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Our Guide to Getting Outside

Your Guide to Getting Outdoors

Research has shown that time spent outdoors provides significant benefits to one's mental health. Gain ideas, tips, tricks, and strategies to ensure you are comfortable getting outdoors during the COVID-19 Pandemic, brought to you by Campus Recreation's Outdoor Pursuits program. 


Field Notes from OP

  • Kelsey and Jordan's second trip to Cuyahoga. Check out their trip report
  • Kelsey and Jordan visited Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Check out their trip report
  • Keep an eye out for more trip reports!

Trail Maps

Tips, Tricks and Best Practices

  • Remember to stay 6 feet apart. You can still practice social distance running, hiking or walking with friends!
  • Stay local, traveling to other communities puts them at risk (sorry, no visiting your favorite climbing crag for a while)
  • Smile and Say Hi. A smile is contagious, but not dangerous. Make your daily outing an opportunity to say hi and see other people. Just remember to keep 6 feet of distance between you and others.
  • Join an online support group, encourage your friends, create challenges among your group
  • Schedule it into your day, go outside NO MATTER WHAT
  • Take advantage of your local parks (but remember that the facilities might be closed)
  • Get creative! Always wanted to build a bouldering wall at home? Plant a garden? No better time than now


Interested in seeing what the OP team is up to? Check out our Strava club at: Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits