Looking to Safely Spend Time Outdoors? Hollins Faculty Offer Some Helpful Ideas

Valerie Sargeant Outdoors

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more and more people are heading outside as a way to stay healthy and ward off cabin fever. However, the dramatic rise in the popularity of outdoor activities has made social distancing, a key component of protecting oneself and others from the coronavirus, increasingly difficult.

To help maximize the benefits of spending time outdoors while safeguarding against the spread of COVID-19, Hollins Outdoor Program Director Jon Guy Owens and Professor of Anthropology and Gender & Women’s Studies LeeRay Costa recommend these tips for social distancing on trails and greenways. Included are links to finding trails close to home that are not heavily used, and practicing the art of “forest bathing,” a way of connecting with the natural world.