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Thousands of kids received free outdoor education through fun in the sun activities in Alexandria

Youth Outdoor Activity Day in Alexandria went off without a hitch on Sun, Aug. 29. The day featured plenty of activities developed to help kids learn and experience different outdoor-style activities.

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From left to right, brothers Miles, 4, Bennett, 8, and Graham, 6, Eckhoff of Detroit Lakes can't believe the size of some of the fish they could handle at one of the stations during Youth Outdoor Activity Day in Alexandria on Aug. 29, 2021. (Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press)

The seventh annual Youth Outdoor Activity Day on Sunday, Aug. 29 helped introduce kids to more than 40 outdoor-related activities. They learned about henhouse rolling, birdhouse building, hunting and fishing techniques — how to track a blood trail and the proper way to cast a fishing rod — along with mountain bike riding, rock climbing and more.

Organized by the Viking Sportsmen Club and Pheasants Forever, the idea was pumped into action to get kids involved and curious about the outdoors.

The kids were able to walk away with some experience, a deeper understanding and appreciation for the outdoors, and a couple of free giveaway items they were able to receive from some of the activities.

About 350 volunteers showed up to help make Youth Outdoor Activity Day possible, with almost 2,000 kids attending the free event at Alexandria Shooting Park.

Visit www.echopress.com 's Northland Outdoor section or see Friday's print edition of the Echo Press for more photos and a full story on this year's Youth Outdoor Activity Day.

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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