For this Colorado family, summer vacation is just around the corner, and we intend to spend as much as possible of it outside — whether that’s camping with our pop-up, taking local hikes, swimming, kayaking or biking in our beloved Colorado mountains. Even though Colorado is repeatedly named one of the healthiest in the nation, I know that many parents in the state may not have the resources or time to introduce their kids to outdoor adventures.
That’s why I’m thrilled to help spread the word about National Get Outdoors Day taking place in Denver, at City Park, on Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A coalition of public land management agencies, outdoor recreation and education groups have banded together to provide a ton of free activities and hands-on education to visiting families and local residents on this one day.
Kids will have the chance to actually ski (in the summer!), fish, canoe, rock climb and mountain bike — all for free — during this event. Then there’s a low-ropes obstacle course, Jr. Ranger camp, 5k or 10k walk, plus Native American dancing and geocaching. While the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition are co-sponsors the event, more than 80 entities — such as Vail Resorts, REI, Girl Scouts of Colorado and Leave No Trace — are involved in pulling this great day together.
If you’re in Denver with your family on June 13, I hope you’ll check it out! Otherwise, there will be more than 50 events happening simultaneously throughout the country, from Alabama to Wyoming — see if there’s one near you at the official National Get Outdoors Day site.