A Better Valentine’s Day: 5 Ways to Share Your Love of the Outdoors
February 14th is a day set aside for love. So what better way to celebrate than by sharing your love of the outdoors? Think kayaking instead of candy, conservation with your calla lilies, and dinner plus discovery. We think the sweetest days are the ones spent getting out there to explore your world and make it better.
Here are five ideas to make it an even better Valentine’s Day this year:
1. Do what you love together
You know the saying, couples who play (read: go outside and have an all-out blast) together stay together. Think two-person kayaking, side-by-side paddleboarding, and meeting at the trailhead for some quality time in nature. Or when’s the last time you went flying down the sled hill? Dinner for two is extra satisfying after a little adrenaline and exhilaration.
2. Do good together
Here’s a great way to spread the love: while you’re out exploring or having a picnic dinner, grab a trash bag and help clean up the beach, shoreline, or trail. According to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, things like cigarette butts and food wrappers can take up to five years to decompose, with fishing line and aluminum cans taking up to 100 or more. KEEN is a longtime partner of Leave No Trace, which helps educate the public about enjoying the outdoors responsibly. Get involved and find out how to volunteer in your state at the Leave No Trace website.