Alabama State Parks are going virtual—why it’s awesome

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My face when I see people not social distancing. Photo via Alabama State Park Division’s Facebook.

Just about the only thing, we CAN do right now is go outside—at least it’s spring. However, not everyone is able to travel to Birmingham’s beautiful state parks in response to COVID-19 precautions. Luckily, they’ve worked hard to bring the park to you with virtual resources like park tours, online animal encounters and more.

What’s a virtual state park?

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Don’t worry about missing this amazing sunrise at King’s Chair in Oak Mountain State Park—they have you covered with a live video. Photo via Alabama State Parks Division’s Facebook.

 Unfortunately, many nature lovers are unable to visit one of the beautiful Alabama State Parks due to COVID-19 precautions. However, State Park Naturalists found a way to bring you the parks virtually.

It’s not the same as being in the great outdoors, but at least it’ll keep you occupied for a little while. Plus, you’ll be able to come out of this crises a wildlife expert.

What (and who) can I find there?

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Social distance, sleep, and repeat. Photo via Alabama State Park Division’s Facebook, taken by Carolyn Alexander.

In addition to the activities listed below, Alabama State Parks want to hear what you’d like to see online! Take this survey so they can hear your input.

Who doesn’t love adorable (and educational) animal content?

Go on a nature hunt to see what critters might be in your backyard.

You might even find a coloring book or two.

Check out the Facebook pages for the five individual parks and and see what they’ve got going on:

Are the parks still open?

Yes! For those lucky enough to live nearby please take advantage of the parks while still practicing social distancing. Camping, fishing, hiking, birding and biking are all safe, self-guided activities.

The parks are taking precautions such as canceling events, limiting the number of people in a campsite space and closing certain areas like beaches. Make sure you check with your state park before heading out there as it varies.

How you can social distance at the park:

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Irene Richardson
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