virtual recreation

Virtual Recreation Center

Welcome to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Virtual Recreation Center! This is your one-stop-shop for tips, tricks and tales to help you pass the downtime caused by school closures, quarantines and other COVID-19-related County advisories.

While our standard rallying cry is to encourage people to spend more time outside, we understand that recent realities may not make that feasible. We’re now poised to offer many of our incredible outdoor activities in an online environment, or in a manner that supports social distancing. 

Bookmark this page and check back often. We’ll post new content as new opportunities are available.

Indoor Activities 

You can explore the ‘upside of outside’… from inside your home!  

Showcase your creativity with these printable coloring sheets – featuring some of our favorite park locales! 

Be kind to your mind during Mental Health Month (May) with this coloring activity that spans emotions from Very Happy Halibut to Very Sad Shrew, with tips on how to move your mood in the right direction. It's made for kids but all can play along!   

Download the Energy Saving Adventures booklet for word games and other challenges.

View Ranger Kyle and his  virtual touch table – then try your hand at our matching games.

Complete all seven steps in our Happier Healthier Earth puzzle to win a cool prize. 

Watch  our most recent Facebook Live videos. We saved the clips in case you couldn't tune in... check back for new additions!

We launched a Nature Crafting series on our Facebook! Follow along for some fun, family-friendly DIYs with supplies you can find at home.

Try your hand at our Instagram Bingo Game.

Take a [Virtual] Hike. Experience our trails from your favorite mobile device.

View popular vantage points in 360 degrees. You take the reins in these interactive videos that offer walk-through reviews of historic sites and summits.

Learn from the experts. We made short videos to answer our most frequently asked questions! 

Follow us online. Join the conversation on our official social media channels. 

Stay informed. With information changing daily, it’s important to be in ‘the know’.


Outdoor Activities 

Shelter-in-place orders require us to stay in or near our homes... but that doesn't mean you have to skip your daily dose of Vitamin D!  

Take a stroll around the block! You don't have to go far to find cool stuff in nature –  try this scavenger hunt in English, or Español!  

Download the Libby app, andd read in your patio or yard! This is a free book-sharing service offered through County Libraries.   

Live near a County park or preserve? Cool! Verify it here. Most County parks and preserves remain open as long as social distancing is maintained, though some on-site amenities are closed for your safety and ours.

If you don't see your park, Google it to see who manages it and visit them online. Every jurisdiction has the right to stay open or close, adhering to local state and  federal guidelines.  


How You Can Help 

We all have a role to play to help prevent the spread of coronavirus while offering support to those in need. Here are ways you can pay it forward. 

Participate in the Live Well@Home 30-Day Challenge! In May, the County's Live Well team will be posting daily challenges  to help keep you balanced - physically, mentall and emotionally. 

Practice social distancing. Here are six tips for success

Share and be aware. Following proper trail etiquette means exercising caution, using communication and acting with respect. Watch this award-winning video for the inside scoop! 

Protect your pets! Here are seven things to keep in mind for their protection, as well as yours, as you venture into our park system

Support a Live Well San Diego Partner. The County has established working relationships with hundreds of local businesses that embody the Live Well commitment to healthy, safe and thriving communities. Consider following them online, attending a virtual workshop, purchasing a gift card or ordering takeout to help keep them in business during this trying time. 

Pledge to make a difference. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has joined forces with the San Diego Foundation to establish a COVID-19 Community Response Fund that makes emergency funding available to nonprofits and rescue crews helping to combat coronavirus, and those dedicated to providing support for affected individuals and businesses. 


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