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How to Recreate Responsibly
Create Responsibly Edition

Greening production practices are critical for addressing climate change and our carbon footprints. But what about our literal footprints? When we utilize a space to create and share our art or message, we have a shared responsibility to one another, future generations, and the land itself along with its inhabitants.


Know Before You Go

Research and contact the location well in advance. Connect with land managers about permit requirements, weather, and local guidelines.

Plan And Prepare

The outdoors can be high risk with conditions that change quickly. Be ready with the right gear and be aware of drone "no fly zones."


Build An Inclusive Outdoors

Inspire others to see themselves in nature. Showcase diverse backgrounds, abilities, and meanings of the "outdoors."

Respect Others

Minimize impacts to other users. Avoid blocking trails, and give space to people recreating or working.


Leave No Trace

Respect the land, water, wildlife, and Native and local communities. Avoid sensitive habitats. Showcase responsible use.

Make it Better

Inspire others to respect and nurture our outdoor spaces. Depict responsible recreation in action - and behind the scenes.


Access the full Create Responsibly Edition communications toolkit here. 

Understanding creating responsibly outdoors...  

Creators are responsible to the outdoors. The purpose of anything we put out should lead back to building social and environmental responsibility and equity across platforms.

Summer Dip

when “in” water 

(intentional swimmers) 

swimming, paddleboarding, rope-swings etc.

Father and Son Fishing

when “on” water 

(potential swimmers) 

rafting, kayaking, human & motor-powered boating/fishing

Couple by Waterfall

when “around” water 

(un-intentional swimmers) 

Shoreline and other activities near water: hiking, climbing, picnicking

Kid wearing a life vest sitting on a sailboat with his arms stretched out to the sides like he is flying.

Check out these resources to help keep ourselves, others, and our waters safe!

Learning to swim is the  #1  water safety recommendation

Outdoor Afro's Swimmership applications are open till May 15th

Learn about TankProof's mission of helping everyone swim

Whitewater can be the most unpredictable and yet most heavily utilized waters

Check out these safety and #RecreateResponsibly resources from American Whitewater

Blue Water

For Resource Managers


For Program Operators

Blue Water
Couple on Pier

For Recreators

For Community Centers or Retailers:

Get a Recreate Responsibly Water Edition Poster or rack cards to share with your audiences.