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In June, 1998 there was Great Outdoors Week. By 2004 it had expanded to include the entire month of June. What does that mean exactly? It means the call of the wild is being answered! People are flocking to see the abundance of beauty encapsulating the commonwealth through Pennsylvania’s 119 state parks, 18 national parks and more. Great Outdoors Month provides the perfect opportunity to finally drop whatever you’re doing and get out there. From novice to naturalist, everyone can enjoy the benefits of even the simplest of activities. Stand outdoors. Absorb nature through the senses. Notice the change. The restoration to our minds and bodies has begun.
According to Pennsylvania’s proclamation, the month-long designation provides an opportunity for Pennsylvanians to celebrate the state’s natural splendor and renew our commitment to conserve air, water and land. It is an opportunity: to reconnect ourselves and our children to nature. To delight in the health benefits of outdoor recreation and enjoy memorable experiences with family and friends through activities such as biking, swimming, boating, hiking, hunting and fishing. To highlight the critical importance of conserving our natural resources and enhancing our legacy of environmental stewardship by protecting open space, restoring wildlife habitats, educating our youth about the environment, planting trees and maintaining recreational trails.
Getting kids back outside is an important societal issue that affects children of all races and socio-economic levels throughout America. National Wildlife Federation encourages Americans to Be Out There™ for the health and wellbeing of our children. Be Out There galvanizes families and communities, corporations and partners, thought leaders and policy makers around solutions for addressing this indoor childhood epidemic.
For more information and/or to see the complete Mind, Body, Spirit Factsheet, visit www.nwf.org or www.BeOutThere.org.
… it patiently waits… quiet and capable, ready to restore and remind us what life is really all about. As May departs and June arrives with summer vacations, graduations and Father’s Day celebrations, make time to reconnect with nature. Take a hike, ride a bike or hop in a boat… choose the road less traveled or the path of least resistance… and may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be at your back and may the sun shine warm upon your face.
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