Since 2008, Governors from across the country have joined the President in proclaiming June as Great Outdoors Month. The event began as Great Outdoors Week under President Clinton in 1998 and grew significantly under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Now it’s a month-long celebration of the outdoors, emphasizing the wonderful resources available to us all in our state and national parks.
It’s the perfect time to celebrate because our National Park Service turns 100 in 2016. You can explore this site to find your park. It’s a great site that let’s you explore parks by location, by event or by experience. This year, there are many special centennial events, which you can search by date.
National Trails Day is June 4
Saturday June 2 is National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society. National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country and will include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations, stewardship projects and more. Visit the site to find events and trails near you. Here are more ideas: 5 Activities to Enjoy on National Trails Day at a Park Near You. Even if you can’t participate in Trails Day, the site is a great resource for learning about the national trail system to find ways and places to enjoy the great outdoors!