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Social distancing and enjoying nature

You’re trying to do the right thing and maintain an appropriate social distance for the benefit of all during a time of concern about infectious disease. But are you also feeling stressed, worried about cooped-up kids, and wanting to maintain your health through exercise? Here are some ideas.

Get into nature

Nature-based activities within your home and yard

Woodland owners retreating to your forest oasis

  • Clear your roads and trails.
  • Walk the boundary.
  • Create an iNaturalist project and track your property’s biodiversity.
  • Report invasives.
  • Relax and read. 

Nature can help us manage stress, and get fresh air and exercise to maintain our health and improve our immune systems. There’s sound science about the benefits of nature. Find the full article here

Angie Gupta is an Extension educator with a focus on forest invasive species and private forest land management. She is based at the UMN Extension Rochester Regional Office.

UMN Extension resources on COVID-19.