GO Day 2013

National Get Outdoors Day 2013 Set for June 8

This news release is available as a .pdf here.

Washington, D.C. – National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) 2013 will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8. This will be the sixth year of a partnership effort by hundreds of government agencies, recreation and healthcare businesses and nonprofit organizations to introduce America’s youth to the healthy fun of America’s Great Outdoors. Events will be held at 200+ sites in urban centers, state and local parks and other places and the USDA Forest Service will waive many recreation fees on GO Day in national forests covering 192 million acres of the nation.

GO Day 2012 was the most successful yet, with a record 138 official sites in 37 states. The support of National Sponsors Clif Bar and The Coleman Company, and of hundreds of local-level sponsors, helped 72,000 people – 30,000 more than last year – enjoy experiences in the Great Outdoors through guided nature walks, fishing, rock climbing, and many other activities.

GO Day is a signature event of Great Outdoors Month. President Obama and all 50 governors issued official proclamations declaring June as Great Outdoors Month in 2012, touting the fun, health and economic benefits of outdoor recreation. Read and download the proclamations here. The President and Governors are expected to once again declare June as Great Outdoors Month in 2013. Other important Great Outdoors Month events include National Trails Day®, National Fishing and Boating Week, Great Outdoors Week, Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, and the Great American Backyard Campout.

ARC and the USDA Forest Service coordinate National Get Outdoors Day efforts and expect growth in both the number of sites and the number of participants for the sixth GO Day. Activities at GO Day sites are planned and conducted by local partnerships comprised of diverse organizations and individuals who are passionate about introducing people, and especially children, to the Great Outdoors and the natural wonders available across the nation on public lands and waters. If you are interested in becoming involved, please check out the GO Day website www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/.