Take the challenge! Pack up your kids, grab your gear, and get outdoors for the first ever DNR camp out challenge. In honor of National Get Outdoors Day (Saturday, June 8), 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: Fill Every Campsite in Minnesota State Parks on June 8!
Admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas (regularly $7 for a one-day vehicle permit) will be free on Saturday, June 8. Campsites are 100% reservable, so make sure to reserve yours before you go!
While you're out there, snap a photo of your "School's Out - Camp Out" adventure and share it with us on social media using #SchoolsOutCampOut and #OnlyinMN.
Need a suggestion of where to go?
There's a Minnesota state park or recreation area within about 30 miles of anyone in Minnesota. Use the Summer Activities Guide to help you with your trip-planning.
Want to find fun programs for the whole family to enjoy?
A number of state parks and recreation areas are offering free interpretive programs throughout the state. Visit our events calendar for more information.
Don’t have camping equipment or maybe you’re just not comfortable camping on your own?
We have two I Can Camp! programs available this weekend (St. Croix State Park and Wild River State Park) to help people that are interested in participating but don’t have the skills or equipment to camp on their own. Our overnight I Can Camp! program provides all the equipment and everything you need to know to become a camper. Hands-on instruction on setting up camp, starting a campfire, camp cooking and more will be provided at these programs. Register here and reserve your spot today.