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DNR release: Visit state parks for free on June 14

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outdoors Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will waive the requirement for a vehicle permit ($5 for one day or $25 year-round) and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, June 14 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.
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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).

For more information on where to find the free stuff, not just on National Get Outdoors Day but every day, visit www.mndnr.gov(www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/loaner.html).

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.

Information is also available by contacting the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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