Sunday, April 26th, 2020
In collaboration with National Parks Rx Day, we will be celebrating our annual Whatcom Parkscriptions Day. Although we will not be gathering, we are encouraging people to get outside, respecting the physical distancing guidelines.
We would love to see and share how you are getting outside amidst the COVID-19 pandemic – are you gardening, sitting in your yard, going on a neighborhood walk or getting to open space, woods or beach near your home?
However you are getting fresh air, tag us or use #Parkscriptions and we will share it.
Stay healthy, get outside, wash your hands and stay at home if you are sick.
Celebrating 2020 National Parks Week and Parkscriptions Day
Parkscriptions day hosted by Recreation Northwest, on Sunday, April 26th is an annual celebration of the Parkscriptions program serving Whatcom County- connecting people with positive outdoor experiences for healthier lifestyles and improved mental and physical health. The week aligns with National Parks Week (April 18-26), National Parks RX day (April 26th) and Earth Day (April 22nd).
Getting Outside Amidst COVID-19 Ideas:
When you are outside take a few deep breaths use your five sense to be present and mindful of what is around you. Here are some ways that might help guide you in focusing on each of the senses:
See: Notice the colors of the flowers blooming, shapes of the clouds change.
Hear: Notice the different sounds like birds chirping or rustling leaves on the tree.
Touch: Notice the different textures of bark, leaf varieties, sand in between your fingers.
Smell: Notice the fragrances of spring, fresh cut grass or flowers
Taste: Notice the flavors of a mint leaf from an herb garden
Sit on your front/back porch
Lay in the grass
Walk in your neighborhood
Mountain Bike – respecting physical distance from other bikers
Fly a kite, kick/throw a ball, or play tag in an open field or park – remembering physical distance with people that do not live in your household
Watch the Sunset at a nearby Beach
Go for a hike- respecting physical distance from other hikers
Stay tuned for any updates. In the meantime, fill your Parkscription by visiting our Park Finder to search 186 parks in Whatcom County. Filter your results by location and/or amenities. Find the park that is just right for your mobility, fitness level and personal needs, and Get Your Dose of Nature.