June is Great Outdoors Month, paying homage to the remarkable trails, beaches, and mountains found throughout our national and state parks. Exploring nature not only boosts emotional health, but the U.S. economy as well. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation grosses nearly $890 billion in consumer spending annually.
Looking for ways to participate? Here's how:
- June 1 is National Trail Day, so lace up your hiking boots and hit the forested trails nearest you
- Go camping. Whether you pitch a tent in your backyard or at a full-service campground, embrace the outdoors by falling asleep beneath the stars
- Cast a line. Fishing is the ultimate outdoor experience and many parks allow recreational fishing in their catch-and-release ponds
- Clean up. It is our responsibility to ensure trails, parks and waterways remain clear of clutter. On your next outdoor excursion, collect trash to do your part in preserving the beauty of natural areas