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Recreate Responsibly in Washington

We are proud to be co-leaders of the Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition.

The Recreate Responsibility Coalition (RRC) was born from unique circumstances and needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the coalition has developed and shared guidelines and messaging to ensure people have safe and successful outdoor adventures while caring for the places we recreate. The coalition also seeks ways to dismantle barriers to accessing the outdoors while increasing inclusivity and equity for those who find fellowship with nature.

How to #RecreateResponsibly in the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area

We’ve highlighted some quick tips to help you #RecreateResponsibly in the Greenway NHA. If you’d like to dive deeper into these topics (we recommend you do!), check out our list of additional resources below as well.

Once you’ve reviewed this information and are feeling ready, check out this page to find fun outdoor activities near you!

Know Before You Go

Trails, roads, or certain areas could be inaccessible due to unforeseen circumstances. Check local weather forecasts, recent trip reports, and the official website and/or social medial channels of your destination. In fall, winter, and spring months, check the Northwest Avalanche Center for snowpack reports, avalanche risk, and educational resources as well.

Plan and Prepare

Learn what permits and recreation passes may be required for your activity, and familiarize yourself with The Ten Essentials. Having and knowing how to use the appropriate gear for your activity could make or break your experience! Have a back-up plan in case your destination is over-crowded or inaccessible. Keep in mind that you may not have cell reception in the area you’re visiting. Before you leave, share your trip plan with someone you trust.

Build an Inclusive Outdoors

Historically, outdoor recreation and access to outdoor spaces have been systematically exclusive and rooted on stolen land. We must all work together to dismantle barriers to the outdoors while increasing inclusivity and equity for all seeking connection in and with nature.

Respect Others

Given record visitation to public, private, and tribal lands and waters, it’s important to remain understanding, respectful, and open to learning from others. The Greenway NHA encompasses the historic lands of many Indigenous groups who are the original and long-term stewards of these lands and waters. Learn more.

Leave No Trace

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks, and even in your own backyard. They also apply to almost every recreational activity.

Make it Better

We can all make a big impact on how we care for the outdoors together. We can take our love of the outdoors with us wherever we go and take action to protect the places we love. Here in the Greenway NHA, you can advocate for public lands, volunteer with us, or provide financial support to help care for this incredible landscape.

Additional Resources

The #RecreateResponsibly Movement

Time in nature has proven to be essential for all. Especially during uncertain times, all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts, to families heading out to their local park for the first time, can benefit from simple reminders about how to safely and responsibly recreate outdoors while caring for one another.

#RecreateResponsibly has grown from a hashtag to a nationwide movement with more than 3,000 organizations involved and six different toolkits (and growing!) to help people stay safe outdoors.