Re-Blogged via the Florida Department of Environmental Protection……
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring June as Great Outdoors Month in Florida. The Governor’s proclamation honors Florida’s abundant natural resources and the nation’s best recreational opportunities, provided by the state’s waters, trails, public lands and parks.
Great Outdoors Month is celebrated across the country each June to spotlight not only the beauty and wonder of our lands but also the health and economic benefits they provide.
From vibrant coral reefs and white-sand beaches to clear, natural springs, ambling rivers and peaceful pine forests, the state of Florida offers a myriad of opportunities to connect with nature and explore outdoors. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service and Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection are committed to providing visitors with unforgettable experiences and lifelong memories.
“This Great Outdoors Month, we welcome you to come experience …the Real Florida and see why Florida is the only recipient of four National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management,” said DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “An adventure awaits you at any of Florida’s 175 state parks, 42 aquatic preserves and three national estuarine research reserves.”
With families preparing for summer fun, June is the perfect time to enjoy the natural beauty of Florida. Florida’s state parks, trails and aquatic preserves offer opportunities to camp, hike, paddle along pristine waterways, enjoy local flora and fauna, and more.
Activities during Great Outdoors Month in Florida include:
- Kayak Ecotour on Lake Powell, Tuesday, June 7, 9 to 11 a.m. CDT at Camp Helen State Park.
- Sinkhole Guided Walk, Saturday, June 11, 10 to 11 a.m. at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park.
- Moonrise at the Beach, Monday, June 13, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach.
- Blue Spring Jaywalk, Friday, June 17, 9 to 10 a.m. at Blue Spring State Park.
- BOGO Family Fridays, Friday, June 17 and 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- Father’s Day Orienteering Event, Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m. to noon at Oscar Scherer State Park.
- Marineland Beach Walk, Tuesday, June 21, 9 to 11 a.m. at Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve.
Learn more about Florida’s state parks, trails, aquatic preserves and national estuarine research reserves at FloridaDEP.gov.
Danny Kushmer, Executive Director