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National Get Outdoors Day Preview Announced
A preview of the first-ever National Get Outdoors Day will be held in the Washington, D.C. suburbs on May 31, two weeks before events will be held across the nation to help all Americans – and especially American families with children – discover opportunities for healthy fun. The preview will be hosted by the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America at Camp William B. Snyder with the involvement of dozens of national and regional organizations.



National Get Outdoors Day
Participants from dozens of federal agencies and non-profit organizations and the recreation industry gathered in Washington to launch National Get Outdoors Day, a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. On June 14, 2008, and each June thereafter, these partners will offer sites for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

National Get Outdoors Day sites will be selected using the following criteria:

  • Proximity to/easy access from one or more metropolitan areas
  • Capacity to host 2,000 -10,000 participants
  • Existing food service, comfort stations and parking facilities
  • Ease of involvement of multiple government and private-sector partners
  • Ability to demonstrate outdoor activities such as bird watching, hiking, fishing, camping, and to provide information on pursuing those activities
  • Capability to highlight traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities

National Get Outdoors Day Overview
National Get Outdoors Day Promotional Materials
National Get Outdoors Day Locations


Outdoor Recreation Village
More than 40 organizations formed a unique team of outdoor advocates to help tens of thousands of visitors to Glendale, Arizona, drawn by Super Bowl XLII, discover healthy fun in the Great Outdoors. For four days, the organizations produced the first-ever Outdoor Recreation Village at one of the world’s top media events and used the Village as a platform to announce new initiatives to connect all Americans, and especially American youth, to the nation’s wonderful array of parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.

Outdoor Recreation Village Landing Page
2008 Report: Quicktime | Windows Media
Kempthorne Remarks: Quicktime | Windows Media


10 Ways to Unlock the Fun of the Great Outdoors With Your Kids This Winter
Don’t let cold weather stop you from venturing outside this winter. Bundle up the entire family in mittens, wool hats and cozy scarves and head straight into the Great Outdoors.



10 Ways to Unlock the Fun of the Great Outdoors With Your Kids This Fall
The summer’s heat has faded. The air feels crisp and refreshing. Leaves are turning gold, orange, and red. It’s finally fall and time for Get Outdoors USA!’s latest installment of fun-for-the-whole-family activities that’ll get your kids off the couch, away from the computer, and into the Great Outdoors.