• cynthiamorissette

Breaking Screen-Free Saturday Rules for Important Message

Good Morning Watershed Explorers,

I am currently getting in trouble with my daughters for breaking my family's screen-free Saturday rules. However, I want to continue my daily blog to all of you. I also thought it was important to bring you this special message.

I was inspired to write this blog from an article that I read yesterday from National Geographic. The National Park Service recently waived the fees to visit it's parks and this has in turn increased the number of visitors. This has made many of our health leaders very worried. Since I have been blogging so much about getting outdoors, I thought it was crucial to also remind everyone about the importance of social distancing. I am sure that you have all heard about this and our leaders are taking this very seriously. I hope that this doesn't discourage you and your families from getting outdoors, but I hope that you understand that there are some safety measures you can take to protect yourself. Remember to visit the outdoors with just your own family. Do not meet in a large group. If you get to your destination, and you notice that there are many others already there, choose a different spot to go or wait it out for a little bit until some people leave. While on your adventure, if you do come into contact with others, be sure to remain six feet away. This doesn't mean you can't say hello, but keep the distance between you. If you are still unsure about whether or not to visit a nature site, you can still enjoy time outside in your own yard, no matter how big or small it is. A small patch of dirt can be a home for hundreds of critters such as worms, sow bugs, centipedes and millepedes. So go check it out and get that dose of fresh air that all creatures need!

On another note: I have also read several articles about playgrounds and from what I can tell, it is better to avoid these play areas at this time. It's best to enjoy fresh air away from equipment and other surfaces.

As always, I miss you all and hope you are all well. Please get out and enjoy this beautiful day, safely!

Much love,

Mrs. Morissette