Three park-oriented events will converge as Get Outdoors Day on June 9
Even in the Pacific Northwest, known for its rivers, mountains, forests and of course the Pacific Ocean, most residents still find themselves indoors a large part of every week. National Get Outdoors Day seeks to change that and develop an awareness of the businesses and organizations in each region that encourage an active, outdoor lifestyle.
Vancouver is host to the metro region’s festival, to be held on June 9 at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s visitor center. Last year, it was held at the Water Resources Education Center, and this year it is a joint effort of the City of Vancouver, Clark County, the National Park Service, Parks Foundation of Clark County, REI, the U.S. Forest Service and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation. At press time, additional event supporters/sponsors included Portland Parks and Recreation, Waste Connections, Team Construction, Discover Your Northwest and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
This year, three events will be blended into one full day under the banner of Get Outdoors Day, which will include Northwest National Park Family Day and Brigade Encampment. Everything will be free of charge and open to the public.
Organizers for Get Outdoors Day expect thousands of people that Saturday, as well as a list of participants that will make any kid smile, including Smokey Bear, Ranger Rick and Oregon Caves. Bad Monkey Bikes, and food vendors Vancouver Pizza Company and Ice Cream Renaissance will represent Vancouver, along with Portland’s outdoor gear retailer Next Adventure. REI will offer the grand prize for the day’s contest.
Robin Rose, recreation program manager for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and the Forest Service Regional Office received a small “Service First” grant. It is “seed money to help our new GO Day partnerships grow, get established and succeed,” said Rose. “However, more importantly, it’s a small portion of what it will take to pull off this event. What is really more exciting to me is that all of the partners and participants are coming to the event at their own expense, donating their time, supplies, freebie giveaways, and sometimes prizes to the event, because they all have a common interest in the main goals of the event – connecting with people of all ages and experience levels to the great outdoors and encouraging healthy, active, outdoor lifestyles.”
National Get Outdoors Day 2012:
Your Gateway to the Great Outdoors
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
1501 Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver