Day-long event aimed at getting families into the away from the TV and into the great outdoors
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Kids on the Colorado West Slope will have a chance to catch some extra-large trout this Saturday (April 30) at the fourth annual Outdoor Heritage Day, part of the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s efforts to get youngsters away from their TVs and video games and into the great outdoors.
Events are on tap all day at Riverbend Park in Palisade, including fishing, archery, rock climbing, shooting, nature hikes and a hunting simulator. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own fishing rod, or kids can participate in education activities to earn a free pole. The park lake will be freshly stocked with plenty of catchable trout, including extra large brood stock.
“We encourage families to put the TV remote and game console down every now and then and enjoy the great outdoor activates we have here in Colorado,” said District Wildlife Manager and event founder Frank McGee. “We have great sponsors for the event that are happy to show families the best way to do that.”
Representatives for local, state and federal government land management agencies as well as various non-profit organizations and local businesses will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. The event is free and lunch will be provided.
This year participants are also encouraged to spend the night camping out under the stars. The Boy Scouts of America will have a campsite set up on the west end of the park, and will have put on a campfire program and cook dinner for campers. Space is limited, and campers must check in with the Boy Scouts. Bring your own tent or stay in one of the wall tents provided by the Colorado Mule Deer Association.
In celebration of Outdoor Heritage Day the Forest Service is offering the opportunity for families to share their experiences and findings while recreating on the national forest and win an overnight stay in a historic Forest Service cabin.
Families with children under the age of 18 are encouraged to participate in at least 2 activities on the Grand Mesa National Forest and write a short summary for each of their experiences stating what they did, what they learned and other interesting tidbits. Photos of the experiences are also encouraged to accompany the summaries (preferably in digital format). For each activity completed, a sticker can be obtained from the Grand Mesa Visitor Center. Click here for more info …
Outdoor Heritage Day is a collaborative effort of numerous local, state, and federal government agencies and non-profit groups. Although each group has a different mission statement and different responsibilities, every group is committed to securing our common future by educating youth about Colorado’s outdoor heritage.
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