National Get Outdoors Day is June 11, 2011
The Good Sam Club has joined other participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry to host the fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. On Saturday, June 11, 2011, these diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and nontraditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations, attracting first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.
Each GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and “active fun” areas—places where guests, and especially kids, can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. The sites will provide photo opportunities with characters such as Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and other kid-friendly creatures.
Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition. In addition to the GO Day events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include kayaking and rafting, introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife and much more.
The pilot effort of National Get Outdoors Day was launched on June 14, 2008. Building on the success of the book More Kids in the Woods and other important efforts to connect Americans—and especially children—with nature and active lifestyles, the USDA Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition agreed to lead an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people would be inspired and motivated to get outdoors.
GO Day partnered with federal, state and local agencies, key enthusiast organizations and recreation businesses to create a healthy, fun day of outdoor adventure aimed at reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting children to the outdoors. Last year, more than 50 official GO Day sites across the nation—from Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C., to the Big Bear Discovery Center in the San Bernardino National Forest—welcomed thousands of new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors.
GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. For more information, visit www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org