Celebrate Great Outdoors Month in June


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!

Fall foliage extravaganza: ideas for your weekend

winding road in foliageThe upcoming weekend forecast is for warm and glorious weather here in New England, a perfect time for getting out to enjoy the foliage. There’s leaf peeping, apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin festivals, country fairs and more – we’ve gathered some resources to help you make the most of the nice weather.

Yankee Foliage offers an excellent live foliage map and an extensive selection of suggested foliage drives. They also suggest the 5 Best Pumpkin Festivals in New England.

New England Destinations is a good local guide, offering many ideas for the fall season, including a list of activities for September and October. They also offer their own selection for foliage drives, as well as foliage maps and hotlines.

For more ideas, here are the official state tourism bureaus

If you want current tracking of the weather in this or any other season, Twitter can be a very fun way to do that. Meteorologists have a strong and active presence — many issue updated foliage reports and photos along with the weather. We have a list of New England Weather Resources on Twitter that you can follow.

If you’re heading out for drives, we issue our seasonal caution to be alert for deer and moose. The Insurance Information Institute reminds us that fall is peak season for deer and auto collisions. “Deer migration and mating season generally runs from October through December, and causes a dramatic spike in the movement of deer population. As a result, more deer-vehicle collisions occur in this period than at any other time of year.” Plus, in northern New England, you need to be on the lookout for moose.