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

Archery in the Park

Afton State Park

06/08/19

Archery in the Park

Afton State Park

06/08/19

Birding at Bear Head

Bear Head Lake State Park

06/08/19

Big Bog Discovery

Big Bog State Recreation Area

06/08/19

Pond Critters

Big Bog State Recreation Area

06/08/19

Campfire Cooking and Craft time

Big Stone Lake State Park

06/08/19

No Kid left inside Hike!

Buffalo River State Park

06/08/19

No Kid Left Inside!

Buffalo River State Park

06/08/19

Fly Fishing Workshop

Camden State Park

06/08/19

National Get Outdoors Day

Camden State Park

06/08/19

Outdoor Recreation Day

Father Hennepin State Park

06/08/19

Snakes of the Blufflands

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

06/08/19

You've Got That Sinking Feeling

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

06/08/19

Owls: Phantoms of the night

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park

06/08/19

Minnesota River Paddle - Cancelled

Fort Ridgely State Park

06/08/19

Bird and Bees, Flowers and Trees Walk

Fort Ridgely State Park

06/07/19 - 06/09/19

Company B Weekend Reinactment

Fort Ridgely State Park

06/08/19

Bird and Bees, Flowers and Trees Walk

Fort Ridgely State Park

06/08/19

Evening Concert: Ukulele by the Lake

Gooseberry Falls State Park

06/08/19

Fast Flyers: Peregrine Falcons

Gooseberry Falls State Park

06/08/19

Tour the Glacial Potholes

Interstate State Park

06/08/19

Early Bird Geocaching Challenge

Interstate State Park

06/08/19

Make and Take a Rock

Interstate State Park

06/08/19

Lizard Hide and Seek: Investigation Station

Interstate State Park

06/08/19

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

Itasca State Park

06/08/19

Loons, Campfire

Itasca State Park

06/08/19

River of Birds - Open House

Jay Cooke State Park

06/08/19

Archery in the Park

Lake Carlos State Park

06/08/19

Yoga at the Park

Lake Carlos State Park

06/08/19

Geocaching, Scavenger Hunts, and Exploration!

Lake Carlos State Park

06/08/19

Open House - National Get Outdoors Day

Lake Maria State Park

06/08/19

MN State Parks Open House Day: Nature Film Festival

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

06/08/19

Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo Presentations

Minneopa State Park

06/08/19

Insect Investigation

Savanna Portage State Park

06/08/19

Sibley's 100th Birthday Bash with Live Music

Sibley State Park

06/08/19

Voyageur Canoe Paddle on Lake Andrew: Birthday Bash! Program

Sibley State Park

06/08/19

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Birthday Bash Program

Sibley State Park

06/08/19

Siama Matuzungidi and Band in Concert

Sibley State Park

06/08/19

Family Activities

Sibley State Park

06/08/19

Voyageur Canoe Paddle on Lake Andrew: Birthday Bash! Program

Sibley State Park

06/08/19

S'more Conversation

Sibley State Park

06/08/19

Ukulele Picnic Concert

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

06/08/19

Archery in the Park

St. Croix State Park

06/08/19

Junior Nature Explorers - Bees

St. Croix State Park

06/08/19

Fishy Flyers

St. Croix State Park

06/08/19

Fish Printing

St. Croix State Park

06/08/19

Primitive Fire Starting

Tettegouche State Park

06/08/19

Live Falcons!

Tettegouche State Park

06/08/19

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

Whitewater State Park

06/08/19

Return of the Peregrine Falcons

Whitewater State Park

06/08/19

Annual Prairie Seed Sow

Wild River State Park

06/08/19

Audubon Bird Walk

Wild River State Park

06/08/19

Wild River Snakes

Wild River State Park

06/08/19

Woods & Wildflowers Walk

Wild River State Park

06/08/19

Mark Keating Concert

Wild River State Park

06/08/19

A Chat with Mr. William O'Brien

William O'Brien State Park

06/08/19

Geocaching 101: A High Tech Treasure Hunt

William O'Brien State Park