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State parks offer free admission

Along with other parks across the country, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging families to answer the call of the wild and participate in National Get Outdoors Day by offering a variety of free activities statewide on Saturday, June 12.

The DNR will also waive the requirement for a $5 vehicle permit and provide free admission at all 73 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas that day. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors to state parks, state trails, fishing piers, and other public lands. In particular, it aims to reconnect youth - whose participation in outdoor recreation has been declining - to the great outdoors.

Some Minnesota state parks are also offering free fishing clinics on Saturday in conjunction with Take-A-Kid Fishing weekend. For a list of activities at Minnesota state parks trails, and recreation areas, call the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367.

In the past, the DNR offered free admission to Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on the first Sunday in June. The decision to switch to the second Saturday in June was based on the DNR's desire to support the broader effort to promote National Get Outdoors Day.