With virus worries, shutdowns and social distancing, those who know the benefits firsthand say outdoors spaces and activities are just what the doctor ordered.

“It’s definitely a way to deal with the stress and concern,” said Amy Morris, a naturalist at Oxley Nature Center. 

State and local officials are keeping open spaces available for families and individuals who want to fill their social distances with the great outdoors during shutdowns ordered due to the coronavirus threat.


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Tourism information centers and state park lodges, nature centers, group camps, dining halls and community buildings at the state parks are closed through April 15, but rental cabins, campgrounds and outdoor sites will remain open. 

Everything from going for a walk or playing at a neighborhood park, to fishing, hiking, biking, harvesting wild edibles, or birding and enjoying wildlife close to home or on an easy day trip can help beat the feeling of being sequestered.