National Get Outdoors Day

Family in a field.

FREE Admission to all Minnesota State Parks
Saturday, June 8, 2019

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.

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.

School's Out - Camp Out Challenge

DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen is issuing a statewide challenge to all school-aged kids and their families: Start summer break off right by spending the first weekend out of school under the stars with your friends and family. Hike the trails, splash in the water, and sit around a campfire making s’mores with your loved ones. The goal is to fill every campsite in Minnesota State Parks on June 8.

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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06/08/19

Afton State Park

Archery in the Park

06/08/19

Afton State Park

Archery in the Park

06/08/19

Bear Head Lake State Park

Birding at Bear Head

06/08/19

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Big Bog Discovery

06/08/19

Big Bog State Recreation Area

Pond Critters

06/08/19

Big Stone Lake State Park

Campfire Cooking and Craft time

06/08/19

Buffalo River State Park

No Kid left inside Hike!

06/08/19

Buffalo River State Park

No Kid Left Inside!

06/08/19

Camden State Park

Fly Fishing Workshop

06/08/19

Camden State Park

National Get Outdoors Day

06/08/19

Father Hennepin State Park

Outdoor Recreation Day

06/08/19

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

Snakes of the Blufflands

06/08/19

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

You've Got That Sinking Feeling

06/08/19

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

Owls: Phantoms of the night

06/08/19

Fort Ridgely State Park

Minnesota River Paddle - Cancelled

06/08/19

Fort Ridgely State Park

Bird and Bees, Flowers and Trees Walk

06/07/19 - 06/09/19

Fort Ridgely State Park

Company B Weekend Reinactment

06/08/19

Fort Ridgely State Park

Bird and Bees, Flowers and Trees Walk

06/08/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Evening Concert: Ukulele by the Lake

06/08/19

Gooseberry Falls State Park

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons

06/08/19

Interstate State Park

Tour the Glacial Potholes

06/08/19

Interstate State Park

Early Bird Geocaching Challenge

06/08/19

Interstate State Park

Make and Take a Rock

06/08/19

Interstate State Park

Lizard Hide and Seek: Investigation Station

06/08/19

Itasca State Park

Historic Sawmill/Pioneer Village Tour: Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers

06/08/19

Itasca State Park

Loons, Campfire

06/08/19

Jay Cooke State Park

River of Birds - Open House

06/08/19

Lake Carlos State Park

Archery in the Park

06/08/19

Lake Carlos State Park

Yoga at the Park

06/08/19

Lake Carlos State Park

Geocaching, Scavenger Hunts, and Exploration!

06/08/19

Lake Maria State Park

Open House - National Get Outdoors Day

06/08/19

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

MN State Parks Open House Day: Nature Film Festival

06/08/19

Minneopa State Park

Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo Presentations

06/08/19

Savanna Portage State Park

Insect Investigation

06/08/19

Sibley State Park

Sibley's 100th Birthday Bash with Live Music

06/08/19

Sibley State Park

Voyageur Canoe Paddle on Lake Andrew: Birthday Bash! Program

06/08/19

Sibley State Park

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Birthday Bash Program

06/08/19

Sibley State Park

Siama Matuzungidi and Band in Concert

06/08/19

Sibley State Park

Family Activities

06/08/19

Sibley State Park

Voyageur Canoe Paddle on Lake Andrew: Birthday Bash! Program

06/08/19

Sibley State Park

S'more Conversation

06/08/19

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Ukulele Picnic Concert

06/08/19

St. Croix State Park

Archery in the Park

06/08/19

St. Croix State Park

Junior Nature Explorers - Bees

06/08/19

St. Croix State Park

Fishy Flyers

06/08/19

St. Croix State Park

Fish Printing

06/08/19

Tettegouche State Park

Primitive Fire Starting

06/08/19

Tettegouche State Park

Live Falcons!

06/08/19

Whitewater State Park

Whitewater State Park Centennial Event - Family Outdoor Fair & National Get Outdoors Day

06/08/19

Whitewater State Park

Return of the Peregrine Falcons

06/08/19

Wild River State Park

Annual Prairie Seed Sow

06/08/19

Wild River State Park

Audubon Bird Walk

06/08/19

Wild River State Park

Wild River Snakes

06/08/19

Wild River State Park

Woods & Wildflowers Walk

06/08/19

Wild River State Park

Mark Keating Concert

06/08/19

William O'Brien State Park

A Chat with Mr. William O'Brien

06/08/19

William O'Brien State Park

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