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2 weeks ago
Roller Skating Night Out 2 weeks ago

Roller Skating is making a comeback in a big way! From roller derbies to roller date nights, more people want to experience the thrill and fun of roller skating at their local rink!


It's easy to rent or reserve a time for your community any night of the week. Call your local roller rink to inquire about group discounts and other booking requirements.


No Skates? No Problem!


It's not likely that many people will still have their old sets of skates or blades. But no worries…the rink has them on hand to rent!


Roller rinks sometimes provide rental skates as part of admission fees, so there is no reason to bring your own! However, do check the policies of your local rink ahead of time to understand what services are included with their group rate admission fees. There may be an additional fee to rent skates.


***TIP*** Remind residents to wear socks and shoes to the rink, not sandals. Otherwise, they will usually have to buy a pair of socks before they can wear their borrowed skates! Alternatively, you may want to keep a few extra new pairs of children's and adults socks available for residents just in case.

Pick a Theme


Take your outing up a notch!


To make things even more fun, ask the skate rink management about the possibility of doing a theme for your community skate night! Encourage dressing up in costumes with games, prizes, and more!



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You can also ask the rink to play a range of hits from any recognizable decade: 70s, 80s, 90s, 00’s and present day!


***BONUS*** Did you know your community night at the roller rink can be holiday-themed as well. When's the last time you went to a roller rink for a community-wide ugly sweater costume party? I'm going to guess never!


Make your own new community traditions with a holiday-themed roller-skating night on the town! Your community skate night event is sure to be a big hit with young and old alike. Skate on!

2 weeks ago
Super Spikeball Tournament 2 weeks ago

Spike ball is an action-packed game that is popular and super easy to play. To encourage some healthy competition between residents, you can organize anything from a few pick-up games to a full-on tournament!


Learning to Play


For those unfamiliar with the sport, having a few lessons and practice games ahead of the tournament will be helpful for people to get the hang of serving and scoring. While the game and point system are both similar to volleyball in a lot of ways, there are also some important differences.


If you and your residents have never played before, here are some beginner instructions!


Additionally, serving is one of the more difficult skills to learn. Here are some more tips for mastering your Spikeball serve.




Here, you have a few options….


Go Authentic!


Buy an official set or two and extra Spikeballs from the actual company. You can also watch tutorials and learn how to play round-net and Spikeball from the people who created it!


DIY Round Net Setup


There is no shortage of online tutorials for making your first DIY round net. Additionally. handballs or tennis balls make a good substitute for the official Spikeball design.


Your maintenance team should be able to make a DIY spike ball net following these instructions.

Or this method is another way to go about it as well.


Game Modification Ideas


***BONUS*** Here are some “official” game modification ideas you can do to make play even more fun or accommodate different ages of players! Ideas include things like changing the ball you use, changing the rules, or changing up the number of players!


Host a tournament


Hosting a tournament is no different than any other kind if team tournament play. Register teams of two in advance and then make an easy elimination tournament using a printable template listing all the teams! (See this post for additional community tournament ideas and tips.)


Round net or Spikeball a lot more fun than you think! Each game is bound to attract quite a crowd due to its unusual nature. So hype it up, get residents registered, and have a super spiking great time!

3 weeks ago
Wine Down Wednesday 3 weeks ago

Sometimes you just need something to get you through the work week and “Wine Down Wednesdays” are the perfect way to get over the hump!

Pick some feel-good movies


This is where you can have a bit of fun! When choosing movies, you can either aim for modern favorites or old-school classics.

Think cult favorites from your residents’ teenage years, and other fun classics that will leave your residents with the warm and fuzzy feeling on their way home. Your choices may depend on the seasons, but you’ll all have more fun with movies that people know the plot inside and out!

Romantic comedies are great, but try to stay away from genres like thriller, horror, and overly loud action films. The idea is to leave your residents feeling relaxed and at ease after they leave your event - not amped up with adrenaline pumping through their veins after leaving your clubhouse!


***BONUS*** If you don’t want to show a movie you can also other activities into the wine and snacks mix like canvas painting, live music, dancing, poetry readings, open mic. nights, or even self-improvement and TED-inspired talks from local residents!


Tantalize the taste buds!


Serve a variety of hors-d'oeuvres and other simple snacks!



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This is where you can get a bit fancy if you like and serve up both simple and elegant appetizers to accompany the wine.

Make up some tasty cheeseboards, and serve up appetizers both cold and hot.

***TIP*** Stock you mini fridge ahead of time and pick up some delicious pairings at your local Trader Joes or other gourmet food store in advance. Chill whatever needs it well in advance of the event and keep a microwave and microwavable dishes available on site for heating up the hot snack on Wednesdays!

Ready to Wine Down?


Where would we be without the wine!

Depending on the rules in your community you can both purchase and provide the wine and snacks free of charge or ask residents to bring their own!



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To make for a fun recurring event you can subscribe to a “Wine of the Month Club’ in addition to picking up some good deals from local stores. This will add some elegant and special vintages to your more budget-friendly wines and allow you to do a bit of taste-testing each month!

You can either pay for all of the costs out of pocket or invite residents to pay a nominal fee to participate (which might mean better wines!)


***TIP*** For an extra feel-good feeling, include a charity component to your group event. Invite residents to promote and advocate for their charitable and volunteer organizations in the community.



After this event, your residents are sure to feel relaxed and ready to take on the rest of the week in stride!

3 weeks ago
Computer Skills 101 Class 3 weeks ago

In today’s modern world, technology is everywhere. We use programs and technology every day to reduce efforts and increase efficiency.

A basic introductory training in word processing, presentation creation, and spreadsheet preparation software will give residents a jumpstart in their job searches. It will also increase their productivity and efficiency at work!

One of the finest examples of such technology is Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite software. Teaching intermediate to advanced document preparation and other software skills in your community will be beneficial for beginners and advanced users.

Setting up

Arrange resident seating in the clubhouse or other community area by setting up several computer systems and a projector. Have plenty of outlets and extension cords available and encourage residents to bring along their laptops as well!

Additionally, you can choose to teach the three to four hour basic 101 intro course by hooking your computer up to a big TV and arranging areas to sit.

***TIP*** Provide simple snacks as well to keep brains active. Expect a big turnout!

If you don’t want to offer a 101 course in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, you can also offer a similar course in the free-to-use software suite of similar Google products (Docs., Sheets, and Slides). All of these softwares are free to use and are simply available to users after setting up a basic Gmail email account.


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Either way, both of these software suites will give residents enough tools to manage office work from entry level jobs to the highest management level.

Topics to cover at your event can include:

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheet preparation
  • Presentation and slides preparation
  • Email management
  • Calendar management
  • and so much more!

After conducting a few free classes, expect to develop a good rapport with your “student” residents! For future events, prepare more space to accommodate larger groups.


You never know, your resident students may even work their way up in skills to be ready to tackle official Microsoft authorized certification! This could generate funds for your community as well and build excitement for ongoing monthly trainings!

3 weeks ago
Trunk-o-ween 3 weeks ago


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Tailgate trick-or-treating is where people decorate their vehicles in a Halloween theme. Children go from car to car to collect candy and it’s tons of fun for the whole community.

Tailgating trunk decorating party


With this event, the idea is to encourage residents to decorate their trunks (or tailgate).


One of the easiest ways for residents to decorate their car is to choose a theme. It’s very similar to choosing a costume, and you can even choose a theme which will go well with your costumes. Consider using your car or truck as an extension of your costume themes or an oversized prop!

Here are a few ideas:

  • Dress up like a chicken and have some toy chicks in the trunk.
  • Decorate your truck in a specific era and dress up like a famous performer of that era.


Remember, since it is a family event, it’s important to remind residents that the costumes and decorations are not overly sexual, graphically violent, or scary.



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Bring candy to share


Expect a big turnout of residents at this event! Encourage residents to give candy from their trunks and bring a bag to collect treats of their own!  


It’s best for the community if candies are brought from each family and shared among the participants. However, you can also set up some staff members in costume to go around and give out candy as well.


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***TIP*** Recruit individual residents to pass out some candy from bulk bags that you give them in advance. Make sure you grab your chance to trick-or-treat for some candy for yourself too!

Pumpkin carving contest


A pumpkin carving contest will attract additional interest from all age groups. Try to give ideas and some instructions ahead of time. Choosing a theme and invite residents to participate in your pumpkin carving contest.

Give prizes for the best decorations and costumes


The residents’ committee or the event board can select the best-decorated cars. Small but relevant token presents will create excitement among your residents.



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You can also snap pictures of participating kids in their costumes. Hold a community vote for the best dressed in each age group on social media as well as the kids.


Community events encourage warmth and sharing between residents who see each other every day. This Halloween-themed event is sure to be a big hit with young and old alike!



2 months ago
2 months ago
Ask a Psychic! 2 months ago

Inviting a psychic to your community is a fun and entertaining event for residents! It allows them to get their pressing life questions answered in a clear and entertaining way.


Asking a psychic some questions about their life can help residents get insight into their struggles. It can also help them look to the future of their life in the coming year.


While this is a great activity at any time, it’s especially helpful at the end or beginning of the year. It can also easily be added as an attraction to other events like holiday parties and resident get-togethers!


Public or Private Consultations?


Ask the psychic what kind if set up they would prefer. Do they need a room and space for themselves? Or will a booth or table do the trick?


They will need to sit and speak with residents for a few minutes, so semi-private or even a fully private room is probably best.


Benefits of Bringing a Clairvoyant to Your Community


Because time travel is not yet an option for us, psychics are the next best thing. They can impart both understanding and wisdom as well as answer important life questions in our lives.


Bringing a psychic to your community simplifies the process. It means residents won’t have to travel to have their life questions answered by a professional.



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Inviting a psychic into your community is also a great way to test out such services. It gives residents a chance to understand what they can expect from specific spiritual teachers or from clairvoyants. Many psychics offer one free question and answer. However, you can also arrange in advance how much time they are able to give to each resident and at what cost.


What Questions Should Residents Ask?


Ask a question of great importance. It can be a question that concerns your family life, romantic life, health, or career. Ensure that your questions (or questions) are something that you’ve wanted to learn the answer to for a long time.


Your questions should also be about a topic that you’ve wasted many hours thinking about and pondering all the possibilities for your future.


Think what answer to a question could have the biggest impact on your future?



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***TIP*** It’s important to remember that when you bring residents a fortune-teller to look into their future, nothing is set in stone. Your residents can still change hardships into triumphs and successfully defeat challenges for better results.



Some mystics may have the gift of clairvoyance, you’re still the only one who has full control of your destiny. It can still be altered with the right mindset. You can still create a much brighter and better future no matter what kind of news from the psychic you get.

Even if your residents don’t 100% believe in the psychic’s predictions, it still makes for an entertaining event and great discussions! You can’t go wrong with getting free fortune-telling services. And you never know: a clairvoyant may actually hold the answers to what your residents want to know about their futures!

2 months ago
Take Us Out to the Ball Game! 2 months ago

Host your next community outing at the ballpark!


The fun, excitement, and relaxed atmosphere of Minor League Baseball (MiLB), along with the ease of planning a group outing to your local stadium, will make for a rewarding experience that shows you’re a community All-Star.


Why the Minor Leagues?


Minor League Baseball (MiLB) has over 170 teams across fourteen leagues, many of which are affiliated with professional teams. MiLB also hosted a total of over 41 Million fans in 2017! Major League Baseball (MLB) game attendance is falling but MiLB attendance is on the rise because of its appeal and affordability to baseball fans!


All you need to do is select your game date, seat locations, and perfect pregame meal: and there are options to fit every budget. Many stadiums also offer picnic areas or even All-You-Can-Eat seats!


MiLB Game Group Tickets benefits                

Affordable Pricing

MiLB is way cheaper than major league games. You’ll save an average of $15 per person in concession spending alone. Reserved group tickets cost around $8 depending on your state and team. Some of the best group seats in the stadium may not even set you back more than $20!



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It takes around $220 to treat a family of four to a Major League Baseball game experience (including all the concessions and merchandise!) However, in the Minor Leagues, a family of four can get away with spending almost 1/3 of that - around $70 - which makes it a much more affordable alternative! And if you only want tickets, you can easily get away with spending less than $10 per person!


Easy Planning          

MLB teams and sales reps make it easy to book your tickets. Most groups can be booked via email or by phone in only five minutes.


Reserved Seating

You’ll get a “block” of seats rather than a row. This means that people can talk to those in front or in back of them – a great way to build friendships and community! A block of seats together means that your residents can also be unified enough to start the wave.




Video Board Recognition

In some stadiums, your group name will even be recognized on the video-board during the game for everyone in attendance to view. This is a great marketing and PR opportunity for your community!



For casual fans of baseball, there’s no question that minor league baseball (MiLB) is much easier to access and more affordable than that of MLB.

So get out there and watch a game or two, and don’t forget to sing along with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch!

2 months ago
On-Site Dance Lessons 2 months ago

There are hundreds of ways to stay active, but one fun activity involves bringing a dance class right into your community!

Have an open space that can accommodate a large number of residents? Invite a Modern Dance or Hip Hop instructor into your community to give an on-site lesson. If your residents enjoy themselves, this could even turn into a weekly or monthly event!


What can Residents Expect?


Most dance classes start with a posture check and a body-loosening warm-up. The warm up may incorporates Ballet and Yoga moves along with some basic Hip-Hop or Jazz steps and stretches. The goal is to let go of tension in joints and flex the whole body.


Next, residents will learn and practice a basic choreographed routine taught by the instructor. They may also learn and practice a slightly more challenging routine as time permits. It’s a healthy workout and uses more of your body than you might expect!

The workout is usually followed by a good, thorough cool down session before ending the class.


What to Wear?


The best Modern Dance and Hip Hop clothing is anything that's loose, comfortable, and allows freedom of movement. However, it should not be so baggy that it gets in the way of dancing or needs to be adjusted frequently. Both will distract you from the theme your instructor has given you or the shape/position of your legs and hands.



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Basically, you don’t want your beautiful dancing to be interrupted by your own outfit!


What’s on the Feet?


Modern dance is fluid and interpretive, so it’s well suited to not wearing anything on your feet at all. If you opt for hosting a hip-hop class - which naturally requires more grip and stomp - you can allow residents to wear comfortable, non-marking, and flexible shoes or sneakers. Socks are also okay.


***TIP*** Encourage residents to pull their hair back and out of the way during class and keep jewelry to a minimum. If they want to rattle and jingle noisily when they dance, book a belly dancing instructor instead!


As the organizers, you may also want to provide individual bottled waters or a water dispenser for pre-and post-workout hydration for your residents.


That’s literally all you need for any kids of contemporary dance class. But to get the most from the experience, a big smile also helps!


2 months ago
Bring Your Own Brushes 2 months ago

In addition to a fun and rejuvenating Spa Night, the ladies on your property will love having a hairdresser come on-site to explain and demonstrate various hairstyling techniques!


At this “Bring Your Own Brushes” event, residents can bring their own hair products, brushes, and styling tools and learn beginner to advanced hairstyling techniques.



Invite a local, licensed hairstylist to visit your community one evening or weekend. Demonstrate a number of daily wear and up-do styles and techniques.


Ladies in your community will have a ton of fun getting their hair made up and practicing their new skills.

Teaching Hairstyling Techniques


Speak to your hairstylist to create the curriculum for the event. Some styles, skills, and ideas you may want to touch on as a group include:

  • Blow dry techniques
  • Braids
  • Backcombing techniques
  • Up-dos
  • Half up, half down styles
  • French twists
  • Buns (high, low, side)
  • Product recommendations
  • Common mistakes


The goal is to watch, practice, and learn as many hairstyles as possible! But most importantly to have fun!


Have groups of ladies come in with their own hair products and tools and teach them how to use them while they are having light refreshments! You can also have one or more residents as volunteers who get to walk away beautiful!  

A hairdresser who teaches techniques with hair tools is an awesome guest to host in your community. So bring your brushes, tools, and mirrors to have a blow-drying good time!

2 months ago
2 months ago
Themed Murder Mystery Dinner 2 months ago

A mystery or murder-mystery dinner is an exciting activity to set up and act out.


It's especially great for residents that have flair for the dramatic! This is because they’ll have to stay in character for a good two to three hours as you all have your meal and act out the drama!


Getting set up


To plan your party, you can either purchase a physical box kit or download instructions sharing everything you need to get started. Either way, there will be pointers for both the organizer and all participants. There will also be some tips on how to dress to stay in character.


You can purchase murder mystery mingle kits online from sites like Shot in the Dark Mysteries or download a mystery dinner pack from sites like Night of Mystery.


Cook or cater the themed dinner



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As part of this event, you’ll need to put together a themed dinner as well. For example, you would arrange Italian food to go with an Italian-themed murder-mystery.


Choosing your guests


The dinner will only run smoothly if all the roles are filled. Therefore, the most important thing to remember is the number of guests must be set and guests need to be registered in advance.


You can hold informal “auditions” so to speak by having residents stop by the office. You can also ask residents to register themselves (and pay to participate) in advance.


Once everyone is signed up, send dinner invitations and instructions to each guest. And if you end up a participant or two short, you can always also invite local theater students to fill-in!

Dinner is served!

2 months ago
Group Amusement Park Adventure 2 months ago

If you've ever visited a theme or water park in a large group, you know there's fun in numbers!

Attending as a group is also cheaper as well!

Most parks offering discounted ticket prices to larger groups. This makes a group outing to a theme park a no brainier for communities aiming to offer extra value to their residents.


Best ticket prices


Depending on which local park you attend, you can expect to pay about 10% less per ticket for groups over 20 or so people. The requirements and restrictions for large groups vary from park to park. Do check with your local amusement park or waterpark for exact details.  


Getting a discount on entry tickets frees up more cash for residents to spend on things like refreshments and souvenirs. This makes for an overall more enjoyable, entertaining, and memorable experience!


Additionally, if you plan your event in off-season timings, you can sometimes score additional discounts and perks during bookings (or even better group rates.)



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Charter a bus for less stress


To offer even more value to residents, you can charter transportation to and from the theme park. This will save on individual parking fees.


Chartering transportation will also help you keep track of your group, save on gas, and ensure a quick and safe arrival for all your residents.


**BONUS** Some group bookings allow a single bus to park for free. Other parks even comp. a ticket and meal to the driver or organizer of the group!


Charting group transportation means less stress for families. It can also turn the travel to and from the park into part of the adventure!


Plan a full day of activities


Not everyone will want to ride the rides together, but you can build a few check-in times into your schedule!


Reconvening as a group for mealtimes is a great way to encourage your residents to share their experiences and connect as a community.


One last meet-up for coffee or tea in the afternoon or evening before leaving is your best bet for making sure no man, woman, or child gets left behind.



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Make sure everyone knows what time the bus is leaving and keep everyone's phone numbers handy if you have to call or hunt down any residents.


A group outing to a theme or water park is a great way to offer additional experiences and value to your residents. It will keep them excited to be a part of your resident community year after year. Have a great trip!

2 months ago
Social Skiing 2 months ago

I absolutely love this game as it forces the residents to work together and coordinate! What do you think? Fun idea?


3 months ago
“Green Your Clean” Meet-up 3 months ago

“Green your clean” with a home cleanser DIY community meet-up!

One powerful thing we can do to make our homes and communities safer is switch to using chemical-free home cleaning products!

More than 50 million Americans experience allergies and asthma each year as a result of environmental irritants and toxins. Modern cleaning products can contain as many as 1000 different chemicals! Many of these chemicals can irritate the skin and lungs or cause asthma symptoms - even in otherwise healthy individuals.


To combat these harmful effects, have residents “green their clean” with this home cleaning supply crafting workshop!


Making the Stations


Set up multiple tables and stations where you can demo the process for making each “green” home cleanser. You can also demo how to actually use that particular cleanser!


Have materials; like cleanser ingredients, spray bottles, labels, and markers, on hand for residents to mix up and label their own cleansers.


***TIP*** While the ingredients in these recipes are relatively low cost, it can add up. If your community needs to penny pinch, have residents register and pay in advance. You can also collect the fee on the day of the event to recover your costs.


Three powerful, natural, home cleaner recipes

All-Purpose Cleaner




  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 gallon (2 liters) of water

Mix vinegar and baking soda into the water and add to a clean spray bottle. This formula can be used for the cleaning of windows, kitchen spills, countertops, shower water deposit stains, bathroom chrome fixtures, bathroom mirrors, and more.



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Heavy-Duty Carpet Cleaner




  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup borax


For this heavy-duty carpet cleaner, make a paste using 1/4 cup each of vinegar, salt, and borax. Rub the paste into the carpet stain and leave for a few hours. Vacuum when mostly dry.


Bathroom Mold Deterrent



  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1 cup water


In many communities, bathroom mold - especially in tile grout - is a common problem. It can also be a health concern!

To deter the growth of mold in bathtubs and showers, mix one-part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on areas with mold and wait at least one hour before rinsing or using the shower.


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For additional home cleaning product formulas, check out


***TIP*** Always test products in a small hidden area. Results may vary. Use caution with any new product in your home.

These substitution cleaning formulas are designed to help minimize the use of toxic substances in your community. They’ll also reduce the harmful environmental impact caused by the manufacture, use, and disposal of toxins.

However, even though the ingredients are relatively safer, ensure residents are still accurately labeling all their DIY cleansers. Remind residents to keep these homemade cleaning products, and all other cleaning products, out of the reach of childre

3 months ago
Community Nature Hike 3 months ago

We all need a breath of fresh air sometimes!

One creative way to provide that for your residents is to organize a nature walk on a nearby park or preserve!


There’s more fun in numbers! Hiking nearby allows you to take advantage of the natural beauty close to your community, without having to go too far.


Many urban areas are within 30-45 minutes of a large park or nature preserve. Ask around or search online to find what green open spaces and facilities are available to you!

Once you’ve narrowed down the list, arrange a day and time to go out “into the wild” with your residents.

As you arrange your outing, here are a few things to keep in mind…


Guide or No Guide?

You can ask for a knowledgeable community member to step forward and lead the pack, or you can manage the group yourself!


If you’re planning to lead the walk yourself, consider studying up and walking the trail yourself first with a local plant and animal guidebook in hand. This way you’ll know the paths in advance. You’ll also have time to plan what features you will point out to residents on the day of the hike.


If there are experts available, you can also coordinate with a local forager, horticulturist, or field guide in your area to arrange an afternoon of walking, hiking, and learning about the local flora and fauna.

Either way, residents should come away from the outing well exercised and having learned a bit about the local landscape.


What to Wear?


We recommend sturdy boots or sneakers for hiking along regular trails. Try to pick a trail that takes no more than an hour or two to complete at a slow pace. This way older residents and children can keep up!




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If there is a risk for bites from critters like snakes, mosquitos, or ticks in your area, encourage residents to wear long pants and long sleeves. You can also encourage them to apply sunscreen and bug repellent before heading out. Keep a first aid kit in your backpack, just in case!

You may also want to keep a bottle of non-toxic essential-oil based bug-repellent on hand to offer to residents.


Take Your Time


While you should have a meet-up time at the park or preserve, be flexible. Understand that it is meant to be an enjoyable and relaxing outing, and keeping to strict timetables is not always needed.


If residents want to spend extra time exploring certain areas on the trail - along the river for example - let them! You can gently urge them to move on after spending some time at any particular location.

The goal is to get exercise, visit, and get to know each other, all while exploring your natural surroundings. Encourage residents to stop and smell the roses (and other wildflowers) and fully immerse themselves in the natural world around them.

Whether you go as a large or small group, you’ll come back refreshed and energized as a community!