Get Outdoors

As a part of our Get Outdoors campaign, we are encouraging Blackford County residents to get outdoors and enjoy the great things our county has to offer. Why are we doing this?  Because enjoying our greenspaces and attending local events is good for you! That is why we need to keep Blackford County beautiful. Keep reading to learn more about how you can help. 

Whether you are from Hartford City, Montpelier or somewhere in between, we have something you can enjoy! 

Keep Our Parks Clean

Conservation of our parks is vital to keep them beautiful for decades to come. We need your help! The Hartford City Parks Department is tasked with keeping the parks as clean as possible. What a big job! 

While littering may seem like a small thing, it is harmful to the environment. It is essential that you leave the parks cleaner than you found them. This means making sure that you leave nothing, and if you see something that isn’t natural to the environment pick it up. That one small act of kindness will keep our parks clean and beautiful. 

Keep Blackford County Beautiful

Make Everyday Earth Day

Cleanliness is one of the things that you can do to keep Blackford County beautiful. You can also:

  • Stay on the Trails – Stay on the path so you don’t disrupt the natural landscape and wildlife. 
  • Take Only Photos – We know that nature is beautiful and it is tempting to take souvenirs, but leave everything the way you found it. Try not to deprive the wildlife of anything they may need. 
  • Be Aware of Noise – One great part of nature is that it is mostly quiet. In respect of animals and visitors around you, try to avoid things like playing loud music or shouting.

Adopt A Park

Do you know what would be better than just picking up after yourself? Ensuring that not just your space but the entire park is clean! While Blackford County doesn’t have an official Adopt-A-Park program, you can unofficially adopt a park. 

Remember to speak with Hartford City Park’s Department to discuss where clean-up may be the most needed. Pick your favorite park in Blackford County, and spend a couple of days a month cleaning up. Remember to wear gloves and bring a couple of trash bags! 

Encourage Community Clean Ups

While a one-person cleaning crew can make a difference, you can also invite your family, friends and coworkers to help keep Blackford County beautiful. One way to make a significant difference is to plan a group clean-up event. Some great days you can consider are National Clean-Up Day and Earth Day.  

Keep Blackford County Beautiful

Spend Time In The Parks

While keeping Blackford County beautiful is essential, that doesn’t mean that you should avoid the parks to keep them clean. Every greenspace in Blackford County is for residents to visit and enjoy. Because getting outdoors is good for your mental and physical health!

According to the U.S. Forest Service, “Being outside in greenspaces supports an active and healthy lifestyle, which has shown to increase life expectancy, improve sleep quality and reduce cancer risk.” 

Not only does it improve your life, but it also improves the quality of your life. Being outdoors can reduce depression and anxiety. From the same U.S. Forest Service articles, studies also show that “being in nature can restore and strengthen our mental capacities, increasing focus and attention.”

Get More Information 

We hope you learned more about how you can keep Blackford County beautiful. If you do any of these activities, make sure to take a picture and tag us on Facebook with the hashtag #getoutdoorsbc. For those who don’t already follow us, check out our social media! Get more fun tips and suggestions for getting outdoors by reading articles on our blog