DNR release: Visit state parks for free on June 14
The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors, especially families with young children, to the fun of outdoor recreation at state parks, state trails, fishing piers and other public lands.
Free programs – Special programs taking place statewide include fly-fishing workshops at Camden State Park, archery at Afton State Park, a bird hike at Tettegouche State Park and naturalist-led pontoon tours on Lake Bemidji at Lake Bemidji State Park.
See the complete list, with times and locations, at www.mndnr.gov (www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/getoutdoorsday.html).
Free loaner equipment –
Most parks allow visitors to check out GPS units, binoculars, fishing gear and kids discovery kits (featuring activities, stories and tips to help ensure a child’s park visit will be fun and memorable).
Trip planning resources –
Looking for somewhere to bike, hike, paddle, check out waterfalls, swim, fish, geocache or participate in naturalist-led nature programs? Narrow down the options by browsing the Summer Guide (www.mndnr.gov/summerguide) or using the DNR’s new ParkFinder (www.dnr.state.mn.us/parkfinder/index.html) to find the destination with the best combination of activities and amenities for your family’s particular needs and interests.