As seasons change, so do our practices to stay safe outside and to protect the places we play! In the winter, the environment changes quickly and access points may be more limited. It may not be cold or snowing close to home, but that could change quickly as you venture out. Here are some tips to help you access the outdoors this season from #RecreateResponsibly.
1. Know Before Your Go
Some areas are seasonally closed or have limited hours, and many places become dangerous with winter weather. Research your destination, weather and road conditions prior to your trip.
2. Plan and Prepare
Know your limits and your gear. Pack extra layers, waterproof clothing, and safety equipment or beacons for the backcountry. Have a Plan B in case you can't access your destination.
3. Build an Inclusive Outdoors
Every deserves to experience a winter wonderland. Be an active part of making the outdoors safe, accessible, and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
4. Respect Others
From mountain tops to shores to prairies, parking can be in short supply in the winter. Park only in safe and legal spaces. Learn to Ski Kind or Tread Lightly when skiing, riding, or traversing off-road.
5. Leave No Trace
Respect the land, water, wildlife, and Indigenous communities. Follow the Leave No Trace Winter Use Principles.
6. Make it Better
Keep our winter playgrounds clean. Pack out any human or pet waste. Consider your responsibility to take action to protect our climate; today's snow is tomorrow's water.
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