Great Outdoors Month® – which began in 1998 under President Bill Clinton as Great Outdoors Week – has grown over the years into a month-long celebration of America’s public lands and waters at the national, state and local levels with thousands of events across the country.


Every June, Americans across the country get outdoors during Great Outdoors Month®, a month-long celebration of responsible, healthy outdoor recreation on local, state and federal lands and waters. Great Outdoors Month® is coordinated by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and includes events held throughout the month including:

National Park Trusts’ Kids to Parks Day
American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®
National Fishing and Boating Week, coordinated by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation
National Get Outdoors Day, coordinated by ORR and the U.S. Forest Service
National Marina Days, coordinated by the Association of Marina Industries
National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout
Some events — like National Marina Days and The Great American Campout — last all summer. And of course, you can always hike, bike, camp, ride, fish, boat and more in our great outdoors.

It’s Time to Celebrate the Outdoors!

Summer is right around the corner! Many Americans are continuing to prioritize spending time outdoors, just as they have over the past two years. With this in mind, it’s as good a time as ever for us to shine a spotlight on the industry that helps us connect with nature, our families, communities, health and wellness, and served as a respite from quarantines and stay at home orders. The outdoor recreation industry didn’t just grow over COVID-19, it improved quality of life, created jobs and upheld economies across the country.

While we are celebrating these accomplishments for our nation’s public lands and waters, rural communities and the outdoor recreation industry, we must also acknowledge that the pandemic has not been an economic boom for every community, business or employee, and not every American has the same access to the outdoors. We take this to heart and it is why we as an industry are focused on working with rural communities to build or improve their outdoor recreation economies through resources like our rural economic development toolkit. It is also why we have partnered with outdoor recreation industry businesses to create the Together Outdoors coalition to raise awareness of equity and inclusion issues in outdoor experiences and provide education and awareness to help eliminate existing barriers.

These past years have reminded us all how important getting outside is to our mental, physical and economic health. The realization policy makers are having through Great Outdoors Month® resolutions, proclamations and GAOA investments is truly cause for celebration. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress, the administration and outdoor recreationists new and old to fully realize the potential of outdoor recreation to help our nation recover, rebuild and reconnect in the coming years.

Great Outdoors Month Events

This year, many organizations have adapted their events to take into account the effects of COVID-19. Click to learn more.