National Get Outdoors Day Round Up – 2018

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National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 9th this year. You can find an extensive list of events at the National site, however listings are slow to trickle in each year, so we recommend checking last year’s listings and calling to ask if they are having an event this year. We have verified the dates below for you.

National Get Outdoors Day

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Twin Cities – Get Outdoors Day Events

Powderhorn Park: Minneapolis
Time: Friday evening (June 8th) 4pm-8pm.

This year, for some reason, Powderhorn is celebrating on the eve of Get Outdoors Day for an evening of outdoor fun. Events will go forward rain or shine. The Minnesota DNR, REI, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service are among the other outdoor organizations providing free outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, canoeing, archery, fishing, camp games and more! Music and concessions will also be available.

Richardson Nature Center: Bloomington
Time: 2pm-3:30pm.

Proving that getting outdoors doesn’t need to be a huge event, drop into Richardson Nature Center to build forts with a naturalist and make tree faces. Then look for animal clues on a self-guided hike. 

Get Outdoors Day Events Across the State

National Get Outdoors Day is traditionally a free admission day at Minnesota State Park. Many of them are offering 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. They 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.


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