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June proclaimed 'Great Outdoors Month' in Wisconsin

The month of June has been proclaimed Great Outdoors Month in Wisconsin by Gov. Jim Doyle.

Families are encouraged to celebrate and experience the many outdoor activities the state has to offer.

"Wisconsin's vast natural and cultural resources provide citizens and visitors opportunities to hike, bike, fish, camp, swim, learn about nature and enjoy numerous other outdoor activities on public and private lands," Doyle noted in the proclamation.

"Playing and exploring outdoors gives children and their families time to connect with nature, engage in exercise and healthy activities, and have fun," adds Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank. "This, in turn, leads to a renewed commitment to conserving our air, water and land."

Frank announced that the Department of Natural Resources is launching a new initiative called Get Outdoors! Wisconsin, in response to the national No Child Left Inside movement.

The program will bring together organizations like the Aldo Leopold Nature Center, hospitals, schools, museums and zoos. It will encourage Wisconsinites to enjoy unstructured time outdoors (nature free play), a vital component to healthy and active lifestyles.

Upcoming activities will include fitness programs, educational materials for youth, nature games in the outdoors, and other fun and free activities.