This Saturday, June 11th, is National Get Outdoors Day! This annual event, in its fourth year, aims to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. With partners in federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the recreation industry, the Department of the Interior is ensuring that this event will provide diverse opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.
For some families this may involve a day of hiking or kayaking. They could go camping, or mountain biking. For others it may be a time to try something new like a nature walk, fishing or geocaching. Official events will be held at sites from coast to coast – last year there were over 50 official events – but the spirit of the day encourages all to get involved outdoors. If you don’t live near an official site or you’d like to participate in your own unique way – consider volunteering.
Many popular and rewarding volunteer opportunities have their roots in the great outdoors. With summer sunshine beckoning you outside, this is the perfect time to get involved.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Find a Volunteer Opportunity
- Using the search engine on serve.gov, search for an environment, park, or outdoors related opportunity in your zip code.
Create Your Own Opportunity
Use one of the following toolkits to create your own service project and challenge yourself to incorporate it into Get Outdoors Day!
- Maintain Public Lands
Commit to help restore America’s park trails.
- Support Community Gardens
Commit to help increase healthy eating choices for Americans.
- Start a Walking Team
Commit to help increase healthy exercise habits.
- Plant Trees in Your Neighborhood
Commit to turn an ordinary city street into a pleasant strolling ground – helping to clean the air and guard against flooding.
- Organize a River Clean-Up
Commit to leading a waterway cleanup effort – preserving the beauty and safety of our rivers. (Toolkit courtesy of AARP’s Create the Good and American Rivers)