[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8528--MAY 28, 2010

Proclamation 8528 of May 28, 2010
Great Outdoors Month, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

America's vast and varied outdoor spaces are a source of great national
pride, and we have long strived to protect them for future generations.
Our lands and waters provide countless opportunities for exploration,
recreation, and reflection, whether in solitude or with family and
friends. During Great Outdoors Month, we renew our enduring commitment
to protect our natural landscapes, to enjoy them, and to promote active
lifestyles for ourselves and our children.
Our outdoor spaces include the farms, ranches, rivers, forests, and
working lands that are integral to our culture and economy, as well as
our National Parks, local parks, fishing holes, beaches, and other
favorite spots that provide space for us to stay active and healthy.
These places are especially important today, as an increasing number of
Americans, especially children, fall into unhealthy sedentary
This year, I launched the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to foster
innovative, community-driven strategies to protect our natural spaces,
and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. We are addressing
the conservation challenges and opportunities of the 21st century
through partnerships with ranchers, farmers, sportsmen, and
conservationists; State, local, private, and tribal leaders; educational
and service programs like AmeriCorps; and business representatives and

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stakeholders. To learn how you can join this effort, visit: www.DOI.gov/
The America's Great Outdoors Initiative also builds upon Let's Move,
First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to help our children eat more
nutritious foods, lead healthier lives, and increase their physical
activity. Exploring beyond the walls of their homes and schools will
help inspire our children to move, run, play, and thrive. I encourage
all Americans to visit www.LetsMove.gov to learn more.
In these difficult economic times, renewing our commitment to our
natural places will foster jobs in the tourism and recreation industries
while conserving our great outdoors. Moreover, as Americans, we are
responsible for protecting our heritage, including the raw beauty of our
lands and waters. Together, let us rise to meet that responsibility and
safeguard our cherished outdoor spaces for our children and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Great
Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and
to continue our Nation's tradition of conserving our lands for future
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day
of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-