Get up and venture beyond the backyard this summer as you Explore Plano! Complete exciting self-paced challenges below and get acquainted with a few of the great things that the City of Plano has to offer. Share your progress and experiences on social media by using hashtag #ExplorePlano. The adventure begins June 1 and runs until August 31 so get your map and get started today!
Take and Share a Plano Wildlife Photo
Capture a wildlife photo (insects, birds, squirrels, etc.) along one of the trails at Oak Point Park and share on social media with hashtag #ExplorePlano. While you’re there find the Interactive Oak Tree at Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center and complete one of the activities it offers.
Attend a Free Cinematic Adventure During the Sundown Cinema
Attend the Sundown Cinema on June 9 and June 10 at the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Amphitheater. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, blankets, coolers and lawn chairs and embark on a free cinematic adventure in the park! Be sure to share your movie reviews with us by using hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Volunteer for a Litter Cleanup
Volunteer for a litter cleanup in your neighborhood. One of the ways we can keep Plano clean is by pitching in and picking up around neighborhoods, waterways and parks. Get a before and after photo of your cleanup by using hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Find and Take a Selfie Next to the Statue at the Police Station
Locate the statue of the police officer and the child located in front of the Plano Police Station in Downtown Plano. Once you do, get a selfie next to it and share on social media using hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Get CPR training with the Plano Fire Department
Take a Hands-Only CPR training at the Fire Administration Building anytime Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to learn Hands-Only CPR. It only takes five minutes! In those five minutes you'll learn how to know if someone needs CPR and how to do the very easy chest compressions you need to do to save a life. Take a photos while you’re there and post to social media with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Locate and Get a Selfie Next to the Dog and Cat Statue
Locate and get a selfie next to the dog and cat statue at the Plano Animal Shelter. Share your silly face and your selfie with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Take the 9-1-1 Quiz
Create an emergency contact form to put on your refrigerator. It’s always good to be prepared and know who to call in case of an emergency. Share a photo pointing to your contact form on your refrigerator using hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Learn a New Skill
Complete a certificate program at any of the Plano libraries through Lynda.com. The Plano Public Library System offers free resources which allow you to learn about photography, design, web development, software development and business. Share what you learned on social media with hashtags #ExplorePlano and #MoreThanBooks.
Create a Work of Art While You Learn Ways to be a Great Neighbor
Learn how to be a great neighbor while you color by picking up free coloring pages and crayons at the Neighborhood Services Department. Share a photo of your artwork or something nice you did for your neighbor with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Take the Flow Rider Challenge at Jack Carter Pool
Take the Flow Rider challenge at Jack Carter Pool. Be sure to have someone take a photo of you catching some waves and share it to social with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Take a Selfie Next to Railcar #360
Did you know that the old railcar #360 ran from Dallas to Denison from 1908 to 1948? Take a selfie next to the railcar at the Interurban Museum and share on social media with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Find a Storm Drain That's Missing Storm Drain Label
Find a storm drain inlet in your neighborhood that lacks the “Keep it Clean, Drains to Stream” label. Register to receive storm drain labels and everything you need to label the drains. Snap and share the label once you’ve complete the challenge using hashtag #ExplorePlano. Help keep our local waterways free of yard chemical, grass clippings and pet waste.
Attend a Crime Prevention Class Attend a Crime Prevention class on July 11 and a Personal Protection class July 25. Learn how you can better prevent and protect yourself and your belongings. Share photos from the class using hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Donate blood during this summer’s Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in July and vote for FIRE! If you bring a selfie to Fire Administration showing you with your ballot marked for FIRE, the Community Outreach & Education Office will give you a cool gimme gift and put your picture on our Plano Fire-Rescue Facebook page – be sure to share with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Donate Blood to Help Somebody Else
Donate An Unopened Bag of Treats
Donate an unopened bag of treats (canine or feline) to the Plano Animal Shelter. Take a selfie with the staff as you donate the treats and post on social media with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Practice Calling 9-1-1 With These Cellphone Apps Learn what to do in an emergency by downloading the free DialSafe Pro app (iTunes Store) or Emergency Practice Call app (Google Play). Share a selfie with hashtag #ExplorePlano once you’ve completed the challenge.
Visit the 18st AIRSpace (Artists In Residence Space) at Harrington Library for one of the artist-led workshops this summer. Share a photo of your artwork on social media using hashtags #ExplorePlano and #PlanoArt.
Visit the 18st Artists in Residence Space at Harrington Library
Share With Us Your Favorite Neighborhood Hangout
Share a photo of your favorite neighborhood hangout on social media with hashtags #ExplorePlano and #PlanoNeighborhoods.
Snap and Share a Selfie During Your Favorite Outdoor Activity
Take a selfie during your favorite Parks & Rec activity and share it using hashtag #ExplorePlano. It could be visiting your favorite park, taking a recreation class, or spending the day at one of the Plano pools!
Attend a Free Concert at McCall Plaza
Attend one of the free Friday or Saturday night concerts at McCall Plaza in Downtown Plano this summer. Get a photo next to the stage as you jam out to the sounds of summer with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Visit the New Nature Explore Trail and Water Walk
Visit the new Nature Explore Trail by the creek located at Environmental Education Center at 4116 West Plano Parkway. See if you can spot the wildlife as you stroll down the trail and boardwalk. Try to find and get a selfie next to our Water Walk mascot, Herbie the Heron. While you’re there, visit the gardens and Nature Explore Classroom.
Get Your Very Own Plano Police Department Badge Sticker
Visit the Plano Police Station and ask a police officer if you could have a Plano Police Badge sticker. After you thank the officer, post a photo on social media with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Pick Up and Create an Emergency Contact and Info Packet for Your Refrigerator
Visit any of Plano’s 13 fire stations and ask for a File of Life Packet. This red vinyl packet has a magnet on the back and will hang on the front of your refrigerator. Take a seat at the fire station and fill out your File of Life Packet with help from a Plano firefighter. The File of Life lists information on you, your emergency contacts, medications you take, allergies, health conditions, and all sorts of information the firefighters might need in an emergency. Once completed, put it on the front of your fridge and keep it updated. Share a photo of your packet on social media with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Decorate A Kennel at the Animal Shelter
Draw a picture or decorate one of kennels at the Plano Animal Shelter. Bring your pre-made artwork to the shelter and place next to one a cat or dog up for adoption. Take a photo of your artwork and post on social media with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Take the 9-1-1 Quiz
Take the 9-1-1 Quiz to see how well prepared you are for an emergency. Share a photo of ways you’re prepared with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Download an eBook, Digital Magazine or an eAudioBook This Summer
Download an eBook, digital magazine, or an eAudioBook. Explore Plano Public Library while on the go with digital content! Share a photo of your favorite spot to read with hashtag #ExplorePlano.
Create a "Hello Neighbor" Basket
Create a “Hello Neighbor” basket for a new resident or even a neighbor you haven’t had a chance to meet yet. Pick up a “Know Your Neighbors” magnet at the Neighborhood Services Department to add a special touch. Take a photo of your basket and share on social media with hashtags #ExplorePlano and #HelloPlanoNeighbor.