GOM 2012

Great Outdoors Month 2012 Activities

Great Outdoors Month is an excellent time to, well, get outdoors! Below is a list of the national events encouraging people to hike, fish, boat, camp, and get outdoors! Click on the day to be linked to the website.
National Trails Day, American Hiking Society: June 2
National Fishing and Boating Week, Take Me Fishing: June 2 - 10
National Get Outdoors Day, ARC & USDA Forest Service: June 9
Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, Association of Marina Industries: June 9
Great American Backyard Campout, National Wildlife Federation: June 23

June 9 is also a fee free day at all National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and BLM Lands.

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.