Join the Get Outdoors program

Join the Get Outdoors program

Summertime is almost here! Enjoy the outdoors and warmer weather by participating in GO! (Get Outdoors) Lebanon County from June 1st-August 12th

In its ninth year, GO! Lebanon County is a WellSpan Health program offered each summer to encourage children and adults to get outdoors and be physically active by engaging in letterboxing. Letterboxing is a hobby in which participants must follow written clues to locate hidden items. Throughout the 2024 GO and Choose an Adventure! program, search for 15 “portals” – wooden posts with an etched Plexiglass plate attached to them – which are hidden in various parks and along trails in Lebanon County. Participants use a crayon or colored pencil to “rub” the picture on the Plexiglass plate onto their program rubbing sheet. Participants can find 15 different “portals” hidden throughout Lebanon County trails and parks to be eligible to win prizes. GO! Lebanon County is digital and all participants’ progress will be tracked through the Beanstack app. Click here for more information on how to use the app. 

The official program guide and supplies can be found at any Lebanon County Library. All informational sheets must be returned to a library no later than August 19th to be eligible for prizes. Make sure to call ahead for library hours before picking up materials. 

Don’t forget, adults are now also encouraged to participate in GO! Hiking outdoors has many physical and mental health benefits, including destressing and improving your mood. Next time you’re having a rough day, take a break and get outdoors to hike one of the program’s trails! 

Lebanon County libraries and their contact information can be found below: 

Annville Free Library  
(717) 867-1802 
Lebanon Community Library  
(717) 273-7624 
Matthews Public Library  
(717) 865-5523 
Myerstown Community Library  
(717) 866-2800 
Palmyra Public Library  
(717) 838-1347 
Richland Community Library 
(717) 866-4939 

Other participating counties include Cumberland, Adams, Franklin, York, and Lancaster. Please note that individuals can participate in as many trails as they like throughout these counties. However, you are only eligible to receive program prizes from one county. Don’t forget to be aware of your surroundings as you hunt for connectors on the trails!  

Walking in nature can be a huge stress reliever, even for a short amount of time! Whether you hike a trail by yourself or with a friend, being outdoors and physically active can greatly benefit your mental health and wellbeing. Physical activity and mental health go hand in hand, so if you’re having a rough day, take a break and hike a trail to reset! You can find more information about how physical activity impacts your mental health, as well as additional mental health resources, at communityhealthcouncil.com.  

You can also find information about the GO! program online here.  

When venturing outdoors to participate in the program, make sure to remember the safety tips below:  

  • Use bug spray repellents with 20% or more DEET to prevent mosquito and tick bites that transmit illnesses like Lyme Disease. 
  • Avoid contact with ticks by avoiding wooded and brushy areas with high grass and walking in the center of trails.  
  • After coming indoors, check your hair and clothing for ticks. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing. Cold and medium temperate water will not kill ticks. Don’t forget to check your pets! 
  • Showering within two hours of coming indoors has shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme Disease. Find more information from the CDC on preventing tick bites here. Kids can follow along to a proper step by step tick check dance here.  
  • Apply broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ at least 15 minutes before going outside. Reapply every 2 hours or 40 minutes when in water. 
  • When applying sunscreen, use about 1 oz. (about a handful) to cover your arms, legs, neck and face. Don’t forget about your ears, hands, feet, and underarms! 
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses and cover up with long sleeves when outdoors to avoid getting sunburn. Seek shade specifically between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  
  • Always Spray, play, and repeat! 

More information on outdoor summer safety from the CDC, including water safety, can be found here

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