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The ultimate list of outdoor and nature holidays

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Are you looking for a great excuse to skip work and head outside? Well, we have you covered with this exhaustive list of outdoor and nature holidays. No matter what you are interested in there is probably a holiday for it. So what are you waiting for? Find your favorite holiday on the list, get out, and start celebrating!

Note: We have updated this list for 2023. It is currently very USA oriented but we want to fix that soon. I’ll be updating this every year and adding as many international holidays as possible. So if you know of a holiday that isn’t on this list, even if it’s already passed, please leave a comment below. Our goal is to eventually include every holiday in the world that is outdoor or nature themed, or is normally celebrated outdoors.

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National Park Free Entrance Days

Every year the American National Park Service waives its entrance fees for a few Holidays and special anniversaries. The days for 2023 are listed below and you can learn more by visiting this National Park Service page.



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There you have it, our ultimate list of outdoor and nature holidays. We knew that there were a lot of these holidays but the size of this list is still impressive. When we started I expected to find maybe half this many. We lost count of how many there are here but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a few excuses a month to get outdoors. Of course, we can’t guarantee that your boss will let you off work for National Bison Day or National Find a Rainbow Day you might as well ask. What’s the worst that could happen?

Please leave a comment below letting us know which one is your favorite outdoor or nature themed holiday. I think that ours has to be Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbors’ Porch day. It’s so silly.

By Summer and Bill

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Summer and Bill are the dynamic duo behind, a blog dedicated to inspiring others to explore the great outdoors. With a combined lifetime of experience traveling and adventuring across America, they have a wealth of knowledge to share. From hiking to camping, kayaking to travel, Summer and Bill are passionate about helping others discover the beauty of the natural world.