GOM 2013



Sheldon Coleman (1901-1988) was Chairman of The Coleman Company of Wichita, Kansas. His talents as an engineer, as an advocate, and as a marketer have helped millions of people enjoy the outdoors. During his lifetime, Sheldon received numerous awards and honors and contributed his energies to a host of conservation causes, including service as a member of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors (1985-1987).

Some knew Sheldon Coleman for the millions of lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, coolers, stoves and dozens of other outdoor products that were sold by his company during his six-decade career and today are found everywhere across America. Others knew Sheldon Coleman as a visionary who championed volunteerism and partnerships for the outdoors or as a motivator who understood the power of praise. The Great Outdoors Award seeks to commemorate and continue Sheldon’s work by honoring special Americans whose personal efforts have significantly enhanced opportunities for others to enjoy the outdoors.

Great Outdoors Month 2013 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 1
National Fishing and Boating Week, Take Me Fishing: June 1 - 9
National Get Outdoors Day, ARC & USDA Forest Service: June 8

Great Outdoors Month 2013 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.