Take It Outside – a statewide initiative to promote and support businesses taking their work outdoors
Governor Raimondo's "Take It Outside" initiative aims to help people move activities outside that would normally be held inside, such as meetings, classes or other similar activities. During the winter, state parks are beautiful places to "take your meeting for a walk" or to picnic with workmates while you discuss your latest project. Just remember restroom facilities have been closed for the season and port-a-johns will be limited. Most importantly, all state parks are carry in-carry out – please leave no trace and bring your trash home with you.
Picnic sites and pavillions are available on a first come, first served basis in the winter – no reservation necessary. Bundle up and discover a new state park, scope out the perfect park bench to sit with a book or your laptop, or a head out onto a wooded trail where you can think big with colleagues while keeping safely distanced in the fresh air. You can learn more about Rhode Island’s state parks on this site.
If you’re interested in scheduling an event at a state park, please be aware that we are not accepting special use permits until January 1, 2021 for the next season. If you have questions about hosting events in state parks, please email DEM.RIParksEvents@dem.ri.gov.
If you’re hoping to host an event at a location other than a RI state park, please email email@example.com for information about opportunities to Take It Outside at other outdoor venues.