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Release No. 0807

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U.S. Forest Service Encourages Kids to Get Outdoors
Sponsors National Get Outdoors Day to Attract Diverse Communities June 14

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2008—In an effort to reconnect kids with nature and attract new diverse communities to outdoor activities, the U.S. Forest Service has partnered with state, local and federal land management agencies to celebrate 'National Get Outdoors Day' on June 14. More than 45 locations nationwide are providing a variety of free recreational events designed to introduce children and new segments of the American public to the great outdoors while fostering a deeper appreciation for natural resources.

"We want every child in America to have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, whether it is in a remote mountain wilderness or a city park," said Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell. "More so now than at any other time in history, our children are experiencing a disconnection from nature. Our hope is to reverse that trend while instilling a curiosity about nature and a deeper appreciation of precious natural resources."

National Get Outdoors Day is co-sponsored by the Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition. The new annual event has been designated to better engage urban and multicultural youth in nature-based activities and to attract first time visitors to public lands.

A listing of all national site locations is attached. More information on National Get Outdoors Day and Kids in the Woods can be found at:
www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org and www.fs.fed.us/kidsclimatechange.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land and is the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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NATIONAL GET OUTDOORS DAY LOCATIONS - 2008

Alabama
Tuskegee National Forest
Tuskegee, AL

Alaska
Chugach National Forest
Portage Valley, AK

Arizona
Tonto National Forest
Mesa, AZ

Grand Canal Linear Park
Glendale, AZ

California
Angeles National Forest
Los Angeles, CA

Big Bear Discovery Center
Fawnskin, CA

Desert Discovery Center
Barstow, CA

Huntington Lake
Lakeshore, CA

Mountain High Resort
Wrightwood, CA

Colorado
Sloan's Lake Park
Denver, CO

Connecticut
Connecticut State Parks

District of Columbia
Anacostia Park
Washington, DC

Delaware
The Delaware State Fairgrounds
Harrington, DE

Georgia
Cator Woolfoord Gardens at the Frazier Center
Atlanta, GA

Idaho
Idaho Panhandle National Forests
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Illinois
National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam
East Alton, IL

Kansas
Cedar Bluff State Park
Ellis, KS

Clinton Lake
Lawrence, KS

Melvern Lake & Pomona Lake
Vassar, KS

Kentucky
Red River Gorge National Scenic Byway
Stanton, KY

Louisiana
Camp Te Ca Towazi
Bogalusa, LA

Maryland
Fort McHenry
Baltimore, MD

Michigan
The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI

Minnesota
Chippewa National Forest
Cass Lake, MN

Fort Snelling State Park
St. Paul, MN

Missouri
Columbia Bottom Conservation Area
St. Louis, MO

Wappapello Lake
Wappapello, MO

Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
West Alton, MO

Montana
Lewis and Clark National Forest
Great Falls, MT

Makoshika State Park
Glendive, MT

New Mexico
Cibola National Forest
Albuquerque, NM

Nevada
Callville Bay Marina
Lake Mead, NV

Washoe Lake State Park
Carson City, NV

New York
Seaway Trail Discovery Center
Sackets Harbor, NY

Black Pond Wildlife Management Area
Ellisburg, NY

Pennsylvania
Chapman State Park - adjacent to Allegheny National Forest
Warren County, PA

Keystone State Park
Derry, PA

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Elverson, PA

Nockamixon State Park
Quakertown, PA

Puerto Rico
El Yunque National Forest
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

South Dakota
Lake Oahe
Pierre, SD

Texas
Hazel Bazemore Park
Corpus Christi, TX

Utah
Historic John Jarvie Ranch
Browns Park, UT

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Snowbird, UT

Virginia
Boy Scouts of America Camp William Snyder
Haymarket, VA

Wyoming
Shoshone National Forest
Dubois, WY

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