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Fresh Air!

June is Great Outdoors Month, designed to encourage us all to celebrate active outdoor fun in forests, parks, wildlife refuges, lakes, rivers, beaches and other public places. But what do you do when you get there?

Bring the fun ideas with you and make the most of being outside!

Oh, the Place You'll Go!
Grab a trail map and head for the hills. The family that hikes together grows healthy together! Don't forget to bring water and healthy snacks if you plan to hike for more than one hour.

Pull a Fast One!
Bring a long rope and play an old-fashioned game of Tug-of-War. Before you leave home, measure the rope and tie a colorful rag at the center point. When you get to the park, find a large area and make a line in the dirt. Then divide your group into sides and have each group hold an end of the rope. Place the center of the rope on the line and say “go!” When one team is pulled completely over the center point, they have lost.

Red Rover and Out
Divide into two teams of equal strength and size and have them face each other. Each team should stand side-by-side, holding hands. One team yells, “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (a person from the other team) over,” at which point the identified person tries to run through the opposing team’s line. If they break through the other team’s line, they can choose a person to take back with them to add to their team. If they don’t break through, they have to join the other team. The winning team has the most members.

Make a Difference! 
Bring along garbage bags and work gloves and pick up trash during your park visit. Set aside 10 minutes of every hour you’re there to make the world a cleaner place as you walk, swim, hike and relax.

Want to make your mark on the planet as you connect with nature? Volunteers-in-Parks (VIPs) work with National Park Service   employees in more than 390 national parks throughout the United States and its territories. Anyone can volunteer (you’ll need signed permission from a parent or  guardian if you’re under 18), and the oppurtunities aren’t limited to summertime only. Go to the National Park Service site ( and click on “get involved” to find our more.

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