MESSAGE FROM MARGUERITE

Thousand Trails loves the month of June! Not only is June designated as Great Outdoors Month, but June 8 is National Get Outdoors Day, and June 22 is the Great American Backyard Campout. These events play perfectly into our mantra encouraging everyone to Get Out and Camp.

Last year, in a Presidential Proclamation, President Obama encouraged all Americans to spend time in the great outdoors, highlighting not only the health and economic benefits from spending time outdoors, but also the fun. Similarly, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) encourages the same thing through their Great American Backyard Campout. Noting that 25% of kids play outside daily, as opposed to 75% a generation ago, the NWF, through the Great American Backyard Campout, encourages families and friends to reconnect with the natural world.

We like that idea and you know that's what we're all about. That's why this is a perfect time to let you know about our newest Zone product (in case you haven't heard the buzz by now). We'd like to introduce our newest Camping Zone - the Midwest. In our efforts to get everyone into the camping zone, we've re-aligned a few zones and created a zone specific to the heartland of our country.

The Midwest Zone will include a total of thirteen campgrounds four in Wisconsin, three in Indiana, two in both Michigan and Ohio, and one each in Illinois and Kentucky. From locations near Wisconsin's popular Dells and Door County to a picturesque Kentucky location that is just minutes from the entrance to Mammoth Cave, there's a range of things to see and do in this new zone. For those of you holding Northeast and Southeast Zones, you should know that you still have access to the campgrounds from your zone that have now moved into the Midwest Zone.

In this issue, we continue our Summer Road Trip series and the national parks features play right into the whole concept of getting outside and enjoying nature. Thanks to the Roosevelts Teddy and Franklin, our country moved in the right direction in preserving our land as well as our wildlife. Check out the Spotlight on page 27 which explains how Teddy Roosevelt decided to designate historic landmarks and national parks. And, it was thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt that the National Wildlife Federation came to exist. In fact, one of the NWF's area of focus is connecting people to nature. Something we know a lot about.

This month, we're running a Get Out and Camp sweepstakes on our Facebook page. Simply like us on Facebook and complete the entry form and you can win free camping nights and camping gear. We are also continuing our Member Appreciation Events for dates and preserve locations go to page 14.

So, armed with a mission to have fun, enjoy nature and Get Out and Camp, we hope to see you this June!


See you soon,

Marguerite Nader
President and CEO