15 Ways to Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

Trails have much to offer: great views, relaxing sounds, family bonding time or solitude. Not only will a nice hike refresh your mind, it is also great for your overall health.

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Take Your Pup to the Dog Park

Can anyone be unhappy while walking a dog? I certainly don’t think so. Since you and your dog both need regular exercise, why not celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with a nice long walk with your four-legged friend? And as a bonus, spending time with your dog has been proven to reduce stress. If you don’t have a dog, consider walking a shelter pet. The shelter and the dog will thank you.

Visit a National or State Park

National and State Parks are the best. They’re beautiful and historic places set aside for us to learn from and enjoy. There are any number of activities to participate in, depending on the park, including swimming, kayaking, hiking, climbing, boating and more. Check out National Parks here and State Parks

Volunteer

What better way to spend a day outdoors than by doing some good? Check with local nonprofits and parks to see if they’re organizing a clean-up day, a trail maintenance day or a creek clearing day. If nothing is being organized in your area, consider grabbing a few friends and picking up trash in your neighborhood.

Plant a Garden

Growing a garden is not only rewarding, but it’s also great for the environment. Planting your own food keeps harmful pesticides out of the air and out of your body, and it can have a big effect on your pocketbook. A study by the National Gardening Association found that a $70 investment returns $530 in produce. Make a big dent in your grocery bill while getting outside. It’s a win-win!

Learn a New Skill – REI, Home Depot

Learning new things enables you to relate to more people and improves your cognitive skills. And there are several companies who want to teach you things for free! REI offers classes on a variety of subjects including climbing, hiking, and cycling, and many of the classes are offered for free. If you’re hoping to tackle a project, The Home Depot offers free workshops for men, women and kids to help anyone kick off a DIY project with confidence.

Exercise Outdoors

The more you move, the better you feel. In fact, the Mayo Clinic says that exercising can improve mood and boost energy. Try celebrating National Get Outdoors Day by going for a run, playing an intramural game or going for a bike ride.

Go Camping

What better way to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day than by spending an entire day outside? With modern conveniences and technology, it’s easier than ever to find somewhere to camp and camp comfortably. But don’t forget to follow the Leave No Trace Principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare.
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  3. Dispose of waster properly.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts.
  6. Respect wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Support a Local Sports Team

Whether you have a professional team or a little league team in your town, supporting a local sports team is a fun way to be outside and get involved with your community. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, drink plenty of water and wear the team colors!

Go Stargazing

If you’re like me, you haven’t done a ton of constellation searching outside of a planetarium. National Get Outdoors Day is a great reason to brush up on your knowledge of the stars. Grab a blanket and some hot chocolate and see how many constellations you can identify. If you need some help, check out this constellation guide. If you’re really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the International Space Station. Here’s a website to let you know when and where the ISS will be viewable.

Visit your Local Farmers Market

Fresh, organic food? Sign me up. Shopping at a local farmers market not only gives you delicious food, but it’s great for your local economy and environment. Small farms, like the ones featured at farmers markets, produce less waste and are less likely to use machines that negatively impact the environment. With National Get Outdoors Day falling on a Saturday, there’s likely a farmers market happening near you.

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