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2020 Thing We’ll Never Take For Granted Again

Our Green Spaces

For many of us, the pandemic renders evenings synonymous with Netflix and weekends with the outdoors. Wandering around the neighborhood or visiting a nearby park brings much-needed respite, and there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy: You can practice archery or bird-watch at the John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge; search for what are believed to be the city’s oldest and most historic trees at Bartram’s Garden; hunt for headstones at Laurel Hill Cemetery or the Woodlands in Southwest Philadelphia; go boating at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County; rock-climb in Wissahickon Valley Park; and hike and bike in many of the region’s state parks, including Ridley Creek in Delaware County and Marsh Creek in Chester. When there’s little to do but so much happening, nature can help us feel grounded. Plus, getting out and about makes returning to Netflix — and your couch — that much more rewarding.