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Great Outdoors Month celebrates a variety of important events and actions that occur during June, including National Trails Day® and Great Outdoors Day, and highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors and our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges and other public lands and waters.

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Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell recognizing
Great Outdoors month at the 2013 Beacon Awards


Leading the effort, the American Recreation Coalition, along with a large coalition of outdoor recreation leaders, every year asks all 50 governors and other key officials to proclaim June as Great Outdoors Month.

The proclamations are each unique but share key themes, including applauding the health and economic benefits of the Great Outdoors. 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV) noted, “Great Outdoors Month includes diverse events designed to connect all of us to the outdoors, especially our children and youth.”  Indeed, over a dozen Governors from states as diverse as Idaho and Louisiana and Connecticut specifically applauded the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week coordinated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day organized by the Association of Marina Industries, National Get Outdoors Day organized by the American Recreation Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout

Each of the special June events cited in many of the proclamations seeks to create enduring connections between Americans, and especially those from urban areas, and public lands and waters which cover nearly one-third of the nation’s surface. Together, the June celebrations involve thousands of local events and millions of participants.  The events draw together a coalition of local and national nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies involved with parks, health and conservation, and volunteers.

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) noted the power of united action saying, “Great Outdoors Month allows us to celebrate the partnership of federal, state and local agencies, the recreation and tourism industries, and the people of New Jersey, which help make many diverse outdoor recreation opportunities available throughout the Garden State.”

This year, ARC is encouraging governors to include their commitment to the continuation of the Recreational Trails Program in their proclamations.

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