Gov. Daugaard Proclaims June as Great Outdoors Month

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month” in South Dakota, joining with many states across the nation to celebrate nature.

In the proclamation, Gov. Daugaard notes that South Dakota’s natural resources, state and national parks, and open spaces are recognized as some of the most spectacular, clean and accessible. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), he says, provides ample opportunities to connect with nature through its events, trails and educational programs at the state’s 13 state parks and 43 recreation areas.

The Governor urges South Dakotans and visitors to “escape the indoors” and take advantage of those opportunities. Throughout the month of June, GFP will host day camps, archery lessons, disc-golf demonstrations, kids’ fishing derbies, educational nature programs and environmental events.

Notable events taking place throughout the month of June include:

June 2: National Trails Day
A day set aside to celebrate America’s trail systems and their supporters and volunteers. State parks across South Dakota will host trail-related events that day.

June 2-10: National Fishing and Boating Week
This is a week to get out on the water and experience the joys of boating and fishing.

June 9: National Get Outdoors Day
National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.

For a complete list of events, visit our online calendar at