News Release GO Day 2014

GO DAY BRINGS ACTIVE OUTDOORS FUN TO CITY KIDS, FAMILIES

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Washington, D.C. (June 10, 2014) - America’s Great Outdoors is inviting your visit on June 14th at nearly 200 sites across the country. National Great Outdoors Day (GO Day) is a time when hundreds of organizations team up to introduce youth and people who don’t usually partake in outdoor recreation to America’s great outdoors. GO Day offers activities for every age and skill level, ranging from traditional activities like campouts, hiking, and fishing, to newer recreation activities like urban farming.

National Sponsor OFF!® is proud to help support presentations by park rangers, youth organizations, guides and more at top GO Day events. OFF!® shares the belief of GO Day founding organizations Forest Service and American Recreation Coalition that our legacy of national parks and forests, refuges and other special places deserve to be enjoyed by all Americans and will help make GO Day become a special invitation to those who need help putting outdoors fun into their lives! OFF!® has provided trusted products and effective protection to families and individuals for more than 50 years and will help thousands find fun outdoors at GO Day events across the nation through sponsored events and by offering long-lasting protection from mosquitoes, including those that may carry the West Nile Virus.

GO Day is part of Great Outdoors Month, which also includes activities like National Fishing and Boating Week; American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®; National Marina Day, (June 14th); National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout (June 28th) and more. See information on Great Outdoors Month events at www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org.

Great Outdoors Month is proclaimed each year by the President and every governor, many of whom specifically mention GO Day as an opportunity to take advantage of outdoor recreation and its many health benefits. America’s youth spend far more time indoors watching electronic screens than being active outdoors. Leading physicians are increasingly touting active fun outdoors as the very best remedy for the decline in physical activity and the economic and health costs lessened activity brings.

Signature GO Day events include the largest of the day’s gatherings, Get Outdoors Day Colorado, which will take place in Denver’s City Park and is expected to welcome some 15,000 participants. This in-the-city celebration offers opportunities to enjoy climbing, fishing, kayaking, biking and much more, all for free, and learn about places to continue this fun at federal, state, county and local recreation sites in the state. The Denver organizers have created a wonderful on-line resource for year-round information: www.getoutdoorscolorado.org

Another signature event is the first ever Get Outdoors Day Georgia, taking place in Sweetwater Creek State Park outside Atlanta. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will join a group of youths for a Capital Campout to help introduce urban kids to the outdoors.

Other signature event locations include The Henry Ford at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan; Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri; Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, WA.

To help find a GO Day event near you, visit the National Get Outdoors Day website at www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.