There is no time like the present to get outside and enjoy the beautiful summer weather! Spending time outside is a great opportunity to engage in our favorite hobbies, including gardening, companionable walks, cookouts, and outdoor recreation.
Great Outdoors Month, which began in 1998 under President Bill Clinton as Great Outdoors Week, has since expanded over the years into a month-long celebration of America’s wildlife refuges, parks and national beauty with thousands of events across the country. In recent years, Congress has made new resolutions to bolster funding for repair and conservation to improve and protect our public lands.
Recreational time outside has been shown to improve mental, physical and even economic health. Here are some ideas that will help you enjoy the benefits Great Outdoors Month has to offer:
- Visit a local park or nature preserve.
- Take a photo outside every day for a week
- Fly a kite, go for a walk, or play a yard game.
- Learn how to identify birds and go birding.
- Tend to a flower box, herb or vegetable garden.