Organizations, agencies join to promote getting outdoors

Organizations, the recreation industry and government agencies want people to get out and enjoy the outdoors. To promote that, they will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day June 13.

The event got started in 2008, when the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition “agreed to lead an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people would be inspired and motivated to get outdoors,” according to a news release.

Among the prime goals for the event are reaching underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting youth to the outdoors, according to the release.

Last year, there were about 170 official Get Outdoors Day sites across the nation to introduce people to the joy and benefits of the outdoors. Last year’s events included a youth camp out on the front lawn of the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. There were 24 youth who took part to raise awareness about outdoor recreation and Washington parks.

Among the events taking place in Washington will be Camtown Youth Festival in Camas, a Twin Peaks trail-building work party and fishing day at Bonaparte Lake in Tonasket.

There also will be free outdoor activities and family fun at the seventh annual National Get Outdoors Day in Vancouver, Washington. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1115 E. Fifth St.

This year’s event will also commemorate the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens with a volcano building demonstration. Other activities will include climbing, archery, fishing and a historic fur trader encampment.

Get details about other National Get Outdoors Day events at nationalgetoutdoorsday.org .