President, Governors Tout Health Benefits of Great Outdoors

President, Governors Tout Economic Benefits of Great Outdoors in Proclamations

This news release is available as a .pdf here.

June 27, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) - The importance of outdoor recreation to mental and physical health is a key theme of actions by the President and most governors in their designations of June 2012 as Great Outdoors Month. Great Outdoors Month proclamations began in the 1990’s and are now traditions, highlighting both the benefits of time outdoors and the range of activities and celebrations underway during the month.

President, Governors Tout Economic Benefits of Great Outdoors in Proclamations

President, Governors Tout Economic Benefits of Great Outdoors in Proclamations

This news release is available as a .pdf here.

June 20, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) - The President and nearly every governor have declared June 2012 as Great Outdoors Month. Proclamations began in the 1990’s and have now become traditions although the messages have varied. The proclamations are unique, but certain themes are pervasive and in 2012, the economic importance of recreation is the key emerging theme.

"An Evening of Remembrance" Raises $2 Million For Flight 93 National Memorial

Hosted By President Clinton, President and Mrs. Bush and Speaker John Boehner, National Park Foundation's "An Evening of Remembrance" Raises $2 Million For Flight 93 National Memorial

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday night, nearly 400 guests joined the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, and co-hosts President Bill Clinton, President and Mrs. George W. Bush and Speaker of the House John Boehner at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for "An Evening of Remembrance" honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 who fought back against their hijackers on September 11, 2001, ultimately crashing their plane and preventing a second aerial attack on Washington D.C.

Electronic Games and the Outdoors

Check out the below links (green and underlined) to learn more about how each of these companies and programs is using technology to engage youth and adults in the Great Outdoors.

  • Hopelab Ruckus Nation
  • The Ruckus Nation idea competition tapped into the power of the global community — including kids — to generate new ideas for products to get kids moving. The competition was the first initiative in HopeLab’s work to develop fun, effective products that increase physical activity in young people to help address the devastating effects of sedentary behavior and obesity.

  • Hopelab Zamzee
  • Zamzee is an online rewards program for young teens powered by their physical activity. To earn rewards, teens wear the Zamzee meter, a three-axis accelerometer specially calibrated to record short bursts of movement as well as vigorous activity. Physical activity recorded by the Zamzee meter powers a teen’s online account at

  • Shinobi Labs Adventure Walks
  • Treasure hunting meets every day walking! The world is full of fun, bizarre, and hidden objects - and even ordinary objects that we mostly ignore. Mobile Adventure Walks allows players to explore and find visible treasures - anytime, anywhere!

  • Geocaching Kids
  • Get an introduction to the sport and find out how it works.

  • REI Geocaching
  • If you love the outdoors, it is only natural to teach your children about its wonders. Geocaching offers you a great way to do just that. It's a high-tech treasure hunt that can help engage your kids in the natural world.

  • Scribd Outdoor Electronic Games
  • GeoGames are electronic games implemented in a distributed peer-to-peer architecture using a scalable ad hoc geocast protocol to implement inter-player messaging. This design provides a low overhead message that is natural for this style of gaming. It allows us to design games for vigorous outdoor play any-where, including rural venues lacking network infrastructure and crowded venues such as campuses, stadiums, and down-town streets. This paper describes the GeoGames Architecture (GGA), examples of implemented GeoGames, and evaluates GGA’s strengths and limitations.

  • My Parx App
  • The My Parx app provides park visitors with the free access to quality information on parks, from local municipal parks through to state and national parks.

    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.