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Welcome to our Virtual Community

Visit us to find your virtual community. We’re here to help assist you achieve success through a multitude of online programs and services.

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  • 6 Feet

    Remember to stay 6 feet apart. You can still practice social distance running, hiking or walking with friends!

  • Stay Local

    Stay local, traveling to other communities puts them at risk (sorry, no visiting your favorite climbing crag for a while)

  • Smile

    Smile and Say Hi. A smile is contagious, but not dangerous. Make your daily outing an opportunity to say hi and see other people. Just remember to keep 6 feet of distance between you and others.

  • Online Support

    Join an online support group, encourage your friends, create challenges among your group

  • Schedule It!

    Schedule it into your day, go outside NO MATTER WHAT

  • Local Parks

    Take advantage of your local parks (but remember that the facilities might be closed)

  • Get Creative!

    Always wanted to build a bouldering wall at home? Plant a garden? No better time than now

Missing the outdoors or wanting to go explore?  Here are some ways to adventure from your own home!

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The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Teaming up with “Google Arts and Culture,” five different national parks have created virtual tours that allow you to explore and experience the parks.  Travel through hoodoo’s and gaze at the Milky Way in Utah’s Bryce Canyon, kayak through icebergs in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords, explore a lava tube in Hawi’i Volcanoes, “see” life as a bat through New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, or swim through the third-largest coral reef in the world in Florida’s Dry Tortugas.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

Explore and learn about a number of the main attractions in the park and find pointers to plan a future visit View the park through a number of live webcams, including one that will show you “Old Faithful” erupting.

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Rocky Mountain National Park’s “Wildlife Sounds Index”, Colorado

Need background sounds to bring you to the outdoors? Check out the “Wildlife Sounds Index” through Rocky Mountain National Park. The index covers anything from animals to various soundscapes to various parts of the park.

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Trek the Grand Canyon – Arizona

Click your way through the famous Bright Angel Trail and see the canyon walls in all of their glory. Traveling from the South Kaibab trailhead down to Phantom Ranch, this trek allows you to explore the trail yourself.

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