National Get Outdoors Day

Family in a field.

FREE Admission to all Minnesota State Parks
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Minnesota's 75 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.

Minnesota State Parks Total Takeover

We're on a mission to fill every campsite in Minnesota state parks on National Get Outdoors Day (Saturday, June 11). Rally your family and friends, reserve your campsite, and come out and join us! Learn more.

Paddle the Minnesota River State Water Trail in a Day

Can a 318 mile river be paddled in a single day? If we all work together it can! We're asking as many paddlers as possible to paddle every navigable river mile of the Minnesota River State Water Trail on June 11, and we need your help! There are organized group paddles, or you can claim a segment of the river and paddle alone or with your own group. Learn more.

Free Fishing and Other Free Stuff

Wet a line while you're out for the day! 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.

Come Explore!

Child with binoculars

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 Calendar

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06/11/16

Afton State Park

National Get Outdoors Day - Archery in the Parks!

06/11/16

Afton State Park

Astronomy!

06/11/16

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/11/16

Big Bog State Park

National Get Outdoors Day - Bog Flowers on the Boardwalk

06/11/16

Big Stone Lake State Park

Whose nest is this? Bluebird nest boxes

06/11/16

Blue Mounds State Park

Minnesota State of Wonders

06/11/16

Buffalo River State Park

Grassland Giants

06/11/16

Father Hennepin State Park

Outdoor Recreation Day

06/11/16

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Simple Survival: Ferns of Forestville

06/11/16

Fort Ridgely State Park

Minnesota River Paddle

06/11/16

Fort Ridgely State Park

Bison!

06/11/16

Fort Snelling State Park

Women in the Parks: Birdwatching Basics

06/11/16

Fort Snelling State Park

National Get Outdoors Day: Picnic Gathering at Fort Snelling State Park

06/11/16

Frontenac State Park

Frontenac Family Fun Day

06/11/16

Glacial Lakes State Park

National Get Outdoors Day: Tours and Activities

06/11/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Falls View Hike

06/11/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons

06/11/16

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Signs of Bigfoot

06/11/16

Hayes Lake State Park

All about Moose

06/11/16

Interstate State Park

The Great Selfie Scavenger Hunt

06/11/16

Interstate State Park

Bird Watching for Kids (and their Adults)!

06/11/16

Interstate State Park

Pothole Exploration Tour

06/11/16

Itasca State Park

Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Tour

06/11/16

Itasca State Park

Dr. Roberts Trail Hike

06/11/16

Itasca State Park

Five Facts in Five Minutes: Hummingbirds

06/11/16

Itasca State Park

Junior Naturalist: Geocaching Challenge - CANCELLED

06/11/16

Itasca State Park

Pie-Iron Cooking, Campfire

06/11/16

Itasca State Park: Meet at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Showgrounds.

Itasca State Park Centennial Wagon Train Reunion

06/11/16

Jay Cooke State Park

Butterflies, Bees & Blooms Event

06/11/16

Jay Cooke State Park

Bugs & Blooms Flower Walk

06/11/16

Lac qui Parle State Park

Smores on the Shore

06/11/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Bird Walk (precedes screening of The Messenger at 8 pm)

06/11/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

The Messenger: Songbird SOS

06/11/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Trail Running

06/11/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Photo Scavenger Hunt

06/11/16

Lake Bemidji State Park

Limnology 101

06/11/16

Lake Bronson State Park

Birdwatching Basics

06/11/16

Lake Carlos State Park

Summer Sampler: Outdoor Explorations - National Get Outdoors Day

06/11/16

Lake Maria State Park

National Get Outdoors Day - Backpacking Basics

06/11/16

Lake Vermilion - Soudan Underground Mine State Park

Science Saturday: Bees

06/11/16

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

MN State Parks Open House Day: Nature Film Festival

06/11/16

Minneopa State Park

Minnesota Zoomobile Presentation - Cancelled

06/11/16

Minnesota River State Water Trail

Paddle the Minnesota River in a Day

06/11/16 - 06/12/16

Minnesota State Parks with lodging

Minnesota State Parks Total Takeover

06/11/16

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

State Park Collections

06/11/16

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park

Painting the Big Woods

06/11/16 - 06/12/16

Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park

I Can Camp!

06/11/16

Red River State Recreation Area

Geocache 101

06/11/16

Red River State Recreation Area

Park after dark:Astromony

06/11/16

Sibley State Park

Woodland Wildlife Trail Hike

06/11/16

Sibley State Park

Geocaching 101

06/11/16

Sibley State Park

Night Hike

06/11/16

St. Croix State Park

Ambassador Meet & Greet

06/11/16

St. Croix State Park

Guided Canoe Trip

06/11/16

St. Croix State Park

Trick or Tweet

06/11/16

St. Croix State Park

Take a kid fishing!

06/11/16

St. Croix State Park

Wildlife Ambassador Meet & Greet

06/11/16

Tettegouche State Park

Meet the Falcons!

06/11/16

Tettegouche State Park

Music in the Park - Gordon Thorne

06/11/16

Tettegouche State Park

Fishing Skills

06/11/16

Tettegouche State Park

Trees of the North Woods

06/11/16

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Smores 'n' More

06/11/16

Whitewater State Park

Summer Sampler: Family Outdoor Fair

06/11/16

Whitewater State Park

Archery in the Park

06/11/16

Whitewater State Park

Roadkill Cafe: Turkey Vultures

06/11/16

Whitewater State Park

Take a Kid Trout Fishing Day

06/11/16

Wild River State Park

Wild Edibles and More!

06/11/16

Wild River State Park

Annual Prairie Seed Sow

06/11/16

Wild River State Park

A Day at the Lumberjack Camp

06/11/16

William O'Brien State Park

125th Parks Anniversary Special Program: Snake Discovery!

06/11/16

Zippel Bay State Park

National Get Outdoors Day!

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