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Get Outdoors and Get Together Day

  • Dates: June 8, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Get Outdoors & Get Together Day events will be held at select locations across New York on Saturday, June 8. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks), in partnership with the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the NYS Department of Veterans’ Services, are hosting free and low-cost events to connect people to nature and provide increased access to the outdoors. Get Outdoors & Get Together Day will bring people of all abilities, ages, identities, and backgrounds together for fun, healthful activities as part of the state's initiative to broaden the diversity of users and ensure inclusivity of access to state public lands.

    At events across the state, participants will be encouraged to discover new skills and enjoy a range of introductory-level outdoor recreation activities such as fishing, nature walks and hikes, birding, archery, camping, paddling, and more. Each event will highlight ways to enjoy the outdoors safely and sustainably. All locations will offer a selection of accessible activities, and use of adaptive equipment and demonstrations will be provided at many sites, including trail and beach mobility aids, archery assist stands, arm supports for fishing, and more.

    New York's Get Outdoors & Get Together Day coincides with National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, New Yorkers turned to the outdoors and public lands for a nature break, which is good for physical and mental health. Get Outdoors & Get Together Day events support New Yorkers of all ability levels in trying healthy outdoor activities.

    DEC Event Locations

    Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (Albany County)
    North-South Lake Campground (Greene County)
    Kenneth L. Wilson Campground (Ulster County)
    Catskills Visitor Center (Ulster County)
    Hempstead Lake State Park (Nassau County)
    Mount Loretto Unique Area (Richmond County)
    Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center (Dutchess County)
    Norrie Point Environmental Education Center (Dutchess County)
    Ausable Point Campground (Clinton County)
    Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area (Lewis County)
    Mendon Ponds Park In conjunction with the ADK Outdoor Expo (Monroe County)
    Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center (Erie County)

    All locations offer wheelchair-accessible features and activities, including restrooms and select recreation opportunities. Please get in touch with the event coordinator directly with accommodation requests and to find out about the adaptive equipment and activities offered at each site.

    Activities at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center include the following:

    Inflatable Archery: Participants can try hitting an inflatable bullseye with a bow and arrow and learn important safety tips.

    Birding: Participants can learn how easy and fun it is to enjoy birdwatching almost anywhere.

    Hiking: Participants can take a short hike and learn the basics of finding the perfect trails on their own.

    Outdoor safety: Learn the basics of being prepared and safe, so all outdoor adventures are good ones.

    Accessible outdoor recreation: Learn about accessible outdoor recreation opportunities on State lands, including hiking, camping, birding, fishing, and boating.

    All DEC events are free. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic lunches. Details, including schedules, will soon be available on DEC's website. Note that event times vary.

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