Get Outdoors Day: June 9th

Jun 8, 2012 by

Get Outdoors Day logoThe U.S. boasts 397 national parks—at least one in every state except Delaware—and the entrance fee for all will be waived tomorrow, June 9, for national Get Outdoors Day. And many other parks across the country have free, family-oriented activities and fun scheduled to encourage kids and adults to get outdoors and discover the natural beauty near all of us.

National Get Outdoors Day

The main goals of GO Day, as it’s called for short, are “reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.” Ninety-five partners like Cabella’s, Camp Fire USA, and REI are supporting GO Day’s Coordinators—the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition—to make happen organized activities and events across the country.

GO Day Activities

From GO Day’s website:

“Each GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and “active fun” areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. The sites will provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and other interesting creatures. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition. In addition to the GO Day events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.”

Find GO Day Events in Your Area

The Get Outdoors Day website has a page of venues and activities organized by state. A few examples:

  • Commerce City, Colorado is sponsoring booths, craft tents, and a fishing derby for children ages 2-15.
  • Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois offers free camping and a kids’ fishing derby, along with a free lunch.
  • At Powderhorn Park in south Minneapolis, you’ll find “Voyageur canoeing with Wilderness Inquiry, stand up paddleboarding, boat safety, roasting marshmallows, camp games, geocaching, bike maintenance, fishing, birding, nature crafts, archery, mountain biking, kids’ outdoor activities, and more!”
  • At Shenandoah River State Park in Virginia, visitors can learn about letterboxing—a fun recreation involving deciphering clues and searching out letterboxes hidden in the park.

What’s Your Favorite Frugal Family Fun Activity?

One key to meeting your long-term financial goals is divorcing spending money from having fun. What are your family’s favorite free or low-cost activities?

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