June 2012 has been officially proclaimed Great Outdoors Month and there are a lot of superlative ways to join in on the celebration. Here's a quick rundown on five of them:
Go Skateboarding Day falls on June 21, 2012, so why not go skateboarding as part of Great Outdoors Month? I would suggest contacting your local skate shop or skate park for a list of skating events that are scheduled to take place in your area. Be sure to ask about how to get a free skateboarding helmet too. There are a few organizations that offer them. If you don't have a skate shop in your area, there is always the Go Skateboarding Day's website. It lists various skateboarding events.
Go Fishing and Boating
National Fishing and Boating Week is also taking place in June 2012, so why not celebrate it in conjunction with Great Outdoors Month? There are multiple, free fishing and boating events scheduled. A good way to find out what events are scheduled in your area is to check with your state's fish and wildlife representative. Don't have fishing tackle or a life jacket? Don't worry. Many places are also making those available to people through assorted, free loaner programs.
Going camping is another wonderful way to celebrate. Many state parks and national forests have a first-time camper program that allows folks to rent all the camping equipment that's needed, along with a campsite, for a modest fee. In some states the fee is as low as $20 for two nights of camping.
Why not go hiking during Great Outdoors Month? In some areas, you can even hike for free. Many national parks are waving admission fees on June 9, 2012 as part of Get Outdoors Day. If you are new to hiking, I would suggest that you buy a good pair of hiking boots and break them in before you attempt a long hike. For your first time, you'll also want to bring along plenty of potable water, slather on the sunscreen and stay on well marked trails.
Go for a Bike Ride
Taking a bike ride is another excellent way to celebrate Great Outdoors Month. Don't have a bicycle or a bike helmet? Don't despair. There are organizations located across America that will loan you a bicycle for the day. Some of the bike loaner programs are free and others charge a modest rental fee. There are also organizations that provide free bike helmets.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation. She has also traveled extensively.
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