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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.

New additions

Check out what was just added to our Virtual Recreation Center library!

Wellness Wednesdays
Join the SD Nights team for a new virtual wellness series designed especially for teens, called Wellness Wednesdays. Popular fitness activities are offered in 30-minute programs, for a quick workout and social connection. Classes are free but spots are limited; register in advance. All SD Nights Wellness Wednesdays events are free for youth ages 10-18. Info/RSVP to Carl McCullough at 619-961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov.

  

  


Virtual Tours


Hiking Trails

Take our Tour our Trails Challenge, which is comprised of 15 hikes across San Diego. Prizes will be awarded for every category you complete! Participation is free and booklets will be available at most County properties. Check back for updates.

Seven trailheads in our parks system feature TRACK Trails, a fun and interactive hiking adventure for kids. Starting at the TRACK Trails kiosk, kids can pick up an adventure guide, which provides information on the trail. Kids follow along and take notes – later logging them into their Kids in Parks account for a chance to earn prizes.

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Educational Videos

Learn about local parks and preserves, recreation opportunities, outdoor relaxation techniques, kid-friendly challenges, and the perks of spending quality time outside in this virtual workshop with Ranger Nicole! 

Tune into our first-ever virtual Dia de Los Muertos celebration! Local San Diego County park rangers, librarians, dancers and representatives of the Tierra Caliente Academy of the Arts have put on a special show - complete with a virtual park tour, cultural story times, how-to craft workshops and 14 dance performances representing different regions in Mexico. 

Throughout the month of October – or as we like to call it, Hawktober – we aired educational videos on local birds of prey. Clips were shown via YouTube every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Tune in to learn all about some of our favorite feathered friends, including hawks, falcons and owls! Click here to learn more and catch up on our videos below.

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

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

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Youth Activities

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. 

Join the SD Nights team for a new virtual wellness series designed especially for teens, called Wellness Wednesdays. Popular fitness activities are offered in 30-minute programs, for a quick workout and social connection. Classes are free but spots are limited. Register in advance. All SD Nights Wellness Wednesdays events are free for youth ages 10-18. Info/RSVP to Carl McCullough at 619-961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov.

  • Virtual Boxing Class: Wednesdays, 5 - 5:30 p.m. (View the flyer: English/Spanish)
    This boxing class is open to all fitness levels. You will experience a fast-paced, high-energy, action packed cardio workout designed to get you in shape and help you reach your fitness goals fast! Instructors utilize agility, boxing combinations, FUNctional training that will propel you into shape while giving you a bit of self-defense. Click here to RSVP.
  • Virtual Strength & Conditioning Class: Wednesdays, 5 - 5:30 p.m. (View the flyer: English/ Spanish)
    Join our strength and condition class that is designed to incorporate HIIT, strength and bodyweight drills to get your heart rate up. Each class will begin with a warm-up, feature various calisthenics and strength and conditioning exercises and fi nish with core work and stretches. An experienced fi tness instructor will lead the class and bring a strong level of enthusiasm, leadership and responsibility to their task. Participants will end each class with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Click here to RSVP.
  • Virtual Yoga Class: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6 p.m. (View the flyer: English/Spanish)
    Yoga is an ancient practice from India that includes natural body movements, mindful breathing, concentration, and connection to our-selves, one another and nature. The goal is to let your body’s wisdom guide you into a state of balance and harmony. All you’ll need is a little bit of space to move around in and comfortable clothing. Classes are led by Josie Duraso, who has been teaching yoga for 6 years. She started her work as a high school educator teaching science along with yoga. She is passionate about wellness, building community, nature and being a forever student. Click here to RSVP.

SD Nights is going virtual, with interactive activities, games, classes and conversations designed for teens! All SD Nights VIP Events are free for youth ages 10-18. RSVP required for all events; contact Carl McCullough at 619-961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov for more info.

April Calendar of Events (English/ Spanish)

  • Friday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m.
    Virtual Cooking Class

    View the flyer: English/Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Join our Virtual Cooking Class where our LEAD Squad Staff will guide you through a recipe you can prepare at home! This class kicks off  with yoga exercises to promote fitness, physical health and focus. Reserve your spot to secure free ingredients that will be delivered to your home. Click here to RSVP.
  • Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m.
    Virtual "Spin the Wheel" Game Night

    View the flyer:  English/ Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Wheeling like a winner? Okay, our puns are terrible, but this digital take on a classic game is perfect for your next virtual event! This game is as simple as it sounds. Spin the Wheel and ring in your guess for where you think it will land. Score the most points at the end of each round and you win! The game has four rounds, and participants will have a chance to win $50 each round! The event will start with a presentation from the San Diego Humane Society. Click here to RSVP.
  • Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m.
    Virtual Murder Mystery Game Night

    View the flyer: English/Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Our virtual mysteries provide a one-of-a-kind online experience where participants will interact with live suspects, hoping to successfully solve a crime. The suspense begins when guests enter the virtual scene where a murder has occurred. Soon after, our host will manage formal introductions so you can meet the guests and potential suspects. As the event progresses, the diabolical plot thickens, and shameful secrets and motives emerge! Before the killer event begins, participants will be treated to a quick presentation from San Diego Community College. Click here to RSVP.
  • Friday, April 30 at 5 p.m.
    Virtual Paint Night

    View the flyer: English/Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Are you ready to paint? Mix primary colors to make your own masterpiece in this unique art class led by a local artist. The event will begin with a drug awareness video from NaturalHigh.org and a discussion on alternative activities that make people happy and are considered their “Natural High”. Click here to RSVP.

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Family Activities

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!  

Try your hand at our  Instagram Bingo Game.

Enjoy our summer movies program from the comfort of your home! We will be suggesting movie titles that go along with our activity kits, which include DIY projects, games, recipes and more.

Download the Libby app, and 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. 

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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