Tips For Enjoying The Great Outdoors

Get out there and have some fun! It's the season for hiking, camping or simply enjoying a day with the family at the park. But before running out the door, make sure you're properly prepared and armed with basic safety information.

"With blue skies above our heads and nature below our feet, spending time in the great outdoors can be both an exciting and humbling experience," says Jeff Corwin, explorer, biologist, conservationist and host on Animal Planet. "But before lacing up the hiking boots and packing up the rucksack, there are some crucial things that every novice adventurer should know."

Here are some tips from Corwin to help you and your family safely enjoy the outdoors:  

Always Be Prepared
Whether you're going camping in the woods or hiking on a trail, don't forget to pack necessities, such as water and a flashlight, as well as a first-aid kit and any medication you may need. For people with allergies, this probably includes an allergy medication. However, just as you would at home, keep all medicines and first-aid supplies out of the reach of children.

Maintain Your Distance
While the national parks are available for everyone to enjoy, they also serve to protect wildlife and their habitats. Therefore, when observing animals in the wild, use your common sense, follow the rules of the park and keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Protect yourself and the animals to promote good stewardship of the environment.

Don't Miss a Moment
Whether you're venturing out to a national park or staying closer to home, it's always good to do your research before heading outdoors.  Our natural spaces have a lot to offer, so select a site that has the features and activities that you and your family can enjoy together.

Preserve Our Parks
With nearly 400 National Parks spread across the United States, your next outdoor adventure could be as close as your backyard. While enjoying the beauty and exciting activities that the parks have to offer, don't forget to clean up after yourself and respect the environment. 

Before heading out for a family adventure, be sure to prepare properly. And once you're out and about, always follow basic safety rules and clean up after your fun is complete.

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