Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day June 11

Now you have no excuse for not getting outside with your brood. In fact, on June 11, organizations around the country are making it easier than ever, as thousands of recreation partners gear up to host the fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) on Saturday, June 11, at over 100 sites across the nation…

GO Day partners in rural communities and major metropolitan areas – including signature sites in Denver, Vancouver, Mesa (Arizona), San Bernardino (California), Apple Valley (Minnesota), Salt Lake City, Milwaukee, and Washington, D.C. – will introduce thousands of families to fun, healthy outdoor activities, making it easier than ever to get outside with the rugrats.

Planned events include rock wall climbing, mountain biking, disc golf, fishing derbies, boating, geocaching, introductions to cultural resources and sustainable-living villages, and more. Participants will be able to build upon their positive introductory outdoor experiences with local EChO-events held at nearby outdoor recreation sites throughout the summer.

“We hope that non-traditional users of public lands will be inspired by this day of fun activities to make a commitment to spend more time in the great outdoors,” says Julia Mitchell of the American Recreation Coalition.

She adds that of special note is the introduction of the first-ever GO Day Troubadour, Joe Reilly. Reilly has been making folk music to introduce children to the great outdoors for over a decade, and he has been featured on National Public Radio’s environmental program Living on Earth. His albums for children include “Children of the Earth” and “Let’s Go Outside.” The title song “Let’s Go Outside” has been selected as the official GO Day song for 2011 and will be played across the country on June 11. You can listen to “Let’s Go Outside” at www.joereilly.org.

Find an event near you at www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org!

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