TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism joins the governor in reminding residents and visitors that Kansas has an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and appreciate the many natural splendors of our state.
“I urge everyone to join me and visit our wonderful state and local parks, trails and national sites,” Kelly said. “All of Kansas is waiting for you. So, get outside and make outdoor activities a regular part of your life in the Sunflower State.”
Enjoying the Kansas outdoors contributes to our quality of life; promotes physical and mental health, fitness, and environmental awareness; and is an ideal way to exercise and enjoy memorable experiences with family and friends. Also, many of our important cultural and historic events and traditions are linked to places in Kansas which are parts of national, state and local park systems.
Outdoor recreation has a significant economic impact in Kansas. It is growing nationally, generating $887 billion in consumer spending. And in Kansas, it generates an estimated $7.3 billion in consumer spending and supports 71,000 direct jobs.
Great Outdoors Month connects all of Kansans to the outdoors, and especially children, through diverse events such as National Trails Day (June 1), National Fishing and Boating Week (June 1-9), National Get Outdoors Day (June 8), the Great American Campout (June 22) and National Marina Days (June 8), Kids to Parks Day (held May 18), Great Outdoors Day of Service (June 14) and more.