Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with an outdoor expo from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, on the Washington State Capitol Campus.
The event includes a special appearance by Gov. Jay Inslee, and a campout at the Governor’s Mansion for youth from two South Sound organizations.
The Get Outdoors Adventure Awaits Expo is one of five events being offered at state capitols around the nation, in conjunction with the American Recreation Coalition’s Great Outdoors Month.
The Expo takes place near the steps of the Legislative Building.
The public is invited to enjoy a wide range of activities, including hikes, outdoor equipment demonstrations, lawn games and live music.
The Expo also will feature educational displays offered by natural resource agencies, outdoor organizations and companies that produce outdoor recreation products and services. The Legislative Building will be open for tours during the event.
“One reason Washington is such a remarkable place to live is because of its remarkable beauty,” Inslee said. “National Great Outdoors Month and Get Outdoors Day provide a great opportunity for all of us to experience the beautiful parks and outdoor places that make our state so unique.
“This Expo is the perfect place to find ideas for family trips and adventures close to home.”
The Governor will close the expo at 3:30 p.m. with special remarks about his passion for parks and the outdoors, then will accompany the young campers to the lawns at the Governor’s Mansion for the Great Outdoors Capital Campout.
Expo participants include:
• Recreation organizations: Washington Wildlife Recreation Coalition, Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Bikes, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Shellfish and Water Protection, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Sea Grant and Explore Hood Canal, Skagit Tours, the Washington State Geocaching Association and Washington Water Trails Association
• Agencies: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Recreation Conservation Office, U.S. Forest Service Olympic Forest and State Parks’ Discover Pass, Volunteer and Boating Safety programs
• Outdoor gear companies: Sports Authority, Centro and Oakiwear
• Event sponsors: S.C. Johnson/OFF! ®, Coleman and Subway
• Youth organizations: Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County, South Sound YMCA, Girl Scouts of Western Washington and the Hands On Children’s Museum of Olympia
• Food and music: All Fed Up, an area food concession that serves organic sandwiches and burritos using organic ingredients. Music by Servants of the Rich, a regional group that performs Irish and American folk music; Eclectic Soul Project; and the Tumwater Middle School Jazz Band.
For event information, visit the Washington State Parks Foundation website at www.wspf.org.