As a mother, I know how overwhelming it can be to organize outdoor family activities and adventures, so I’ve tried to provide a list of national, state and local events that will get you inspired and make planning easy . Here is KiddoGear’s list of June Outdoor Family Calendar activities – pick one or pick one each week. Let’s get outdoors and enjoy!
Monday, June 1st: NATIONAL GO BAREFOOT DAY
This is a day on which you’re encouraged to kick off your shoes and, as the name suggests, go barefoot for a day. This day was created by the charitable foundation Soles4Souls following the 2004 tsunami in order to assist those affected by the event. Donations have continued to stream in, however, and Soles4Souls has donated over 19 million pairs of shoes since 2005.
Tuesday, June 2nd: NATIONAL LEAVE THE OFFICE EARLY DAY
An unofficial national holiday created by Employee Productivity Specialist and renowned author Laura Stack. This unofficial holiday was created several years ago as an incentive for those who work 40+ hours a week. Upon finishing one’s work on June 2nd, they are encouraged to leave work early and enjoy the rest of the day with fun activities of their choosing—these fun activities could include hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
Friday, June 5th: WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY
“World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.”
Nebraska activity: Birds & Bagels – Homestead National Monument, Beatrice Nebraska from 8 – 9 am.
Saturday, June 6th: NATIONAL TRAILS DAY
Each year on the first Saturday in June is National Trails Day, a day in which events are held throughout the United States to promote awareness of the beauty and benefits of trails, simultaneously encouraging people to discover their local trails and instill excitement into the adventures the outdoors can provide. This unofficial national holiday is sponsored by the American Hiking Society.
- Birds & Bagels – Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE from 8 – 9 am.
- Griffith Prairie Fun Run – Prairie Plains Resource Institute, Marquette, NE from 8:30 – 11:00 am.
Sunday, June 7th:
Nebraska activity: Walk Among Wildflowers – Pioneers Park Nature Center, Lincoln, NE from 1 – 2pm.
Monday, June 8th: WORLD OCEAN’S DAY
“On World Oceans Day people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Be a part of this growing global celebration! The Ocean Project has been the lead organization promoting and coordinating this event since 2002, in partnership with many other organizations and networks, including World Ocean Network and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”
Sunday, June 14th: Flag Day
Thursday, June 18th: INTERNATIONAL PICNIC DAY
“International Picnic Day is one of the greatest ways to enjoy the summer season—an outdoor picnic with friends, family, games and activities, and delicious food.”
Friday, June 19th – Sunday, 21st:
- Homestead Days – Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE
- June 19th – Bring your own picnic to the Barn Jam – Prairie Plains Resource Institute, Marquette, NE from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.
- June 20th: Bader Park Tour – Prairie Plains Resource Institute, Marquette, NE from 9 – 11:30 am.
Sunday, June 21st: FATHER’S DAY
A day celebrating fathers, this day is a great opportunity for families to get outside and go on adventures, bonding and having fun on a day meant to illuminate the greatness of fathers and family togetherness.
- Frogs and Floats – Pioneers Park Nature Center, Lincoln, NE from 1 – 3pm.
Monday, June 22nd: NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY
“National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities 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.”
Saturday, June 27th: GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT DAY
Great American Campout Day is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. Even if you aren’t a camper, pitch a tent in the back yard and enjoy the stars. We did last year; and, now our kiddo loves to backyard camp – it’s a start.
Tuesday, June 30th: NATIONAL METEOR WATCH DAY
On this day each year people across the country peer the skies looking for meteors, or ‘shooting stars.’ The origin of this is unknown, but it is still a great occasion to go enjoy the night skies and the beauty they offer with your family.
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