The great outdoors has gone online! Thanks to several Circuit Trails Coalition members, you and your family can virtually visit some of your favorite spots from all around the Circuit Trails region – and discover a few new ones, too.
We’ve collected a list of some of the online opportunities our coalition members are offering during this time. Let your browser act as your trailhead to start your discovery of the wonderful destinations and trails #onthecircuit. Take a look below to see what you can plug into today!
Photo from Friends of the Wissahickon
The perfect way to begin your digital trail journey #onthecircuit starts with a visit to the Wissahickon’s Virtual Valley. The Friends of the Wissahickon have taken the wonders of the popular Wissahickon Valley Park and turned it into an online adventure hub. As you traverse this deep virtual valley, you can explore art and stories, hike through history, stream educational videos in the creekside classroom and even tune in to upcoming virtual events like Valley Talks and quizzo!
Photo from the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Log-on to learn the Tales of the Towpath with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’s interactive adventure. Travel through the canal’s rich history through photos, videos and articles to prepare for your next in-person trip on the trail.
Photo from TTF Watershed
Educate yourself online with TTF Watershed’s upcoming free webinars. Step up your sustainability by learning how utilizing a rain barrel can help decrease polluted runoff in our creeks and can save you money by conserving your tap water. Sign up for the webinar here. If you’ve had enough on-screen time, TTF Watershed is also offering ways to unplug. They will mail you Purple Coneflower seeds to spruce up your garden for spring or send you coloring pages filled with the wildlife you can find across the watershed. To secure you native seeds email your name and address to email@example.com; for the coloring fun, email your name and address to Julie@ttfwatershed.com.
Photo from D&R Greenway Land Trust
The D&R Greenway Land Trust is giving you the opportunity to explore destinations along the trails digitally, as well. Tour the 3,000 acres of wetlands and uplands that make up the Abbott Marshlands from the comfort of your own home with the TravelStorysGPS. Experience the Marsh by foot or by boat through your screen with the walking or paddling tours.
Photo from Brandywine Conservancy
You can bring the Brandywine art, trails and preserves home with you thanks to Brandywine Conservancy’s new online hub. Visit their website for calming nature videos that will make you feel like you are really there, downloadable coloring pages and family-fun DIY activities. Check back often as they will continue to update the page with new content from their home to yours!
Photo from the Clean Air Council
With Earth Day celebrating its 50th year this year, the Clean Air Council is holding its Annual Run For Clean Air race, but this year it will be virtual! Register to join the race here. In the spirit of social distancing, runners can run their race at any time by themselves, but you are highly encouraged to run during Earth Week, April 18 to April 26. Record your run time online to earn your medal!
Are there other online trail opportunities #onthecircuit that we missed? Let us know how you are virtually visiting your favorite trails #onthecircuit. Show us your online adventures by tagging us in your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Please note: As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve locally, before visiting any trail in person, we recommend that you take precautions by doing the following:
- Seek out and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) most current public health and safety guidance at coronavirus.gov.
- Refer to the guidance provided by your local/state government for more specific information about your community.
- Wear a mask
- Check with the local trail management organization to confirm the status of trail facilities. While many trails remain open, it is important to confirm before you head out. That contact information is available when accessing individual trail records at TrailLink.com.
- If you plan to visit a trail, be prepared that some trails may have limited services, including closed facilities such as bathrooms, depots and visitor centers, and limited or no staff.