National Get Outdoors Day - June 11, 2011

Reconnecting Youth to the Great Outdoors





The fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation is Saturday, June 11, 2011.  Programs will offer opportunities for families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. The primary goals of the day are to reach currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and to reconnect our youth to the great outdoors.

Each Get Outdoors (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.

GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.

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