College Forests' "Get Outdoors Day" draws big crowds.
OSU College Forests and Benton County Extension hosted more than 350 "kids" of all ages at their first annual National Get Outdoors Day event on June 8. They visited Peavy Arboretum to participate in Youth Free Fishing at Cronemiller Lake, have their pictures taken with Smokey Bear, learn about aquatic insects in Randal Pond, take a guided hike, watch the OSU Forestry Club demonstrate logging sports, and participate in the many engaging activities offered by local community organizations.
About National Get Outdoors Day...
The pilot effort of National Get Outdoors Day was launched on June 14, 2008 and has grown every year. Building on the success of More Kids in the Woods and other important efforts to connect people, especially youth, with nature and active lifestyles; the USDA Forest Service (FS) and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) led an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people would be inspired and motivated to get outdoors. Last year, over 138 official GO Day sites across the nation welcomed over 70,000 new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors.
List of Partnering Organizations:
Benton County Search and Rescue
Corvallis Audubon Society
City of Corvallis Parks & Recreation
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
Greenbelt Land Trust
Mary’s Peak Chapter Sierra Club
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Department of Forestry
Oregon Forest Resources Institute
OSU Benton County Extension
OSU College Forests
OSU Forestry Club
Siuslaw National Forest