Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites the whole family to get outdoors at the National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 8, at City Park in Denver.

Activities begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. The agency will have a number of booths set up to hand out free fishing poles, provide boating safety information, and engage kids through the hands-on Junior Ranger Trail experience. Everyone is also invited to join Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers at the “Take a Family Fishing” activity area where kids and parents can try to catch a fish.

The Sixth Annual National Get Outdoors Day event and activities are free. Get Outdoors Colorado, a coalition that includes Colorado Parks and Wildlife, celebrates this national event designed to connect kids and families of all backgrounds and abilities to nature to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Get Outdoors Colorado is a project housed with the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Foundation.

“We’re very excited to join the wide variety of government, non-profit and for-profit organizations that work together to provide this fun, free day of outdoor adventure at City Park,” said Tabbi Kinion, the statewide education coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to join us and try out all of the great activities offered at the 2013 National Get Outdoors Day Event.”

The CPW stop along the Junior Ranger Trail features three different physical challenges that mirror wildlife behaviors. “Hunters of the Night” challenges kids to track “prey” while blindfolded using only their sense of hearing. Kids will jump over man-made barriers symbolizing fences and roads in the “Jumping Muleys” challenge, and in the “Busy Beavers Relay,” kids must run back and forth carrying pool noodles to a dam construction site.

This summer, the agency is emphasizing boater safety as a part of the “Summer of Safety” campaign. The boating safety booth is an excellent opportunity for current and prospective boaters to learn more about safety precautions, equipment and practices to ensure a summer of safe fun on the water.

To obtain more information about all the activities at the 2013 National Get Outdoors Day, please visit the event website: www.getoutdoorscolorado.org.

Residents of the northern Front Range can go to Boyd Lake State Park for another CPW-associated National Get Outdoors day event.  From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. celebrate with Jax Outdoor stores for a boat demo. Canoes, kayaks, lifejackets and paddles will be provided to try out. Meet on the Swim Beach for a day of fun!

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us

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