The newly formed Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition brings together more than 50 organizations to simplify and amplify guidance for getting outside safely during the COVID-19 era. Brought together under the leadership of Washington Trails Association, outdoor retailer REI, and state land managers, the coalition includes government agencies, nonprofits, and outdoor businesses inspired by a love of the outdoors and a desire to help people safely experience the benefits of nature while ensuring that our public lands stay open.

The result is six tips to help reduce the spread of the virus, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health guidelines, and recreation experts. Whether you are hiking, biking, paddling or riding (a horse or a dirtbike), these tips offer advice for how to recreate responsibly during this public health crisis. A simplified version of the tips include: Know before you go, plan ahead, stay close to home, practice physical distancing, play it safe, and leave no trace.

Learn more at RecreateResponsibly.org.