June 8: Free State Parks Admission

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day this Saturday by exploring one of Minnesota's 76 state parks and recreation areas. All parks will be free that day, and many will have special events and activities.

You can rendezvous with voyageurs at Wild River, get a close-up look out the universe at Soudan, learn new outdoor skills at Whitewater, try your hand at archery at Lac Qui Parle, and take a walk on the floodplain at Fort Snelling.

Play, Clean, Go logo"Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks"

The new "Play Clean Go" campaign to help outdoors users prevent the spread of invasive species is also a big part of the June 8th events.

Join volunteers and park staff at one six parks around Minnesota to learn how you can help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect our beautiful Minnesota natural resources. 

Visit one of the following parks between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday:

  • Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls
  • Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors
  • Whitewater State Park in Altura
  • Itasca State Park in Park Rapids
  • Lake Carlos State Park in Carlos

More details about Get Outdoors Day is available on the DNR website.


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