Connect People to the Outdoors

Monthly banner for June that reads ‘Connect people to the outdoors’

Summer kicks off this month and is a great time to highlight Strategic Objective F: “Connect People to the Outdoors.” In addition, the Forest Service is one of 99 federal agencies partnering together for the 9th annual “National Get Outdoors Day” this month to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at national forests and grasslands.

Picture of Appalachian Trail sign

You don’t have to hike the Appalachian Trail to connect with nature. Find a trail near you and take a hike! USFS Photo

Did You Know?

  • The Nation’s forests and grasslands provide opportunity for people to connect with the outdoors
  • Connecting with the outdoors and nature enhances people’s quality of life
  • The Nation’s forests and grasslands provide meaningful outdoor experiences for people of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities
  • The Forest Service is committed to providing sustainable outdoor opportunities while minimizing the impacts of use on the land

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People walking in a city park

A Different Twist on City Green Spaces and Health
Connecting ecosystem services with individual and social wellbeing

Spending time in nature – whether a forest or a public park – improves health and wellbeing. Photo by Gryffindor, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

What’s Wilderness Worth?
A synthesis of the economic values of wilderness areas

Wilderness areas, such as the Linville Gorge Wilderness area in the Pisgah National Forest, provide habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species, plus recreation opportunities for people. Photo by Ken Thomas, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
View of Linville Gorge mountains

People walking on a trail

The Future of Outdoor Recreation in the South
Key Findings from the Southern Forest Futures Project Technical Report

Research for the Southern Forest Futures Report found that hiking is the recreational activity that will increase the most by 2060. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.

New Native Plants Resource for Teachers
Education module available for download

Cherokee uses for the sassafras tree include food, fertilizer, furniture, and medicines. Photo by Julia Kirschman, USFS.
Sassafras plant

Person sitting in a park

What Trees Offer City Dwellers

One of the many wooded settings in San Francisco. Photo by Zoe Hoyle.

The Emerging Role of Ecosystem Services in Preventive Medicine

Urban green spaces offer many ecosystem services, including better mental and physical health. Photo by Goingstuckey, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
View of a city park

Child fishing on a lake

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide a wide range of fishing experiences. From relaxing shoreline fishing at places like Lake Russell to the more challenging reward of fly fishing some of Georgia's best trophy trout streams. USFS Photo