National Get Outdoors Day

FREE Admission to all Minnesota State Parks
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Child with binoculars

Answer the call of the wild on Saturday, June 8, to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day!

Minnesota's 76 state parks and recreation areas are all offering free admission this day, and many of them have planned special activities to introduce you to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities. Scroll down to find an event.

Free Fishing and Other Free Stuff

Wet a line while you're out for the day! Thanks to a new law that went into effect in 2009, Minnesotans don't need a license to fish at most Minnesota state parks. You can even borrow free loaner fishing kits at many state parks, along with loaner birding kits, GPS kits and Kids' Discovery Kits.
Find out where the free kits are.


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Stop invasive species in your tracks! Join PlayCeanGo on the trails June 8 at Fort Snelling, Gooseberry Falls, Interstate, Itasca, Lake Carlos, or Whitewater state parks and learn how you can help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect our beautiful Minnesota natural resources. Find a PlayCleanGo event in the calendar below, or learn more here.

Come Explore!

Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outdoors, you'll make memories that will last a lifetime, and you can use your new skills for the rest of the summer.

There's a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans, so take advantage of the opportunity to get out there and explore one!


Events

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05/24/13 - 09/01/13

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Mid-Morning Nature Cart

05/24/13 - 09/01/13

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Afternoon Nature Cart

05/25/13 - 09/02/13

Interstate State Park

Pothole Exploration Tours

05/25/13 - 08/31/13

Glacial Lakes State Park

Story Time

06/01/13 - 09/07/13

Central Lakes State Trail

Come Ride With Me!

06/06/13 - 08/29/13

Buffalo River State Park

Prairie Preschool

06/08/13

Buffalo River State Park

Turn Nocturnal

06/08/13

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

I Can Fish!

06/08/13

Wild River State Park

28th Annual Seegwan & Open House Featuring Le Compagnie Encampment and Archery in the Park

06/08/13

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Archery in the Park

06/08/13

Lake Vermilion State Park

Canoeing 101: A Beginner's Guide to Canoeing

06/08/13

Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Night Sky of the Northwoods

06/08/13

Great River Bluffs State Park

EAB Spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E

06/08/13

Whitewater State Park

Family Outdoor Fair

06/08/13

Whitewater State Park

14th Annual Take A Kid Trout Fishing Day

06/08/13

Lake Bronson State Park

National Get Outdoors Day Open House

06/08/13

Glacial Lakes State Park

National Get Outdoors Day

06/08/13

Lake Carlos State Park

National Get Outdoors Day

06/08/13

Jay Cooke State Park

Outdoor Adventures Day

06/08/13

Lake Maria State Park

Open House - 50th Anniversary Kick-Off

06/08/13

Lac Qui Parle State Park

Archery in the Park

06/08/13

Lac Qui Parle State Park

National Get Outdoors Day

06/08/13

Zippel Bay State Park

Digital Photography

06/08/13

Red River State Recreation Area

National Get Outdoors Day Open House

06/08/13

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head Lake

06/08/13

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Amazing Get Outdoors Day Challenge

06/08/13

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Outdoor Kids & Family Day at Kathio

06/08/13

Minneopa State Park

Open House & Bridge Dedication

06/08/13

Gateway Trail

Two Wheel Tour on the Gateway Trail

06/08/13

Big Bog State Park

Bog Flowers on the Boardwalk

06/08/13

William O'Brien State Park

Fly Fishing Workshop

06/08/13

Lake Bemidji State Park

Butterflies: On the Hunt

06/08/13

Minneopa State Park

Minneopa Creek Watershed Tour

06/08/13

Minneopa State Park

What Lives in the Creek

06/08/13

Fort Snelling State Park

PlayCleanGo Day

06/08/13 - 06/09/13

Wild River State Park

I Can Camp - Beginner Camping Workshop

06/08/13

Itasca State Park

Itasca's Music Under the Pines: Park Rapids Community Band

06/08/13

Interstate State Park

Junior Naturalists: Make and Take Mini Binoculars

06/08/13

Interstate State Park

Special In-Depth Geology Tour

06/08/13

Interstate State Park

PlayCleanGo Day

06/08/13

Glacial Lakes State Park

Astronomy and Stargazing

06/08/13

Gooseberry Falls State Park

PlayCleanGo Day

06/08/13

Whitewater State Park

PlayCleanGo Day

06/08/13

Itasca State Park

PlayCleanGo Day

06/08/13

Lake Carlos State Park

PlayCleanGo Day

06/08/13

Gooseberry Falls State Park

National Get Outdoors Day: Beach Bocce Ball

06/08/13

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Short Talk

06/08/13

Gooseberry Falls State Park

National Get Outdoors Day: Waterfall Hike

06/08/13

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Hooowwwl!!! The Wood Wolves of Minnesota!

06/08/13

Fort Snelling State Park

Go-N-Seine

06/08/13

Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, MN

Come out and play at Powderhorn Park

06/08/13

Lake Vermilion State Park

Science Saturdays --Fun with our Feathered Friends

06/08/13

Interstate State Park

Legends of a Lumber Baron: Evening Program

06/08/13

Fort Snelling State Park

Floodplain Walk

06/08/13

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

A River Runs Through It

06/08/13

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Beaver Dam Hike

06/08/13

Whitewater State Park

Night Hike

06/08/13

Temperance River State Park

Go with the Lava Flow: River Gorge Walk

06/08/13

Sibley State Park

WET AND WILD BUGS

06/08/13

Sibley State Park

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR KIDS

06/08/13

Interstate State Park

Convincing Camouflage: Sidewalk Stop

06/08/13

Sakatah Lake State Park

Open House Day

06/08/13

St. Croix State Park

Canoe Cruise

06/08/13

St. Croix State Park

Raptor Report

06/08/13

Camden State Park

Get Outdoors Day - Open House

06/08/13

Afton State Park

Geocaching 101

06/08/13

Gateway Trail

Two Wheel Tour on the Gateway Trail

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