Minnesota state parks to offer free admission on Saturday, June 12

Along with other parks across the country, the Minnesota DNR is
encouraging families to participate in National Get Outdoors Day by
offering a variety of free activities statewide on Saturday, June
12.

The DNR will also waive the requirement for a $5 vehicle permit
and provide free admission at all 73 Minnesota state parks and
recreation areas that day. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is
to introduce first-time visitors to state parks, state trails,
fishing piers, and other public lands. In particular, it aims to
reconnect youth – whose participation in outdoor recreation has
been declining – to the great outdoors.

In the Twin Cities area, the main attraction will be the Take a
Day OFF event taking place from

1 to 5 p.m. at Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul. The
afternoon will include opportunities to experience more than a
dozen free activities, such as fishing, canoeing, geocaching, and
camping basics. Experts from the DNR, REI, Conservation Corps
Minnesota, and other outdoor recreation organizations will be on
hand to help families design their next outdoor adventure.

Some Minnesota state parks are also offering free fishing
clinics on June 12 in conjunction with Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend,
such as a fly-fishing workshop for anglers of all ages from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at William O’Brien State Park. For a list of activities
at Minnesota state parks trails, and recreation areas, check the
online calendar at www.mndnr.gov/parksandtrails
or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll-free
888-646-6367.

In the past, the DNR offered free admission to Minnesota state
parks and recreation areas on the first Sunday in June. The
decision to switch to the second Saturday in June was based on the
DNR’s desire to support the broader effort to promote National Get
Outdoors Day.

In addition to getting free admission to parks and programs,
families can pick up copies of the Parks Guide and an 80-page
spring/summer Programs & Special Events catalog when they
arrive on June 12.

For the past 10 years, Minnesota’s Touchstone Energy
Cooperatives have made the Guide possible with their generous
financial support. The Programs & Special Events catalog lists
more than 300 things to do between now and Labor Day. It also
features an overview of what’s new in 2010 at Minnesota state parks
and recreation areas, such as the loaner fishing equipment that can
now be checked out for free at more than 30 parks and the Kids
Discovery Kits (including activities, stories, and tips to help
ensure that a child’s early outdoor experiences will be fun and
memorable) that can be checked out for free at 20 parks.

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