It’s officially summer! Help us celebrate Great Outdoors month. Whether you’re heading out on your very first hike, camping out with friends and family or enjoying your favorite fishing hole, Great Outdoors month is the perfect excuse to get outside and explore.
When: June 4-6 Grab your wheels (and helmet) and hit the trails, pavement or bike path in celebration of Bike Travel Weekend, an event that encourages families to ditch the car and head out on a weekend adventure by bike. Whether your bike-packing (like backpacking, but on a bike) or just zipping across town for a fun night in a hotel, participating in Bike Travel Weekend ensures a pedal-powered adventure.
When: June 5 Volunteers around the country will come together to pick up trash, maintain trails and spiffy up our green spaces on June 1, improving 2,802 total miles of trail—the distance across our country.
What: National Fishing and Boating Week When: June 5-13 Coinciding with most state's free fishing days, National Fishing and Boating Week occurs each year during the first full week of June. Time spent fishing and boating is a great opportunity to talk, laugh, relax, reconnect and create good memories with friends and family.
What: Family Health & Fitness Day When: June 13 Family Health & Fitness Day is an opportunity for local community members to get out and discover all the health benefits provided by their local park and recreation department.
What:National Go Fishing Day When: June 18 National Go Fishing Day is a great day to take time from your daily routine to find a stream, a lake or pond, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a fish or two (or ten). Fishing is a recreational pastime of many, and if you’re lucky, you can bring home a fresh catch.
What:Great American Campout When: June 20 Even if it’s just a pop-up tent and sleeping bag in your backyard under the stars, get out there and reconnect with the great outdoors. There’s a place to find your soul and set your mind to peace out in the great distant woods, and they’re calling all of us to head back out there and find ourselves. So, pile into your car, find a campsite near you, and join the Great American Campout!
When: June 26 Rent a canoe or take your own to a nearby river or to a place where an event is held for paddling and try your hands-on paddling on this day. If you need recommendations on where to go check out Florida's Designated Paddling Trails
Boating and fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends anytime. Here are just a few reasons why you should get out on the water and start enjoying these activities:
Family fishing is a great way for family members of all ages to connect and have fun.
Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities.
The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas.
What has outdoor recreation looked like for you this past year?
For many of us, this past year has been full of changes, including how we experience the outdoors. As we look back on a very eventful year, the Office of Greenways and Trails wants to hear how you were able to continue enjoying the outdoors. Did you pick up a new hobby around your home, like gardening or bird-watching? Were you unable to play team sports at your local park? Perhaps you discovered a new park or trail not far from your home? Whatever outdoor recreation has looked like for you this past year, we would love to hear about it! After all, it’s your experiences during this unique time that will help us plan for future recreation opportunities around the state!
The survey should take about five to 10 minutes and is available in English and Spanish. Not a Florida resident? No problem. We have a survey for you, too!
Please click the link below to be taken to the survey:
With our sunny skies and active lifestyles, Florida’s residents and visitors enjoy exploring our many miles of trails. Trail safety is important, particularly where trails and roadways cross. We all need to do our part to protect one another and prevent crashes. Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to:
Look and listen.
Obey signs and markings.
Take control of our own safety.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks have joined together to put the spotlight on this important topic by developing this Trail Safety Video.
Feel free to share or download the video, along with the extra information found below...and remember to AlwaysPut Safety First.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.