June 9 Is National Get Outdoors Day!

National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

And to encourage families to get out together, all 397 National Parks will waive entrance fees on Saturday.

“Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and national parks are great places to get out, experience nature, and get your heart pumping,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

“There are so many things to see and do in a park, either on your own or on a guided tour. Stroll a battlefield, hike to a waterfall, observe wildlife, paddle a waterway, walk on the beach, or enjoy a picnic. There’s something for everyone in America’s national parks. We hope to see you on Saturday.”

President Obama has declared June to be Great Outdoors Month, to encourage Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities and enjoy the beauty of public lands.

To celebrate Get Outdoors Day, in addition to free admission to national parks, families and kids will be able to take part in fun and healthy events at sites throughout the country.

Just a couple of examples: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington expects several thousand people to take part in a signature Get Outdoors Day event featuring archery, disc golf, a flash mob, an obstacle course, soccer, parachute games, exercise classes, cooking demonstrations and other interactive activities.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis is anticipating a big crowd for its “Get Outdoors under the Gateway Arch.” Activities will include a boot camp, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, fishing, gardening, bike rides, and walking tours.

You can find more activities at:

Get outside and have fun!

Related Stories

Presidential Proclamation: June Is Great Outdoors Month

American Kids Need To Be Out There

Let’s Take A Walk! Exercise Is Good For Our Brains

Photo Credit: dancinginthewings


Grace Adams
Grace Adams5 years ago

I got out long enough to walk to Saturday morning worship service on June 9. Just a typical Saturday for me.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

I feel very sorry for children who are trapped indoors most of the time.

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold5 years ago

This is fantastic. Kids need to get outside, play and be children. We adults certainly will get lots from being and playing with them. We should set aside at least 1 day every week from our schedules to have this kind of day, even if all we do is go to the backyard and play Uno or Monopoly or for that matter, we can use this time to reconnect with our family, to talk about what is going on and to show each member of our families how much we care.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Megan S.
Megan S5 years ago

How I spent my June 9th:
Walked 20 minutes to the Farmer's Market... Worked there for 6 hours (WHOO!), Walked home. Later on, I took my dog for a nice hour long walk :D

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago


Duane B.
.5 years ago

It's time to get back to nature and spend more time outside!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Navpreet K.
Navpreet K.5 years ago

I didn't even know that it was National Outdoors Day. I spent the majority of the day reconnecting with my old friend in a local park.