In this strange time of crisis, I want to let you know that all of us at Greenbelt are well, working from home, and thinking about how we can help. I hope you’re all well too.
While it’s incredibly hard to have our routines disrupted and options for activities curtailed, especially with kids, and to be separated from nearly everyone, I heard a nice phrase today that I share because it made me feel better: “It doesn’t have to be social distancing, just physical distancing.” We should try to find ways to remain socially connected.
Fortunately, physical distancing is still possible when you go out for a walk, a run, or a ride, and that is definitely something Greenbelt can help with.
Today, Cox Reservation in Essex was full of people of all kinds: families, older people with canes, dog walkers, couples. Everyone was far enough apart, but smiling at each other, happy. It’s wonderful that we can be the source of pleasure, health and relaxation!
Greenbelt has so many great places where you can get outside: trails that are short or long, easy or more challenging, in the woods, wetlands, or meadows… we’re working to modify our web page and social media to make it even easier for people to find nice places to go for a walk.
In the coming weeks, we hope to be developing new materials and suggestions for people to do things outdoors, or even from your home, that will inspire you, help you learn something, or at least feel connected to the beautiful physical world around us.
This issue of our e-news includes a few ideas we have to help you get outside, and updates on some of our ongoing conservation work. I hope you and your loved ones are in good health, and hope to see you, from a safe distance, on the trails.
Greenbelt is grateful to several professional and staff photographers whose work is featured prominently within our website.
Thank you Jerry Monkman / ecophotography.com, Lynne Holton, Kindra Clineff, Adrian Scholes and John Raleigh.