As you plan for 2023, I wanted to remind you of a few important dates or events that relate to the outdoors or history.
February: Black History Month. You can find information related to Pennsylvania’s role in the Underground Railroad in our Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 newsletters.
March: Women’s History Month. Learn more about women in conservation at PaConservationHeritage.org.
March 21: Pennsylvania Bird Day.
April: Earth Month, with Earth Day and Rothrock Week. Earth Day is April 22, Rothrock Week is April 23-30. This is a great week to celebrate our state forest system!
May 14-21: I Love My State Park Week. This national endeavor is a week to encourage volunteerism and share information about state parks everywhere!
May 23-30: Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Week. Declared in a Governor Proclamation in 2018, this week celebrates the acquisition of the first state park and the passing of the legislation that created the forest commission which later became the Bureau of Forestry.
June: National Rivers Month
June 3: National Trails Day
June 10: National Get Outdoors Day
June 19: Juneteenth
June 24: the Great American Campout
June 29: International Mud Day
July: Lakes Appreciation Month
July 15-23: Latino Conservation Week
July 21st: Park and Recreation Professionals Day
July 31: International Rangers Day
August 5: Campfire Day
August 13: Perseids Meteor Shower
September: DCNR Trails Month
September 23: National Public Lands Day which kicks off Healthy Lands Week, another great time to engage volunteers, promote stewardship, and educate visitors
October 1: Walk in Penn’s Woods and the end of Healthy Lands Week.
November 24: #OptOutside
December 11: International Mountain Day
Social media coordinators will hear from Public Engagement Coordinator Brian Swift each month with these and other idea for communicating healthy messages. Email him if you are not on the regular distribution list to receive these reminders.