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National Park & Recreation Month
National Park & Recreation Month
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July is Park & Recreation Month
& National Picnic Month!
This month, join us in celebrating community parks and recreational areas, including beloved picnic grounds!
We honor the tireless efforts of Portland trailsblazers—those diverse professionals who protect and sustain our green sanctuaries. From hiking paths, to playgrounds, to grassy expanses, parks improve quality of life and enrich well-being
Ready to recreate, advocate & create?
DIVERSITY OUTDOORS
PLANT SEEDS OF CHANGE
Portland Parks & Recreation's Vicente Harrison makes a difference as Park Ranger Program Manager, father, and children's book author!
The KATU Everyday Hero "rose from part-time, seasonal Portland Parks Ranger—and the first African American to wear the uniform—to his appointment to lead the program."
Through his book My Nature Exploration, Vicente encourages youth from diverse communities to "begin a relationship with nature..." Read more here.
GET TO KNOW 🌺 VICENTE
It's #BlackBotanistsWeek: Help amplify the voices of organizations working to create racial equity in natural areas:
Black Voices United (PDX): Creating safe spaces for communities of color.
Wild Diversity (PDX): Outdoor Education for BIPOC & LGBTQ.
The Black Outdoors: Increasing exposure to outdoor recreation among people of color.
Outdoor Afro: Where Black People & Nature Meet.
Image Credit: Portland's Potted Elephant.
LEARN 🌱 MORE
NOURISH CONNECTION
FAMILY MEALTIME
When it comes to picnics, raise a sippy cup up togetherness!
Pack up a basket and enjoy these fresh ideas for planning family meals. And leave room on your plate for conversation! [GIF: Amrita Marino Illustration.]
How to Have Better Family Meals: The benefits of dining together at home as a family
7 Picnic Games for Children: Work up an appetite...mentally and physically.
Summer FUN for Birth–Three: From toddler picnics, to cloud-gazing, to tummy-time on the grass, enjoy activities from ZERO to THREE.
HELP SUSTAIN OUR PARKS
The Museum is proud to call gorgeous Washington Park home!
Today, our society needs parks more than ever. Click PLAY to learn about one family's relationship with Portland Parks & Recreation.
A Message from PP&R: Our parks system is at a critical juncture. Learn more about how you can help center equity, restart recreation, improve access, and grow nature.
FIND A PARK 🌳 NEAR ME
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