miles of trails to hike with your favorite people, and new trails are constantly being added.
AllTrails – 50,000+ routes, all the trails on the app are curated by hikers and mountain bikers all over the country.
Explore From Your Couch
Epic Films for the Great Indoors – a collection of short adventure films from our friends at the Banff Centre.
GeoGuessr – this site drops you somewhere in the world (via satellite maps) and you have to guess where.
Virtual National Park Tours – check out these natural wonders you can explore digitally!
For even more online wellness resources, check out our complete list here.