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Take Advantage of the Outdoors

Keep in mind: It is important that children be physically active for at least 60 minutes every single day.

Virginia has many great opportunities for families to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Being active outside is important! Research shows that physical activity increases when children participate in activities and education outdoors. Find ways for your family to connect with the outdoors!

Discover Virginia State Parks

Visit Virginia State Parks
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Did you know?
Virginia has 35 state parks, and even more local trails! Find one near you!


Virginia Parks have many things to offer. From panning for gold at Lake Anna State Park, to learning about the fascinating legend behind the name of Hungry Mother State Park, to sighting Bald Eagles at Caledon State Park, or staying in cabins at First Landing State Park near where the first English settlers landed before settling in Jamestown, visitors are sure to enjoy Virginia State Parks. To see the programs and locations, visit the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation site.

Expand Physical Activity

Joint-use agreements encourage physical activity by increasing access to government property such as schools, parks and recreational facilities. Joint-use agreements are formal agreements that provide shared use of public property or facilities. For example, when communities lack safe, adequate places for children and their families to exercise and play, school facilities may open to the public. Gymnasiums, playgrounds, fields, courts, tracks and other sports facilities can provide opportunities for community physical activity when not in use by students.

Kids walking in a line at playgroundVirginia Trails

Trails are a great way to engage in physical activity in an outdoor setting. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy encourages people of all ages and abilities to get outside and get active on a rail-trail. Find local Rails to Trails locations.