Great Outdoors Month
National Great Outdoors Month, celebrated the entire month of June was first started in 2006 by President George W. Bush. It is a time when we all are encouraged to go outside and do something! In part to preserve and appreciate National and State parks, there is also a focus on ecology and preserving all natural areas.
June is one of the best times to get outdoors to enjoy and explore all of the natural resources around us. Typically not too hot or rainy, there are many activities for everyone to enjoy outdoors — things like hiking, fishing, swimming, camping, boating, biking, walking or just playing outside!
Ohio is rich in beautiful outdoor places to explore. With Lake Erie to the North, The Cuyahoga National Park, and many state parks, exploring the Buckeye state offers one outdoor adventure after another. Ohio State Parks have joined in the summer reading fun by offering a 50% camping discount for participants in the Summer Library Reading Program!
Richland County is also a great place to explore the great outdoors. Areas such as Clearfork Reservoir, Charles Mill Lake, the Mohican area are close to home and designed for public enjoyment as well as city parks and playgrounds.
During the month of June, set aside some time to go outdoors. Travel across the state, or across town. Pack a picnic. Take a hike in the woods. Or walk in your neighborhood. Appreciate and explore the great opportunities we have to be outdoors!