A truly American idea, the State and National Parks of this country represent our natural heritage. North and south, east and west, they stretch from the edges of our maps to the hearts of our cities, covering nearly one-third of this nation. This June, celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit of America by getting outside during Great Outdoors Month™. Once you come outside, you’ll never want to go back inside.
President Obama Announces “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative; Designates Three New National Monuments
President Obama officially announced the launch of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative in Chicago on February 19. The initiative provides all 4th grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year and helps underwrite trips to parks by 4th grade classes.
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Great Outdoors Month™ 2015 Poised To be Best One Yet
Public and private partners alike are gearing up as Great Outdoors Month™ approaches, and June 2015 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Watch as states proclaim June as Great Outdoors Month™, find events near you and read news as it comes out all by clicking here.
NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 3, 2015) – President Barack Obama used his FY2016 budget request to outline plans to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation and to invite all Americans to help support their parks. His requests include $20 million annually to transport over a million urban youth to national parks and public lands, with dedicated youth coordinators to welcome them and their families, and a significant increase in the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge program, which leverages federal spending at least 1:1 with contributions and partner funding and helps reduce the large NPS deferred-maintenance backlog.
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National Park Service Announces Nine Free Admission Days in 2015
The National Park Service is inviting visitors to discover something new in a park with free admission on nine days in 2015! Those nine days are:
– January 19: Martin Luther King Jr.
– February 14-16: President’s Day Weekend
– April 18 & 19: National Park Week’s opening weekend
– August 25: National Park Service’s 99th Birthday
– September 26: National Public Lands Day
– November 11: Veterans Day
These are great opportunities for Americans to get out and enjoy fun, healthy activities in their National Parks!
National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 12-18, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites America to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a visit to a national wildlife refuge. While you are enjoying the fishing or hiking or just the tranquility, learn how wildlife refuges conserve your wildlife heritage and enrich your life.
Since 1995, refuges across the country have celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week in early October with festivals, educational programs, guided tours and other events. Many state and local governments proclaim the week every year, and for the past four years Congress has officially recognized it.
Nationwide, refuges support more than 35,000 jobs and pump $2.4 billion into local communities, according to a Service report issued last year. More than 47 million people visited a refuge last year. “Nowhere else do I feel such a deep sense of connection with the land, the plants, and the wildlife,” offered one visitor.
National Public Lands Day Celebrates Volunteerism in America’s Great Outdoors On Sept. 28
Celebrating America’s Great Outdoors isn’t limited to just Great Outdoors Month™. Events throughout the year celebrate our public lands, and for 21 years National Public Lands Day – put on by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) – has been at the forefront of this effort.
Traditionally held on the last Saturday in September, 2014’s National Public Lands Day will take place on September 28.
Beginning in 1994 with three sites and 700 people, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) has become the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Last year, as NPLD celebrated its 20th anniversary, more than 175,000 volunteers helped improve 2,237 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
NEEF is part of a growing coalition including – the American Hiking Society, National Wildlife Federation, The Corps Network, Great Outdoors Month Lead Sponsor The Coleman Company and National Get Outdoors Day National Sponsor OFF!® that is championing fun and service in America’s Great Outdoors and urging Americans everywhere to get outdoors.
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