Great Outdoors Month event

A Problem based Learning Project

The Challenge:

In June 2004, President Bush declared the first Great Outdoors Month.

"During Great Outdoors Month, we celebrate the rich blessings of our Nation's natural beauty, and we renew our commitment to protecting our environment so that we can leave our children and grandchildren a healthy and flourishing land. This month is also an opportunity to pay tribute to those whose hard work and dedication keep our country's open spaces beautiful and accessible to our citizens.

Through recreational activities such as fishing, skiing, biking, and nature watching, we can teach our young people about the wonders of our Nation's landscapes. Experiencing our Nation's natural splendor contributes to healthier lives for our citizens and a deeper appreciation for the great outdoors." Proclamation for 2007

Alternatively, Take a Child Outside Week is targeted at kids.

Embrace the idea. Plan a program for your community.

Begin by researching if there is a planned program for your state or county. You may want to coordinate your project with them if there is one.


Extend your knowledge:

Get Outdoors USA

National Senior Games www.nsga.com

Great Outdoors Month www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org

Great American Backyard Campout online.nwf.org

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Clean Beaches Week www.cleanbeaches.org

National Family Recreation Week www.aahperd.org

Bicycle Rodeo

What is NatureMapping?

Hands on the Land

National Park Service - http://www.nps.gov/

US Army Corps of Engineers - http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/

National Trails Day American Hiking Society www.americanhiking.org

Green Maps Around the World

Fields, Meadows & Fencerows Unit | Wetlands Study Unit

National River Clean Up Week www.nationalrivercleanup.org

National Fishing and Boating Week www.rbff.org

CDC - Parks and Trails - http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ParksAndTrails/

Let’s Go Outside! - US Fish and Wildlife Service

Bud Burst Protocol contribute data for your community.

Bioluminescence - Firefly Watch - Learn about them and conduct a study.

NestWatch- Cornell University citizen science sponsored project - Project FeederWatch - Great Backyard Bird Count

Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Audubon Society

Celebrate Urban Birds

Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change.

School or Park habitat garden

The United States of Art - Explore examples of public art in this interactive Google map. Add you town or region's public art to the map.

Movie about the issue of reconnecting with the outdoors. Speaker - Richard Louv, author of Last Child in The Woods.

Governor's Outdoor Conference

Map your town | July 4th celebration | Lincoln Bicentennial | Map & tree inventory | eFundraising project

Problem based Learning ideas

Milkweed Mania and Monarch Butterflies / Internet Hunts / Nature / Computers / Pennsylvania Projects / Puzzles & Projects / Map tree inventory / Home

developed by Cynthia J. O'Hora Posted 7/2008
released to the public domain.

Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards Environment and Ecology, Science and Technology: Renewable and nonrenewable resources.
Humans and Environment Explain how human activities may affect local, regional, and global environments.
Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening | Mathematics