By: Jessica Lee
We at Oakmoss Collective live for warms days and the chance to go outside. We enjoy the beauty of nature, from the sound of woodpeckers in the tree outside our bedroom window to the laughter during a Frisbee game out in the yard. I find that everything is simpler, freer, and happier outdoors.
This spring as the weather warms and we begin to make summer plans, try to make memories outside, in the shade of a willow tree or splashing through a creek.
If you are new to your area, or if you have never discovered a great outdoor place near your home, check out this list of U.S. State Parks. Make a day trip or even just hang out for an afternoon at a nearby park.
What are some things to do at a State Park?
- At every park I’ve ever been to I’ve seen countless people being active. From training for marathons to taking a simple stroll to walking their dog, people use these parks to get moving! Most parks have designated trails for bike riding, too!
Get a Picnic Basket
- Most State Parks have a designated area for picnics complete with picnic tables, restrooms nearby, and trashcans. Why not make some sandwiches, or even order take out and drive to a nearby park? Just make sure to clean up your mess. Parks pride themselves in preserving nature, so don’t do any harm.
Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
- Bring a journal, your camera, your sketchpad and paints. Being in nature is a great way to inspire your next story, poem, or painting.
Get a Group Together
- One conflict that often arises within my friend group is that we never know of a place to go that will fit all of us, and that we will all agree on. No problem. Everyone could bring his or her own lunch. Some could bring bikes, some could bring a football/Frisbee, and some could bring a camera to have a photoshoot. The more the merrier! There are so many options; everyone will have a great time. Check out your local state park to see if there are any campsites or fire pits to make your group trip even better.
- Most State Parks have a great history to them. There are often plaques, monuments, and displays of historical facts. Some parks are dedicated to a certain person or even to the preservation of certain animals. Check out what your local parks are all about. You just might learn something!