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5 Ways to Enjoy Great Outdoors Month Wherever You Are

Here are five ways to enjoy the outdoors in your state during Great Outdoors Month. 

Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, ““Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

This June marks the second annual Great Outdoors Month. The six month of the year was officially declared “Great Outdoors Month” on May 29, 2015. What is the purpose of having a month-long celebration? It can be found below:

“Great Outdoors Month is a time for all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors. Whether camping, fishing, rock climbing, or playing in a neighborhood park, nature offers each of us the opportunity to get active, explore, and strengthen our bonds with family and friends. This month, let us celebrate our natural heritage by experiencing it together.”

Individual events like National Fishing & Boating Week, National Marina Day, National Get Outdoors Day, National Trails Day®,  and the Great American Backyard Campout. Dates for all the events can be found here.

Why should you spend as much time in the outdoors this month? Here are five reasons:

1.Try new or enjoy outdoor activities

Have you ever wondered how to set up a campsite, navigate unchartered waters, or successfully overcome rock scrambles? Great Outdoors Month is the perfect occasion to try new activities or enjoy your favorite outdoor activities. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, jet skiing, or boating, outdoor water and land activities allow us to relax and enjoy our surroundings better.

2. Nature forces us to be healthier.

Quality time in the outdoors not only allows us to learn or polish our skills, it allows us to stay fit and healthy. Participating in activities like hiking, fishing, and boating forces one to be active and alert. Why not feel an adrenaline rush all the while being active? It’s better to be outdoors than being sedentary at home or the office. Studies suggest being outside in nature allows us to destress, relax, and live more productive lives.

3. Explore your surroundings

Being outdoors allows one to explore new terrain. Whether it’s the ocean, forest, or desert, there are endless opportunities to hike, fish, win, or boat all over the country–especially in your state. Being outdoors allows one to appreciate lush greenery, majestic vistas, and favorite places. Don’t miss an opportunity to explore your backyard or nearby surroundings!

4. Discover new places

Depending upon where you live, your state probably allows you many opportunities to go outdoors, especially if your state isn’t landlocked. Use Great Outdoors Month to discover new inclines to hikes, rivers to kayak or fish on, and salty shorelines to explore. Summer is on the horizon, so why not start it off right by scouting out a new outdoor spot to hang out and explore?

5. Share outdoor adventures with friends and family

Great Outdoors Month would be incomplete without family and friends to share it with. Whether or not you choose to enjoy the outdoors by yourself or surrounded by others, memories are better enjoyed with good company. Plan an outdoor excursion with family at the beach or hike the local trail with friends. The opportunities to share outdoors memories are endless!

I hope this list will encourage you to explore outdoor opportunities around you. You never know what you may discover, learn, or stumble upon while enjoying the Great Outdoors!

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