June 11, 2011 is National Get Outdoors Day!

May 24, 2011, 12:57 pm

With the school year winding down and the weather heating up, summer is one of the best seasons to explore the outdoors with the family. Saturday, June 11, 2011, will mark the third consecutive year of National Get Outdoors Day. Also known as GO-Day, the specially designated day encourages people everywhere to get outside and reconnect with nature.

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States, as the average child spends 7.5 hours per day in front of a screen. To combat inactivity, GO-Day is an outgrowth of Get Outdoor USA! Last year, over 25,000 families and children participated in GO-Day events. Whether you decide to take a far away trip to explore the outdoors or simply venture out to a local park, get active.

If you are a first time visitor or a returning outdoor enthusiast, be sure to look into special events and discounts! If you are searching for a GO-Day event or participating location in your area, click here to find your state. This year, there are a total of 96 locations across the country participating.

Each location will provide a variety of activities, both educational and informational. Visitors can learn how to pitch a tent, go geocaching, go fishing and more. Other locations will also have information focusing on sustainability, nutrition and the environment.

To make getting outside even easier, a variety of states are offering deals for the day. This year all 72 of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas are offering free admission. Birding kits, fishing kits, GPS units, kids discovery kits and more are available for loan at select parks. National Get Outdoors Day coincides with Take-A-Kid Fishing Day in Minnesota, where youth can learn proper fishing techniques, rent equipment and drop in a line of their own! Select campgrounds in Maine will be offering camping deals, so be sure to check with individual parks for events.

For more information about the day, watch videos about last year or find a location ear you, visit http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/