You don't have to go too far to appreciate the great outdoors, and there's a celebration of Mother Nature called "National Get Outdoors" Day that's happening both locally and across the country this weekend. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Every nice day is a great day to be outside, but this Saturday, June 8, just might be the best day to get a jump on your summer activities.
"National Get Outdoors" Day is an annual free event held by the U.S. Forest Service, encouraging Americans to connect with nature and embrace public lands.
"It's a long-running type of program intended just to get people out, kind of get an active lifestyle, be able to enjoy so many of these trails and opportunities and learn to appreciate what's around us in the National Forest," says Jeff Owenby, director of Cradle of Forestry in America.
One of the signature sites participating is the Cradle of Forestry in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest, the birthplace of forest conservation in America.
"We have a lot of action activities like archery and rock climbing, fly fishing, camping, mountain biking," Owenby says. "All these type of demonstrations will be occurring this Saturday, and we're just hoping to get a lot of young people outside and in touch with their forest."
Although it is a gorgeous way to spend National Outdoors Day, you don't have to be in North Carolina to enjoy it. U.S. Forest Service lands include 155 national forests and 20 national grasslands.
"There are places all over the United States that are participating," Owenby says. "Not only national forests or national parks, but a lot of other locations are just trying to get people outdoors, and get them active and outside."
Participating sites closer to home in New York include the Taconic Outdoor Recreation Center in Cold Spring and The Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Center. In New Jersey, head for the Morristown National Historic Park or Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus.
For more information, visit www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.