Celebrate the Great Outdoors at LBJ Memorial Grove
June marks Great Outdoors Month and people across the country are finding ways to celebrate by hitting the trails, pitching tents in the backcountry, and enjoying the first of many long, summer nights under the stars. Since 2008, several governors have joined the president in proclaiming the annual festivities in honor of our nation’s beloved public lands, and partner organizations across the country are answering the call.
This year, The Corps Network (TCN) will recognize Great Outdoors Month with their 5th annual Great Outdoors Day of Service on Friday, June 15 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the event brings together volunteers and young adults from conservation corps from across the country to help address the backlogged maintenance needs at park units in our nation’s capital. Their goal is to “inspire people to get outside and contribute to the preservation of America’s natural spaces…All of us can pitch in to maintain the places and habitats that support our favorite activities.”
This year, TCN is partnering with the National Park Service at Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove, where outdoor enthusiasts, friends of the corps movement, and young people currently serving in the corps will participate in invasive species removal at the site where President Johnson came to escape from the stresses of building a Great Society.
Founded in 1985, TCN’s community of 130 corps annually provide more than 25,000 young adults and veterans the opportunity to serve on public lands and in rural and urban communities. They support their corps members by advocating on their behalf, providing access to funding and projects, and offering expertise in corps operations and programming.
Many corps partner with federal resource management agencies – like the National Park Service – to complete important projects on our public lands. Corps members work on a range of projects, including building and maintaining trails, removing invasive species, installing campground infrastructure, restoring fish and wildlife habitats, conducting prescribed burns, and preserving historic structures.
For those unable to participate in the Day of Service, TCN has instituted Outdoor Stewardship Week, a social media campaign to remind people that we can all help maintain the places and habitats that support our favorite public lands. This year’s celebration will take place all week long on June 11-15, but here are the best ways to get involved:
- Use #ServeOutdoors – Throughout the week, TCN encourages people serving outdoors to use #ServeOutdoors and share what they are doing to preserve our public lands. They also have sample messages and images available for public use.
- Twitter Chat – At 1:00 p.m. EST on June 13, TCN will host a Twitter chat to get people sharing opportunities and discussing ways to #ServeOutdoors.
- Sharing opportunities to serve on greatoutdoorsmonth.org/stewardship – TCN encourages organizations and agencies that have outdoor volunteer and service positions to send them a link where people can learn more about future opportunities to get involved.