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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!

DIY Ugly Holiday Sweater
SD Nights Lead Squad member Makena demonstrates how to make an ugly holiday sweater with supplies you can find around your home! Click here to follow along.

Virtual Art Program
We're launching a virtual art program through the Spring Valley Teen Center, and you're invited! Each 1-hour class focuses on a different topic and medium, giving students a chance to get creative while exploring various artistic methods from the comfort of their home. Classes through January are full; please check back for future virtual programs!

  

  


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

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. 

SD Nights is going virtual, with interactive activities, games, classes and conversations designed for teens! 

January Calendar of Events

  • Friday, Jan. 22 at 5 p.m.
    Choose Your Own Game Show

    View the flyer: English/Spanish and follow the event on Facebook
    Our Choose Your Own Game Show event puts the power in your hands! Vote and decide which game show will be played. The game show options included are: Free Money Game Show, Showbiz Quiz, Cell Phone Smackdown, Playlist Bingo and Total Trivia. Winners will win $50! RSVP required; contact Carl McCullough at 619-961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov for more info.
  • Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.
    Virtual Art Class 

    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 discussion featuring a Tony Hawk video. RSVP required; contact Carl McCullough at 619-961-0159 or carl.mccullough@sdcounty.ca.gov for more info.
     

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Virtual Art Program
We're launching a virtual art program through the Spring Valley Teen Center, and you're invited! Each 1-hour class focuses on a different topic and medium, giving students a chance to get creative while exploring various artistic methods from the comfort of their home. Classes through January are full; please check back for future virtual programs!

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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. 

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’.

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