National Get Outdoors Day Round Up – 2020

National Get Outdoors Day is June 13, 2020. Started in 2008, this day is intended to inspire and motivate Americans to get outside for a “healthy, fun day of outdoor adventure”. While the original website has since been taken down, the day itself has taken off. Parks across the nation continue to celebrate each year.

It is possible you may need to take National Get Outdoors Day into your own hands this year. We have come up with 65+ Fun Nature Play Ideas for Kids, many of which families can incorporate into their daily lives and backyards.

Twin Cities – Get Outdoors Day Events

We already have a few parks announcing events. The rest usually start getting announced in April, with some trickling in in the last weeks of May. We’ll continue to add the 2020 dates as we get them. Expect a full list the week before memorial day. In the meantime, the 2019 events have been happening for a few years and will likely happen again in 2020.

Powderhorn Park: Minneapolis
Time: Cancelled
 
Events will go forward rain or shine (but apparently a virus can stop them). 

Last year, Powderhorn celebrated on the eve of Get Outdoors Day for an evening of outdoor fun. The Minnesota DNR, REI, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service were among the other organizations providing free outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, canoeing, archery, fishing, camp games and more! Music and concessions filled out the evening.


North Mississippi Regional Park: Minneapolis
Time: Cancelled.

Events will go forward rain or shine. All Minneapolis Park event have been cancelled for the summer of 2020.


Maplewood Parks – Treasure Hunt

Time: 7am-Until the Golden Boot is Found.

FREE National Get Outdoors Day Treasure Hunt! Find the golden hiking boot in a Maplewood park and win! Follow Maplewood Parks on Facebook and Twitter starting at 7am. Find the boot and claim your prize by calling 651.249.2125.


Get Outdoors Day Events Across the State

National Get Outdoors Day is a free admission day at Minnesota State Park again in 2020. In fact, the DNR has a goal to fill their campsites on June 13th (although they are not offering free camping). However, many parks offer free activities — including free Kid’s Discovery Kits and loaner fishing equipment, GPS units and birding kits to borrow for a day of exploration.

My daughter and her friend recently took advantage of the loaner fishing equipment. We recommend bringing your own live bait. The kids didn’t have any the first day, but brought some the second day. It made all the difference in their success.

Find activities at the State Park of your choice with this State Park Event Finder tool.

2019 Events


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