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National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, June 11, 2011

Louisville Swamp
Louisville Swamp
Don Begalle

With warm temperatures and bright sunshine finally here, I suspect hitting the trail requires little incentive. Still, this Saturday (June 11, 2011) is National Get Outdoors Day and there are plenty of activities around the metro to entice you to head to a local park or trail.

Here are just a few of the local events:

All Minnesota State Parks are waiving their daily fee. Many will offer guided hikes or other programming. Check your favorite park for details.

The DNR is also stepping out of the woods and joining the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park for a day of geocaching, fishing, camping education and other fun programming.

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is offering a naturalist-led birdwatching hike bright and early (6 am) at Louisville Swamp in Jordan. Call 952-854-5900 for details. (Okay, this is not in the "official" list, but Louisville Swamp is always a great hike).

Three Rivers Parks will be offering a naturalist-led hike at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.

The cities of Maplewood and North St. Paul have combined forces to offer a full morning of family-friendly outdoor activities.

Of course there is no need to join the crowd. Hundreds of miles of trail and thousands of acres of metro parks await every adventurous soul so gather your gear, put on your insect repellent (I've had a tick or two on every metro hike this season), and Get Outdoors!

Check out more trails in your area:'s Trail Guide


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