If you love getting out and about and enjoying yourself, Great Outdoors Month is the perfect month for you! It’s a great opportunity to encourage children in the importance of outside play and how getting out and about can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting out and about is often a free or cheap day out for families, and can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to learn about nature and the environment and can form the basis of school projects.
Great Outdoors Week started in 1998 and expanded to Great Outdoors Month in 2004. It aims to encourage more people to get out and enjoy the world around them, whether that be simply by exercising or taking part in volunteer programs. There is so much the great outdoors has to offer so, this Great Outdoors Month, why not get out there and enjoy it!
So what can I do about the 2014 Great Outdoors Month?
JUNE 2014 – GET ACTIVE!
Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Great Outdoors Month!
1. Take a hike! Whether you stroll through a familiar trail or explore new territory, taking a walk through the woods is great for your physical and mental health.
2. Try a new outdoor activity! What activity will spark your interest? Kayaking? Fishing? Ziplining? No matter what you choose, your mind and body will thank you for getting up, active, and outdoors.
3. Have a picnic lunch in the park! June 11 is Fee Waiver Day for National Forests and June 21 is Fee-Free Day for National Parks. Take advantage of these days by packing your favorite foods and going on a picnic. There’s nothing quite like dining al fresco, surrounded by nature.
4. Have a campout in your backyard! June 25th is the 7th annual Great American Backyard Campout. Enjoy the pleasures of camping without even leaving the neighborhood. Pitch a tent, build a fire, share scary stories. This simple staycation will make you feel miles from home.
5. Explore! This month, take some time to explore the outdoor amenities in your area. We often let ourselves get consumed with day-to-day chores and don’t take time to appreciate the beauty around us. Even taking a stroll after dinner will help you slow down, relax, and take in all your neighborhood has to offer.
Even more ideas and resources
|National Fishing and Boating Week||NFBW is from June 1 to 8 highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing peoples’ quality of life and preserving our country’s natural beauty. Actively supported by state fisheries and boating agencies and the fishing and boating industries, the week had hundreds of events including kids fishing derbies and free fishing days.|
|National Trails Day ®||NTD is a celebration of America’s Trail System which takes place on June 7 at over 2,000 locations nationwide attracting hundreds of thousands of diverse trail enthusiasts. The day also features designations of new National Recreational Trails.|
|Great American Backyard Campout||On the fourth Saturday in June, hundreds of thousands of people will gather in their backyards and community parks to share an experience sleeping out under the stars.|
|National Marina Day||Marinas across the nation welcome the public each second Saturday of June to help non-boaters get out on the water and learn about the boating lifestyle. Each event is unique, and celebrates boating as a fun-filled, affordable activity anyone can enjoy.|
|National Get Outdoors Day||GO Day takes place on the second Saturday of June 14. Over 100,000 people, mostly from urban communities, will learn about fun in the Great Outdoors at over 150 sites nationwide. The events will highlight next steps, including ECO-events in national forests, and the expanding fun at ski areas in non-snow periods.|