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June is Great Outdoors Month!

Celebrate the start of summer by getting outside! From picnicking in a city park to camping in the great outdoors, there’s plenty of ways to experience your public lands. Whether you’re visiting a favorite spot or exploring a new place, grab friends and family to enjoy the sunny weather and create new memories this season.

June is Great Outdoors Month

U.S. Secretary of the Interior joins rock climber Tommy Caldwell and students from Elsie Whitlow Stokes Charter School in Washington, D.C., for rock climbing and a short hike along the area’s Billy Goat Trail. During the coming school year, fourth-graders from Stokes and other schools across the country will gain free access with their families to national parks and all public lands and waters for the first time, as part of the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative.

Discover what adventures summer holds for your and your family with the tips below:

  • While National Trails Day happened in early June, walking – or canoeing – a trail any day is a great way to see the world at a slower pace. Check out the 10 newest National Recreation Trails designated this month, including the Ohio River Water Trail.
  • National Fishing and Boating Week falls in June, a perfect time to hop in a boat, canoe or kayak and catch your own dinner.
  • June 15-21 is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators like butterflies, bees, birds and bats are important for growing fruits and vegetables. Get your hands in the dirt and help pollinators by planting pollinator-friendly gardens in your area using this guide.
  • June is National Ocean Month. Stroll along the sand and dip your toes in the water at a national seashore, from Point Reyes in northern California to Assateague Island in Virginia. 
  • Volunteering for outdoor service projects is a great way to give back to your community and meet your neighbors. Look for local projects on June 19, the National Day of Service. As part of Secretary Jewell’s youth initiative – which aims to inspire millions of young people to play, learn and serve outdoors – Interior is announcing outdoor recreation partnerships in cities nationwide this summer.
  • Pitch a tent on June 27 for the Great American Campout and join thousands of people across the country in spending the night under the stars in your backyard or a neighborhood or national park.