June 1st is National Go Barefoot Day. Undoubtably, frontiersman Daniel Boone walked barefoot when he first saw the forests and valleys of present-day Kentucky in 1769 (Boone Day, celebrated on June 7). Nothing connects one to the earth like the literal experience of walking barefoot outside; get in touch with the sun-warmed soil and feel the landscape that you live in (Global Wind Day, June 15). That you can do this safely is somewhat due to Clean Air Day (June 4) and World Environment Day, established by the United Nations General Assembly on June 5th, 1972, the day the U.N. Conference on the Human Environment began. Since then, it is hosted every year on June 5th by a different city with a different theme. 2014's theme is 'Small Islands and Climate Change', and the official slogan is 'Raise Your Voice, Not The Sea Level'.
The first Saturday of every June is reserved for thought flexibility - Change Your Mind Day, and National Trails Day, no doubt a good day to ramble on your local trails. Don't fret if you happen to be far from the mountains, because June 8 is World Oceans Day, to raise awareness of the challenges we face to protect the world's oceans, source of food, oxygen and medicine, and home to innumerable grand water creatures. You'll have plenty of time to bicycle in the second week in June (Bike Week), because of the upcoming Summer Solstice on June 21 - the longest day of the year.
You might use these extra hours to contemplate the mystery and wonderfulness of your dear Rad-Dad on Fathers' Day, 3rd Sunday in June. If you need help with this, consider reading Plato, who documented the dialogs of the Philosopher Socrates (born June 5, 468 BCE). While you contemplate, be sure and keep your hands busy in honor of Worldwide Knit in Public Day (2nd Saturday in June) and National Handshake Day (Last Thursday in June). In any case, bring him along for an outdoor feast on June 18 -International Picnic Day, using produce produced from National Gardening Exercise Day (June 6) and Weed your Garden Day (June 13); and make sure he follows the dictates of Eat Your Vegetables Day (June 17).
A few important birthdays in June: Socrates (see above), Frank Lloyd Wright (born June 8, 1867), and the indominable Helen Keller Day (born June 27, 1880). If we could learn to see like she did, the world might be an even more beautiful place for all to live!