President Obama declared this month, right here and right now, to be National Wilderness Month. What does that mean? All politics aside (oh, go ahead and pundit in the comments if you want, it’ll be interesting), it’s a strong suggestion for people to get outside into our incredible wilderness areas. The press release states, “I [President Barack Obama] invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.”
So go ahead. Visit Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Zion National Park. Enjoy a hike or two, take in a ranger program (in person, or online before your visit) or even a guided field visit to learn about natural history, learn more about some troublesome issues on wilderness preservation, and check out ways you might be able to contribute your voice and more to protecting our great national parks and other wilderness areas, such as America’s Great Outdoors.