June 2018 Monthly Theme: Celebrating the Great Outdoors

man jumping off sand dune with sun setting in background
Having fun at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

NPS/Cane West

The summer travel season has begun! For our June monthly theme, it's time to celebrate the great outdoors and head outside. Whether it’s a national park or other lands protected with the help of NPS programs, how do we experience, enjoy, and learn from the outdoors?

There are some great moments in June that align with getting outside, from National Trails Day to Fishing & Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day, the Great American Campout, and so much more!

In addition to the iconic camping and backcountry experiences, let’s explore the endless variety of outdoor activities—there’s something for everyone and every interest. From picnicking and fishing to bicycling, boating, hiking (and strolling), celebrating your grad or dad, watching (and listening to) birds and other wildlife, helping park staff maintain a trail or a garden, playing in the sand and surf, watching the sun rise and set, and gazing at the stars.

This month will also feature a special mini-campaign, #GoFishingInParks, as we and our interagency partners roll out a new Junior Ranger “Let’s Go Fishing!” Activity Booklet!

rider on off-road wheelchair gazes at distant tall rock wall and trees
Enjoying the view at Glacier National Park

NPS/Jacob W Frank

For our partners, the possibilities for engaging around this theme depend only on your imagination. Here are a few ideas to get you started and some great tips for staying safe outside!

  • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers! National Trails Day (June 2) and National Fishing and Boating Week (June 2–10) are especially great moments to show our love for rivers and trails!
  • Issue a road trip invitation using NPS Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries, Wild & Scenic River story maps, or national heritage areas road trips.
  • For parks where summer is the busy season, let’s welcome new employees and youth service corps volunteers.
  • Host a BioBlitz.
  • Highlight your Outdoors 101 programs—how to camp, how to fish, how to make a kite.
  • Tell the story of wilderness in your park or area and the power of the wilderness experience.
  • If appropriate, hold a living history demonstration with your park partner, which is a great way to get outside AND explore important facets of the American experience.
  • Celebrate the great outdoors on our oceans! For National Oceans Month (June) and World Oceans Day (June 8), the NPS is celebrating our oceans by exploring how to prevent ocean plastic pollution.
  • Using Healthy Parks Healthy People principles, highlight the many ways that being outdoors is good for the body and the spirit!

As always, there are many ways to share your stories and activities... Post your event on your website. Take great photos. Make a video.

Whatever you do, share it out through your social media to invite everyone to #FindYourPark!

Last updated: June 1, 2018