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Spotlight: National Get Outdoors Day

Spotlight: National Get Outdoors Day

Get outside, get active, get healthy!

GO week Climbing is just one of the fun activities available to try out at National Get Outdoors Day! (USFS)

What You’ll Find

Community partners and the recreation industry are teaming up to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) on Saturday, June 8, 2013. There are more than 100 events throughout the country all aimed at connecting youth and families to the outdoors.

Each GO Day site is unique and offers a fun mix of outdoor activities for families and kids. Try casting with a fishing pole; go geocaching; scale a rock climbing wall; create artwork; get your photo taken with Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl or Buddy Bison; and write memories in your GO Day Journal. Many GO Day events also provide information on aspects of healthy living, including good nutrition.

Getting There

To find an event near you, check out the 2013 Go Day locations. If there are no GO Day events near you, download the new Yonder App for the iPhone to find places to discover the outdoors in your area.

Make Sure You

Visit the Let’s Move Outside! site for more information about the health benefits of regular exercise in nature. First Lady Michelle Obama leads this effort to “get kids active so they see the physical activity they need not as a chore but as a fun way to explore our country.”

Try This

GO Day is just one day in the month of June to spark your interest in America’s Great Outdoors. Other events to experience nature include:

  • June 1: National Trails Day
  • June 1-9: National Fishing & Boating Week
  • June 8: National Get Outdoors Day
  • June 22: Great American Backyard Campout
  • June 24-27: Great Outdoors America Week
  • August 25: National Park Service 97th Birthday (Fee Free Day)
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • September 28: National Hunting & Fishing Day
  • October 13-19: National Wildlife Refuge Week

    Don’t Forget

    A great way to get outside and explore nature is to capture your experiences through the lens of a camera. Enter the 2013 Share the Experience photo contest for a chance to win great prizes: $15,000 grand prize and more cash prizes, hotel accommodations from Historic Hotels of America, annual Federal Recreation Lands Pass, and more! This contest is sponsored by the National Park Foundation, Active Network and Air Wick in partnership with the federal land management agencies.

    Get Started

    Visit the National Get Outdoors Day web site for more about this special day, how to get involved and tips for staying active outside all year long!