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Sturbridge to host a National Get Outdoors event

The Sturbridge Trail Committee, in partnership with the Friends of Sturbridge Trails (FrOST) and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) will host an Official National Get Outdoors Day event on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 9 am to 3 pm on the Leadmine Mt Conservation Lands as part of National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), this eleventh annual event is to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. This family focused day will offer opportunities for families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Primary goals of the day are for reaching first-time visitors to our open space public lands and in reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. This GO Day event will be held at 10 OSV Access Rd. and is free to the public. This GO Day event will offer a mix of information, active fun- help build a trail! Tour the recent dam removal project and learn about Leave No Trace environmental activities where participants, and especially kids, can learn how to minimize your impact on the environment. Activities will be offered in the morning and repeated in the afternoon to give everyone an opportunity to participate.  Event will be held rain or shine!

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 Americans and especially children 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 171 official GO Day sites across the nation welcomed over 48,000 new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors. GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters.

The June 9th morning Get Outdoors day events are:

9 to 11:30 am:  Trail Building 101 – Join members of the SCA build a section of the Sand Hill trail.  Bring your work gloves and a water bottle, all tools provided.

9:30 to 10:30: Leave no Trace Hike – Join members of the SCA on a family friendly hike of about ½ mile, exploring the principles of leave no trace and environmental ethics in a friendly “kid” way.  Bring your water bottle and bug spray.

10:30 – 11:30 Hamant Brook Restoration – Dam Removal Hike – Join members of the Sturbridge Trail Comm and explore the dam removal project. Learn about the environmental benefits of the project.

The June 9th afternoon Get Outdoors day events are:

12:30 to 2:30:  Trail Building 101 – Join members of the SCA build a section of the Sand Hill trail.  Bring your work gloves and a water bottle, all tools provided.

1:00 to 2:00 Leave no Trace Hike – Join members of the SCA on a family friendly hike of about ½ mile, exploring the principles of leave no trace and environmental ethics in a friendly “kid” way.  Bring your water bottle and bug spray.

1:30 – 2:30 Hamant Brook Restoration – Dam Removal Hike – Join members of the Sturbridge Trail Comm and explore the dam removal project. Learn about the environmental benefits of the project.

All participants will be given their very own “Trek Sturbridge” water bottle.  Members of FrOST will be on hand with trail maps and information on all the open space properties thru the event. 

Come join us on this National Get Outdoors Day event! 
More information will be posted on the Sturbridge Trails website: www.sturbridgetrails.org