Local Celebration of National Get Outdoors Day Urges Families to Get Outside
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City of Fort Collins Recreation
Rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, fly fishing, backpacking, car camping, bird watching and hiking with a Master Naturalist are all adventures families can try at Get Outdoors (GO) Day on Saturday, June 11 from noon – 4:00 p.m. at Spring Canyon Park. It’s all free, for more information call 970-224-6032 or email
The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, in tandem with Natural Areas, is hosting the free event to highlight the variety and versatility of the open spaces in Fort Collins and the outdoor experiences available. The goal is to encourage participants, especially children, to spend more time outside discovering what nature has to offer.
Local businesses and organizations have joined in to support the goal of GO Day and will be on hand to provide instruction and equipment for featured outdoor activities.
Spring Canyon Park’s northwest pavilions will serve as “Base Camp” for GO Day with educational booths and hands-on activities sponsored by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Roosevelt National Forest Service and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Activities such as car camping with REI, Inc., a kite flying demonstration and fly fishing lessons by St. Peter’s Fly Shop will also be at Base Camp. Picnic facilities will be available at Base Camp too.
Noon- event kick-off
12:30 p.m.- Backcounty cooking demonstration by Fort Collins Recreation Department
1:00 p.m.- Building Fairy Homes: Creative Play in Nature with NoCo Nature Tribe
1:00 p.m. Larimer County Search and Rescue presentation.
1:30 p.m. Backcounty cooking demonstration by Fort Collins Recreation Department
2:00 p.m. Guided hike into Pineridge Natural Area with a Master Naturalist volunteer
2:30 p.m.- Backcounty cooking demonstration by Fort Collins Recreation Department
3:00 p.m. Rattlesnake biology & safety talk with a Master Naturalist
3:30 p.m.- Backcounty cooking demonstration by Fort Collins Recreation Department
Maxwell and Pineridge natural areas, adjacent to Spring Canyon Park, will host mountain biking demos provided by Lee’s Cyclery, guided hikes, and kayaking and canoeing in Dixon Reservoir with Mountain Whitewater Descents. Kite boarding, stand up paddling and basic backpacking will also be featured at Pineridge Natural Area’s Dixon Reservoir with The Mountain Shop. To try rock climbing, participants can hike up the Maxwell Trail to reach Rotary Park where Longacre Expeditions will be providing rock climbing and bouldering instruction.
The first National Get Outdoors Day was launched in 2008. Building on the success of More Kids in the Woods and other important efforts to connect Americans – and especially children – with nature and active lifestyles, the USDA Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition led an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people would be inspired and motivated to get outdoors. Last year, over 50 official GO Day sites across the nation from Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. to the Big Bear Discovery Center in the San Bernardino National Forest welcomed thousands of new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors.
GO Day is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 970-224-6032.
The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities. For accessibility assistance, call 970.224.6027 or email