Great Outdoors Month 2015 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.

Preliminary GO 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.

News Release GO Day Fights Obesity

NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY USES FUN TO FIGHT OBESITY

This news release is available as a .pdf here.

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2014) - Tens of thousands of American youth discovered that it can be fun to be healthy at National Get Outdoors Day events in June. Youth spend nearly eight hours a day in front of a screen, and America faces a health crisis as a result. Sedentary lifestyles are prompting an obesity epidemic that means today’s kids may live shorter lives than their parents. Growing numbers of healthcare professionals now tout outdoor, active fun as a remedy to these trends.

GO Day National Sponsor OFF! also a National Partner in Great Outdoors Month

OFF!® is a national partner in Great Outdoors Month - which occurs the month of June. Proclaimed by the President and every governor, Great Outdoors Month features National Get Outdoors Day and other exciting ways to have fun outdoors. Among the other activities during the month are National Trails Day, National Fish and Boating Week, National Marina Day and the Great American Backyard Campout. These events plus key discovery zones like www.recreation.gov can put fresh air in your lungs and a smile on your face. For more information, go to greatoutdoorsmonth.org.

GO 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, which you can see here. We hope you enjoy it, and if you have any photos you want to see added, email them to bnasta@funoutdoors.com.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe Proclaims June Great Outdoors Month

Idaho Governor Butch Otter Proclaims June 2014 Great Outdoors Month

News Release FLREA

RECREATION COMMUNITY URGES RECREATION ENHANCEMENT, NOT JUST FEES

This news release is available as a .pdf here.

Washington, D.C. – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on reauthorization of legislation allowing federal agencies to collect and retain entrance and recreation fees. ARC told the Congress that recreationists supported fees but were concerned about the lack of focus on improvements in recreation experiences following the enactment of the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.