2020 55¢ Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: June 13, 2020
First Day City: Incline Village, NV
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 35,000,000
In today’s fast-paced way of life, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. One of the best ways to relax and recharge is by spending time outdoors. The US Postal Service issued five new Forever stamps in 2020, celebrating outdoor activities. These include going to the beach, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. There are lots of places to go to enjoy these activities. Some of the best are our country’s national parks. And these parks would not exist without famous outdoorsman Teddy Roosevelt.
Roosevelt was fascinated with the outdoors his entire life. He traveled the world with his family, often spending time in nature. On a hike in the Alps one day, Roosevelt’s father discovered his son was able to keep up with him, despite having asthma. It turned out Roosevelt had an unusual form of asthma in which exercise helped keep symptoms at bay. From that moment on, Roosevelt could not be kept away from the outdoors.
Conservation was an important part of Roosevelt’s life. He formed the Boone and Crockett Club and advocated for better hunting practices to help preserve vulnerable species around for years to come. The club also advocated for the expansion of Yellowstone National Park. It played a major role in the establishment of the National Park Service, Forest System, and Wildlife Refuges.
Over the years, doctors have been able to prove that spending time outdoors is good for your health. So, even if it is just a walk around the park, do what Teddy Roosevelt did – get out and enjoy nature today.