Great Outdoors Month 2012 Proclamations

June is a special time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. National leaders for years have issued proclamations recognizing this month as Great Outdoors Month, a time when America celebrates its natural treasures. This recognition highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors in our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Proclamations generate widespread media attention, encouraging millions of American families to move outside, and prompting public discussion of important issues linked to outdoor recreation, including volunteerism, health, and outdoor ethics.


Presidential recognition of these benefits began in 1998 with the establishment of Great Outdoors Week under then-President Clinton, and has since continued and expanded. In 2004, then-President Bush recognized the entire month of June as Great Outdoors Month, and Presidential proclamations have been issued in each successive year. 2012 was no different, and President Obama's proclamation can be found here:


  • Presidential Proclamation

  • In 2012 a record-breaking number of additional proclamations were issued, including all 50 governors and many mayors. These leaders declared June as Great Outdoors Month in their states and towns, and many went further, planning Governor’s Outdoor Conferences and hosting campouts for local kids on capitol grounds. See below for Great Outdoors Month 2012 proclamations from all 50 states:

  • Alabama Proclamation
  • Alaska Proclamation
  • Arizona Proclamation
  • Arkansas Proclamation
  • California Proclamation
  • Colorado Proclamation
  • Connecticut Proclamation
  • Delaware Proclamation
  • District of Columbia Proclamation
  • Florida Proclamation
  • Georgia Proclamation
  • Hawaii Proclamation
  • Idaho Proclamation
  • Illinois Proclamation
  • Indiana Proclamation
  • Iowa Proclamation
  • Kansas Proclamation
  • Kentucky Proclamation
  • Louisiana Proclamation
  • Maine Proclamation
  • Maryland Proclamation
  • Massachusetts Proclamation
  • Michigan Proclamation
  • Minnesota Proclamation
  • Mississippi Proclamation
  • Missouri Proclamation
  • Montana Proclamation
  • Nebraska Proclamation
  • Nevada Proclamation
  • New Hampshire Proclamation
  • New Jersey Proclamation
  • New Mexico Proclamation
  • New York Proclamation
  • North Carolina Proclamation
  • North Dakota Proclamation
  • Ohio Proclamation
  • Oklahoma Proclamation
  • Oregon Proclamation
  • Pennsylvania Proclamation
  • Rhode Island Proclamation
  • South Carolina Proclamation
  • South Dakota Proclamation
  • Tennessee Proclamation
  • Texas Proclamation
  • Utah Proclamation
  • Vermont Proclamation
  • Virginia Proclamation
  • Washington Proclamation
  • West Virginia Proclamation
  • Wisconsin Proclamation
  • Wyoming Proclamation