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Celebrating July National Parks and Recreation Month! - Kunes RV Blog

Published on Jul 14, 2023 by Kunes RV Team

Ah, July! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the great outdoors beckon families far and wide to embark on unforgettable adventures. What better way to revel in the summer spirit than by celebrating July National Parks and Recreation Month? This fantastic occasion was created to highlight the importance of our precious parks and recreational activities, while also providing families with an opportunity to engage in delightful, memory-making experiences. So, grab your sense of adventure, sprinkle in some interesting trivia, and let’s explore how this marvelous month of fun came to be, along with some exciting family activities to celebrate it!

How It All Began

National Parks and Recreation Month sprouted from the collective imagination of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This dynamic organization, dedicated to promoting parks and recreation across the United States, decided to designate July as a special month to shine a spotlight on the abundant benefits of spending time in nature and engaging in recreational activities. The inaugural celebration took place in 1985, and since then, it has blossomed into an annual extravaganza, captivating the hearts of families nationwide.


Teddy Roosevelt’s Wild Legacy : Did you know that President Theodore Roosevelt, a passionate advocate for nature conservation, established the United States Forest Service and designated five national parks? Thanks to his unwavering commitment, beloved treasures like Yellowstone and Yosemite were preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Smokey Bear’s Mighty Roar: Smokey Bear, the iconic symbol of forest fire prevention, made his first appearance in 1944. Since then, he has been educating families about fire safety and the importance of preserving our lush landscapes. Remember, only you can prevent forest fires!

The Grand Canyon’s Vastness: One of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, the Grand Canyon, stretches a staggering 277 miles long, reaches a width of 18 miles, and plunges to a depth of over a mile. It’s so enormous that you could fit the entire city of San Francisco within its walls!

Things to do as a Family

Embark on a “Hike ‘n’ Seek” Adventure

 Channel your inner explorers and embark on a thrilling hike in a local park. Create a scavenger hunt by making a list of items to find, like a pinecone, a colorful wildflower, or a unique rock formation. The first to spot each item wins a prize, like an extra marshmallow for s’mores.

Picnic Paradise

Pack a scrumptious picnic basket filled with your family’s favorite treats and head to a nearby park. Find a shady spot under a towering tree, lay out a cozy blanket, and savor the delightful combination of good food, laughter, and sunshine. Bonus points for a post-lunch frisbee game!

Campfire Tales

Gather ’round the crackling flames of a campfire and share spooky, funny, or heartwarming stories. Remember, the more exaggerated the tale, the better! Don’t forget the gooey s’mores and a chorus of off-key campfire songs.

Nature Art Extravaganza

Let your creativity run wild in the great outdoors! Collect fallen leaves, twigs, and pebbles to create nature-inspired artwork. Craft crowns adorned with wildflowers, design mandalas using colorful rocks, or paint the landscape with natural pigments. The possibilities are as boundless as your imagination!

July National Parks and Recreation Month is the perfect time for families to come together and revel in the wonders of nature. As we celebrate this joyous occasion, let’s remember the dedicated individuals who strive to preserve our national parks and promote recreational activities. So, gather your loved ones, put on your adventure hats, and create memories that will last a lifetime. After all, there’s no better time to embrace the call of the wild and unleash the fun!


At Kunes RV, we want to help you enjoy all that our parks have to offer. And what better way to experience parks AND recreation than in an RV. We want you to experience all the adventures that the great outdoors has to offer. So, let us help your ADVENTURE BEGIN with Kunes RV.

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