Take Care Out There
Oregon is a beautiful place and we’re lucky in Tualatin Valley to be perfectly situated between mountains, forests, coast and farmland. We love this state we call home. That’s why we want to enjoy it, keep it beautiful and stay safe with these simple values: Prepare, Care, Connect.
When you’re ready to head outdoors, don’t forget to be prepared. That includes everything from bringing the right gear to knowing your group’s abilities.
Ask yourself — Who’s coming? What’s the terrain like? How much time do you have? Consider these factors and know the conditions before you head out.
Don’t forget the essentials. Wear layers and sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, snacks, maps and cash for any recreation fees.
Another vital thing to do before venturing into nature is to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
Respecting nature is an essential part of enjoying it. When you’re out in the elements, remember to stay on designated trails and leave the wild in the wilderness.
In addition to being prepared for the conditions you’re heading into, you should also know your own limits. Aren’t dressed as appropriately dressed as you thought? Know when you call it a day!
One of the common rules for ethically enjoying the outdoors is to leave no trace. If you bring something in, bring it out with you. That includes trash and your pet’s poop! Also, leave nature where it belongs. Enjoy what you see and leave it behind.
You should also take note of who manages the land you’re on. Is it a federal nature preserve? Or a city park? Check the rules and read warning signs so you know what to avoid.
Being outside has so many benefits for your mind and body. You get to engage your senses, recharge and relax while boosting your mood. Connecting with the outdoors is even better when you do it with family and friends.
Oregonians also love to greet fellow adventurers out on the trails! Say hello to those you pass and take time to meet park rangers to volunteers at cultural centers. Taking the time to chat with the locals may lead to learning something new about the area’s history and culture.
Share the love by shopping local, eating at nearby businesses and even consider donating to your favorite park.
So whether you’re a local or a visitor to our great state, remember to Take Care Out There! Love the great outdoors and it will love you back.
Taking Care with COVID-19
Spending time outside may be more important than ever since we’ve been asked to stay home to save lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As Oregon’s outdoor areas slowly welcome visitors back, it’s important to know how to stay safe and responsible out there. The principals of Prepare, Care and Connect apply more than ever in the time of COVID-19. Keep those things in mind as you approach parks with limited resources, facilities and staff.
While parts of Oregon are beginning to lift restrictions on business operations and gatherings, you should still stick close to home for outdoor recreation. Popular areas don’t necessarily have the resources to keep up with high demand. You should also not travel far from home in case the place you’re trying to go is too crowded and you have to turn back.
Social or physical distancing is also still key when you’re outside. Go out and about only with members of your household and avoid busy parks where you can’t stay at least 6 feet away from other groups. As of July 15, 2020, face coverings are required outdoors where you can’t maintain physical distance from people you don’t live with.