A truly American idea, the State and National Parks of this country represent our natural heritage. North and south, east and west, they stretch from the edges of our maps to the hearts of our cities, covering nearly one-third of this nation. This June, celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by getting outside during Great Outdoors Month. Once you come outside, you’ll never want to go back inside. Click here to read more about Great Outdoors Month 2014.
National Public Lands Day Celebrates Volunteerism in America’s Great Outdoors On Sept. 28
Celebrating America’s Great Outdoors isn’t limited to just Great Outdoors Month. Events throughout the year celebrate our public lands, and for 21 years National Public Lands Day – put on by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) – has been at the forefront of this effort.
Traditionally held on the last Saturday in September, 2014’s National Public Lands Day will take place on September 28.
Beginning in 1994 with three sites and 700 people, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) has become the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Last year, as NPLD celebrated its 20th anniversary, more than 175,000 volunteers helped improve 2,237 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
NEEF is part of a growing coalition including – the American Hiking Society, National Wildlife Federation, The Corps Network, Great Outdoors Month Lead Sponsor The Coleman Company and National Get Outdoors Day National Sponsor OFF!® that is championing fun and service in America’s Great Outdoors and urging Americans everywhere to get outdoors.
For more information on National Public Lands Day, click here.
National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 12-18, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge. While you are enjoying the fishing or hiking or just the tranquility, learn how wildlife refuges conserve your wildlife heritage and enrich your life.
Since 1995, refuges across the country have celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week in early October with festivals, educational programs, guided tours and other events. Many state and local governments proclaim the week every year, and for the past four years Congress has officially recognized it.
Nationwide, refuges support more than 35,000 jobs and pump $2.4 billion into local communities, according to a Service report issued last year. More than 47 million people visited a refuge last year. “Nowhere else do I feel such a deep sense of connection with the land, the plants, and the wildlife,” offered one visitor.
Great Outdoors Month 2014 Most Successful One Yet
Great Outdoors Month 2014 was the most successful Great Outdoors Month yet! With proclamations from the President and all 50 governors – as well as PSAs by Governors Butch Otter (R-ID) and Mike Beebe (D-AR) urging their citizens to enjoy the Great Outdoors – enthusiasm at the highest levels was clear.
A record number of events were held to celebrate Great Outdoors Month, including National Kids to Parks Day, hosted by the National Park Trust; the largest ever National Trails Day, hosted by the American Hiking Society; National Fishing and Boating Week, coordinated nationally by Take Me Fishing; the 13th annual National Marina Day, organized by the Association of Marina Industries; the largest ever National Get Outdoors Day, hosted by USFS and ARC; and the largest ever Great American Backyard Campout, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation.
A full report on Great Outdoors Month and its successes is available in .pdf form here.