As you know, June is Pride Month, and this event is celebrated by a large number of people at this time of year. This includes parties, parades, speeches, etc. But there's another event in June, National Great Outdoors Month. Which dates back to 1998 when then-President Bill Clinton started Great Outdoors Week. And in 2004, it was expanded from a week to a month. This was meant to give individuals, families, schools, etc. ample time to celebrate by hosting events or being outdoors and close to nature.
This month-long celebration is designed to promote outdoor exploration, environmental protection, and healthier lifestyles. Let's dive into all aspects of National Great Outdoors Month, including how you can celebrate it.
Importance of outdoor activities
Whether children or adults, outdoor activities are beneficial for both physical development and mental relaxation. Proper outdoor activities enable people to relax and get emotional catharsis during the activity, which helps their mental health development.
It also promotes the development of the movement. It allows many organs and systems to be exercised. In particular, it can encourage the growth and development of young children's bones and muscles, and improve the coordination and sensitivity of movements.
And if it is a group outdoor activities can also improve the interpersonal relationship. It brings people closer to each other. It is a very unique experience that breaks the traditional method of communication.
Outdoor activities you can do
Offering breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors. National Great Outdoors Month brings people together to celebrate the splendor of nature and create moments of treasured memories. To be able to experience the wonders of nature better and live a healthier, more active life. We have listed a few activities to easily experience the great outdoors.
Put on your hiking shoes and enjoy the seclusion and beauty of nature as you walk slowly along the nature trails. Hiking allows you to completely relax your mind and devote yourself to the scenery in front of you. You can forget about the other worries of life and immerse yourself in the natural environment. If you are interested in hiking, these trails are one of the most famous in the United States and are worth a try.
The Appalachian Trail is one of the most famous hiking trails in the United States, stretching from Georgia to Maine and covering approximately 2,200 miles. The trail winds through breathtaking scenery, including dense forests, picturesque meadows, and panoramic mountain vistas. On the trail, you can encounter a variety of wildlife, including black bears, white-tailed deer, and numerous bird species.
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches more than 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, spanning the stunning landscapes of the American West. Hikers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains and breathtaking vistas of towering peaks, alpine lakes, and glaciers. The trail passes through diverse ecosystems, from arid deserts to dense forests, offering glimpses of unique plant and animal species along the way.
The Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Trail offers a magnificent hiking experience through the iconic Grand Canyon National Park. Hikers can enjoy unparalleled vistas of the Grand Canyon's massive cliffs, deep canyons, and vibrant rock formations, giving a sense of deep awe and wonder. Hiking is physically and mentally challenging and provides a rewarding sense of accomplishment.
It is also an activity that requires spending long hours outdoors. Fishing requires not only physical strength but patience. It is an outdoor activity that improves one's concentration and gives one a sense of calm around quiet water, thus reducing stress. Fishing is an activity that shifts one's attention from electronic devices such as cell phones to the water. This results in a relaxing effect on the mind.
Of course, it is very easy to get sunburned when you stay outside for a long time in June. So to protect your skin and to have a better experience when fishing. It is best to bring a canopy tent as shade, and in the summer it is best to choose a pop-up canopy with netting. Both to block the sun and to keep out the mosquitoes, killing two birds with one stone.
Kayaking is a more exciting water activity in comparison. The special thing is that you can reach many places that are not accessible by boat. It is also possible to get closer to the coastline and explore new places. Every kayaking trip is like an adventure. At the same time, it is a form of exercise that will work your arms, back, and core muscles.
It is important to note that if you are kayaking for the first time, it is best to be with an experienced person or even a professional instructor. Be sure to wear professional equipment to ensure safety.
National Great Outdoors Month events
During National Great Outdoors Month, a variety of events, festivals, and activities are held across the country. From guided hikes and camping trips to wildlife tours and nature-themed workshops, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Below we list a selection of themed activities available in different places.
During National Great Outdoors Month, the DNR will offer special programs to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors. These include June 9-11: Spend a weekend fishing for kids. Minnesotans age 16 or older who are fishing with children 15 or younger do not need a fishing license.
June 10: Free park day. Minnesotans get free admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas.
June 10-11: No Registration Ride Weekend. Minnesotans who own an ATV registered for private or agricultural use can ride on public roads without paying a registration fee.
The event will be held at Patagonia, 316 Congress Ave. Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a one-hour panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. Members of the panel will share their experiences and insights.
The second event is Thursday, June 8, at 5 p.m. Refreshments and interactive activities will be followed by a 45-minute panel discussion on the benefits of the outdoors for youth development. Both events are free and open to the public.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Every summer, a week-long star party called the Grand Canyon star party is held here with interesting stargazing packages available at the surrounding inns and hotels. This year's party will be held from June 10th to the 17th. Each night features an outdoor evening program followed by telescope viewing in the large field behind the Visitor Center. Standard admission passes are available for $20 to $35.
（Grand Canyon star party)
National Great Outdoors Month is a reminder of the tremendous benefits that come from connecting with nature. It highlights the importance of the outdoors for our physical and mental health while fostering a sense of environmental responsibility.
As we celebrate this month, let's embrace nature and try to participate in outdoor activities. It also requires efforts to protect the natural wonders that make our world so extraordinary. So get out there, explore, and let the outdoors inspire and energize you.