ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 12, 2008) – Dozens of federal agencies, non-profit organizations and the recreation industry will kick off the first National Get Outdoors Day this weekend to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. On June 14, 2008 and each June thereafter, events across the country will offer American families opportunities to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities, including boating and fishing.
The primary goal for the nationwide event, which is being promoted on TakeMeFishing.org, is to reach first-time visitors to public lands and reconnect youth to the great outdoors. RBFF is contributing TakeMeFishing.org hats which will be distributed at the Washington, DC Anacostia Park event.
“We’re pleased to help promote this important event that will introduce children and their families to the joys of outdoor recreation,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We know that kids today spend a lot of time indoors and if we can get them outside to enjoy boating, fishing, camping and other activities, they’re more likely to participate as adults. This will build an understanding of, and respect for, the resource.”
National Get Outdoors Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace the nation’s parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Working with the USDA Forest Service, Get Outdoors USA! hosted six recreation forums and learned that public lands needed to do a better job of capturing the attention of today’s youth.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing campaign and Anglers’ Legacy.