“The country’s forests and grasslands beckon people from coast to coast to come hike, bike, fish and camp this weekend,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said. “A tank of gas can give you memories with family and friends that will last a lifetime. It’s worth the trip.”
“These special days are our way to encourage you to be a kid again, no matter your age or your level of outdoor experience,” said Joe Meade, director of the U.S. Forest Service’s Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources. “Public lands can help you de-stress from the office or build lifelong memories with your family.”
The pilot effort of National Get Outdoors Day was launched June 14, 2008, through a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition. The partnership built on the success of More Kids in the Woods and other efforts to connect Americans – especially children – with nature and active lifestyles. GO Day, as it sometimes called, now includes federal, state and local agencies, key organizations and recreation businesses to create activities across the country.
The U.S. Forest Service will offer additional fee-free days this year on Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day and Nov. 9-11 for Veterans Day.
Submitted by: U.S. Forest Service