National Get Outdoors Day Round Up – 2017

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National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 10th this year. You can find an extensive list of events at the National site, however many of their listings seem outdated this year, so we recommend calling to verify. We have verified the dates below for you.

National Get Outdoors Day

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Twin Cities – Get Outdoors Day Events
Powderhorn Park: 3400 15th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55407
Time: 11 a.m- 3 p.m.

You don’t have to leave town to Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day; Powderhorn Park is the Minneapolis location. Riding your bike or busing to the event is encouraged. Otherwise please park on a side street. Bring your family to try rock climbing, canoeing, archery, mountain biking, and fishing. There will also be music and concessions.


North Mississippi Regional Park will be celebrating with nature-based activities. (New summer building hours start this day; Saturday building hours are 10 am to 4 pm).


Get Outside Fest 2017: Girard Walkway at Calhoun Square, Minneapolis
Time: 11 a.m- 6 p.m.

The Get Outside Fest is a celebration of adventure by bringing what we love about the outdoors to the streets of Uptown. Learn from outdoor experts, hang with new friends, and put your adventure skills to the test during this jam-packed event.


Family Campout at Base Camp: 201 Bloomington Road, Fort Snelling, MN 55111
Time3 p.m. Saturday to 12 p.m. Sunday

Pre-Registration is required for this event and it costs $15/participant over age 5. Activities  includes a guided 2-mile hike (your equipment will be shuttled), camp setup, dinner cookout, campfire with s’mores, games, night hike, and stargazing before turning in for the night. Food is included in the price. Bring your own equipment if possible, but some equipment will be available.


Cleanup Thompson County Park on Land and on Water!: 360 Butler Avenue East, West St. Paul, MN 55118

Time: 9:30 a.m. – Noon

Clean up Thompson County Park in West St. Paul to prepare for the following day’s Take-a-Kid Fishing event. Volunteers will help clean the park on land and by water. The park will provide all equipment needed. All ages. Dress to work.


The Three Rivers Parks are not offering anything specific to National Get Outdoors Day, however, as always, they have family friendly outdoor activities planned.


National Get Outdoors Day is a free admission day at Minnesota State Parks (I was not able to find a link citation for 2017, but I did call and verify this information). 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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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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