I may be a techie, bookish, some might say nerdy type of guy that could easily fell prey to the dangers of becoming attached to my desk and computers; but I also love nature and outdoor activities that keep me grounded, social, and healthy. And so it is that I fully endorse June being Great Outdoors Month, as proclaimed by our president and most state governors, including the state of Wisconsin. Great Outdoors month is a time to highlight what outdoor recreation does for us – and what we can do to preserve that. In addition to providing access to activities through special days where fees are waived (such as June 9 when all National Parks are free), many organizations also stress the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy to support those activities. Most natural places – whether it be a city, county, state or national park – would not be preserved as they are if not for the everyday people that have taken the initiative to support their existence by advocating for their preservation, raising funds for their upkeep, and doing the hands on work of maintaining and promoting them.
America’s Great Outdoors is one such organization, an Initiative started by President Obama to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. AGO takes as its premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people – that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans.
The American Recreation Coalition lists the national events for 2012 encouraging people to hike, fish, boat, camp, and get outdoors
- National Trails Day, American Hiking Society: June 2
- National Fishing and Boating Week, Take Me Fishing: June 2 – 10
- National Get Outdoors Day, ARC & USDA Forest Service: June 9 – a fee free day at all National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and BLM Lands.
- Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day, Association of Marina Industries: June 9
- Great American Backyard Campout, National Wildlife Federation: June 23