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
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.
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.
Since that day in 1994, NPLD has grown by leaps and bounds. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in September, 2014’s National Public Lands Day will take place on September 28.
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.
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.
Preliminary National Get Outdoors Day 2014 Report
The seventh National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) was the largest one yet! Held this year on June 14, GO Day links the efforts of hundreds of local, state and federal agencies, diverse nonprofit organizations in the health and youth-service fields, the recreation community and media interests. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and American Recreation Coalition (ARC) coordinated the event nationally, with help from GO Day’s National Sponsor OFF!®.
Tens of thousands of people came out to enjoy America’s Great Outdoors at 171 sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia. We are still gathering information from all our sites, but with over 50 locations now reporting in, our Preliminary National Get Outdoors Day 2014 Report is available here.
National Get Outdoors Day Photo Mosaic
GO Day participants from around the country sent in photos of themselves enjoying America’s Great Outdoors. Whether part of an official GO Day event, or just taking advantage of the natural wonders in our own backyards with help from Yonder, people of all ages proved there is no better way to achieve a fun, healthy lifestyle than getting outdoors as part of Great Outdoors Month. To celebrate this spirit, we took all the submitted photos and created a photo mosaic. We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any photos you want to see added, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the mosaic to see a larger image.
National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout Set to Cap Off Great Outdoors Month on June 28!
The Great American Backyard Campout is the perfect opportunity to grab a tent and get outdoors. Whether participating in an organized event or camping in your own backyard, the annual, nationwide event – celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – is designed to promote the benefits of of camping as a way to connect people with nature and support efforts of the National Wildlife Federation and others to get Americans outdoors. This year, the Federation’s goal is to have more than 200,000 people participate in the event on June 28. To find a public camping event near you, learn how to host an event, or pledge to campout as part of the Great American Backyard Campout, scroll to the bottom of the page an click on the button marked “Great American Backyard Campout”.