June has been officially designated Great Outdoors Month by President Obama and more than half of America’s governors, according to RVIA Today, a newsletter distributed by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
The proclamations were suggested by a coalition of dozens of recreation and conservation organizations, many of which coordinate special events held during June, including National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day and the Great American Backyard Campout.
Obama’s proclamation states, “The United States is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. From remote forests to urban parks, these spaces have inspired visitors for generations.” It goes on to say, “Exploring the great outdoors can also help improve one’s health. These spaces provide countless venues for walking, hiking, running, swimming, and boating, among other activities. Americans can combine the enjoyment of being outside with the exercise we all need to stay healthy.”
The proclamation highlights important initiatives of the administration, noting that it is “working to connect America’s youth with our treasured landscapes, which should be viewed as classrooms for environmental education and gateways to careers in natural resources.” The president concludes, “I encourage all Americans to spend more time outside and to participate in the nationwide events marking this occasion.”
To read the full text of the president’s proclamation click here.
Again in 2009, a majority of America’s governors have also proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month in their home states. Here are some of the highlights of the 2009 proclamations:
“Great Outdoors Month is an opportunity to celebrate and experienceAmerica’s splendor and renew our commitment to conserve our air, water, and land.” Alabama Gov. Bob Riley
“In Maine and throughout this country, the number of overweight children is on the rise, and the State of Maine’s ‘Take It Outside’ initiative encourages parents to take their children outside and experience their own backyards and Maine’s many treasures in the great outdoors.” Maine Gov. John E. Baldacci
“It is important to maintain and enhance our legacy of environmental stewardship and enjoyment of the great outdoors by introducing children to nature.” North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven