New York State is hosting free “Outdoors Day” events across the state on Saturday, June 9.
Outdoors Day events are planned for New Yorkers of all ages and abilities to try out a wide range of recreational activities.
New York’s Outdoors Day coincides with National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. At events across the state, Outdoors Day participants will be able to discover new skills and try out a range of introductory outdoor recreation activities such as fishing, paddling, hiking, biking, bird watching, archery, nature photography, camping, and more. Adaptive equipment and opportunities will be available at select locations.
DEC is hosting 11 Outdoors Day events across the state. These family-friendly, open-house type events will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Some programs and demonstrations are scheduled at specific times. Details, including schedules and registration requirements can be found here. Activities at DEC facilities include (not all activities at all locations).
Fishing: The I Fish NY program will be offering free catch-and-release fishing clinics for all ages. Learn about fishing equipment, techniques, regulations, consumption advisories, and good places to fish. Participants may bring their own gear but rods and reels will be available for loan.
Camping 101: Visitors can try their hand at camping basics by pitching a tent on the lawn and learning what and how to pack for a camping trip. When the day is complete, participants will be prepared for an outdoor adventure of their own.
Paddling: Learn the basics of this fun fast-growing sport and try getting out on the water.
Archery: Try your hand at getting a bullseye with a bow and arrow and learn important safety tips.
Birdwatching: Learn how easy and fun it is to enjoy birdwatching almost anywhere.
Hiking: Take a short hike and learn the basics of finding the perfect trails to get out on your own.
Outdoor safety: Learn the basics of being prepared and safe so all your outdoor adventures are good ones.
Long Island, Region 1: Schiff Boy Scout Camp (1606 Wading River Manor Wading River, NY 11792) in conjunction with Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest
NYC, Region 2: Mt. Loretto Unique Area
Lower Hudson Valley, Region 3: Stony Kill Environmental Education Center
Catskills, Region 3: Kenneth L. Wilson Campground
Catskills, Region 3: Catskill Interpretive Center
Capital District, Region 4: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Eastern Adirondacks, Region 5: Scaroon Manor Campground
Western Adirondacks, Region 6: Nick’s Lake Campground
Central NY, Region 7: Roger’s Environmental Education Center
Rochester/Western Finger Lakes, Region 8: In cooperation with Adirondack Mountain Club at the Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds Park
Western NY, Region 9: Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center
Most sites are wheelchair accessible. Contact the event coordinator directly with specific accommodation requirements. For more information click here.