June is Great Outdoors Month!

We’re nature deficit. We spend too much time indoors, at desks, and looking at screens and devices. This month start new habit – spending time outdoors.

Whether you go to a local or county park or make it to one of our national forests or parks there is plenty to do. Check out this extensive list of things you can explore in our parks including visiting a volcano, becoming a junior ranger or paleontologist or seeing some wildlife.

The National Wildlife Federation offers up this additional list of things happening to promote outdoor activities this month.

June 1-25 – Go Camping America promotion – National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds

June 4 – National Trails Day – The American Hiking Society – America’s 200,000 miles of trails provide access to the natural world for recreation, inspiration and education. In 2010 40 million Americans hiked and backpacked in the U.S.

June 4-12 – National Fishing and Boating Week – Coordinated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and coincides with most states’ free fishing days.

June 11-17 – Great Outdoors Week – everyone is encouraged to enjoy the outdoors, even if briefly, every day this week

June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day – healthy, active outdoor fun available at sites across the nation

June 11 – Fee Waiver Day in National Forests – Sponsored by the US Forest Service which operates 17,000 recreation sites and manages 193 million acres of public land.

June 11 – National Marina Day – The Association of Marina Industries – showcases the fun and benefits of boating and the marina lifestyle

June 21 – Fee-Free Day in National Parks – Fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.

Even if you can’t get away you can still get outdoors by participating in the Great American Backyard Camp Out on June 28th. If you register online for the event (no charge) the NWF gets a donation to support wildlife and you get access to tons of fun stuff to do on your camp out including recipes, nature activities and games, crafts and campfire stories that will help create lasting family memories.