President Obama, Governors Declare June Great Outdoors Month

Children and their families encouraged to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, cycling, or hiking

06-01-2009 // Patrick Fitzgerald

June is an especially good time to trade screen time for green time, and get outside with family and friends. For several years the President and most Governors have issued annual proclamations declaring June as Great Outdoors Month. On Monday, President Obama released his 2009 proclamation for Great Outdoors Month.

This month, children and their families can enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, cycling, or hiking, and National Wildlife Federation offers resources to help plan an afternoon at the park or a weekend in the mountains. The new online database NatureFind shows how easy it is to find green spaces wherever you are, and users can access maps with directions to parks, zoos, wildlife refuges, hiking trails and more—powered by your own zip code. Visit Nature Find to begin planning your Outdoors Month adventure.

Kevin Coyle, Vice President for Education and Training at National Wildlife Federation, said:

"President Obama's proclamation of June as Great Outdoors Month recognizes the many benefits of connecting children with the outdoors and provides opportunities for them to learn about and explore the wonders of the natural world. Families who get outside in June—or any time of year—enjoy health benefits and quality time bonding with one another."

"This week with partners like the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, American Recreation Coalition and others, we kick off a special season, one that promises to inspire people to grab a friend, pick a favorite activity, and head into the great outdoors.

"Everyone should heed President Obama's call to surround themselves with our nation's natural beauty. The month-long celebration includes National Get Outdoors Day on June 13 and wraps up with National Wildlife Federation's Great American Backyard Campout on June 27—thousands of people have registered for this ultimate staycation under the stars.

"Thanks to the President's and Governors' proclamations, Great Outdoors Month will inspire America's indoor generation to Be Out There with neighbors, family and friends."

National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. Visit

Patrick Fitzgerald, Senior Legislative Representative, Environmental Education Campaigns
Office: (202) 797-6821
Cell: (202) 870-0824

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