You already might've been planning on heading outside this month, but now you've got extra backing from the President: Obama issued an official proclamation declaring June "Great Outdoors" month. The proclamation seeks to combine a raft ouf outdoor recreation and conservation events in June, including National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day, and the Great American Backyard Campout.
More than loose talk, he's even provided some useful suggestions and words of inspiration in a statement to get you out and in a tent. To wit:
“The United States is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. From remote forests to urban parks, these spaces have inspired visitors for generations. 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 President also touched on his plans to involve youth in service programs designed to help keep our wild spaces wild and foster ownership in preserving and taking care of our natural wonders.
“[The Administration 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. These efforts will include outreach to those who typically lack representation in, and exposure to, these fields. The Department of the Interior is launching a summer mentoring initiative as part of this effort. This program invites families and friends to teach children about the joys and wonders of the outdoors. My Administration is also increasing the number of youth involved in national service on public lands.”
“I encourage all Americans to spend more time outside and to participate in the nationwide events marking this occasion.”
You don't have to tell us twice, Mr. President. Screw this computer—I'm going outside.
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