The US Forest Service and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest ask everyone to join us outdoors to protect and celebrate America’s wondrous open-spaces. To share this passion for outdoor fun, Saturday, June 12, was a day of ideas, activity, information and fun.
“We are here at National Get Outdoors Day to promote awareness, activity and fun,” said David Hu Gifford Pinchot fisheries biologist. “Not just on the forest and river, but also in people’s own back yards.”
Over 800 people attended the event and with me and my buddies, Ranger Rick and Woodsy Owl. Visitors tried outdoor sports and activities first-hand like kayaking and archery. They got information on where they could take their families to get outdoors all summer long.
Jeff Parrish with the Vancouver Water Resources center helped set up and run the day’s activities. As a past volunteer who now works for the center, he said, “It’s good for the community to see all the vendors and learn things they can do to get outside.” He added that this activity is a great way to meet people and open opportunities to get away from, “the things that kids do to get into trouble,” and to, “help society in the process.”
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership was on-hand to provide information and canoe rides. Laura O’Keefe said, “We are here to help people get on the water and to promote awareness of pollution and toxins, but really we want to expose people to the needs of the river and educate them on what they can do to make it better for everyone.”
The high-water in the Columbia allowed kayaking and canoeing in the brush away from the main river current. Paddlers explored the riverside environ in front of the celebration at the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center.
Other activities and attractions included the Family Fun Hike, horse-back riding, hurling, lacrosse, rowing, bicycling, hiking outdoor cooking and Dutch oven demonstrations, volcano painting, conservation activities, live birds-of-prey, information, gifts, prizes, music and much more.
The Forest Service filled two tents with information on the Gifford Pinchot, Mount St. Helens, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and fire prevention.
Recreation Program Manager Robin Rose Said, “Thanks to our partners, the City of Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department, and Washington Department of Natural Resources, and the 32 other local businesses, clubs, non-profit organizations and government agencies that teamed up with us, Vancouver's second Get Outdoors Day was a huge success!”
For more information on what you can do in your national forests, visit the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Website at http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/.
2010 GO DAY PARTNERS, PARTICIPANTS AND SUPPORTERS
City of Vancouver
Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
USDA Forest Service (Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest)
Participants and Supporters
Alder Creek Kayak and Canoes
Bad Monkey Bike, Skate and Board
City of Vancouver Urban Forestry
City of Vancouver Water Wagon
Clark Public Utilities Stream Team
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Columbia Hurling Club
Columbia River Orienteering Club
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Friends of Trees and their big tree mascot “Garry Oak”
Further Home Gardening
Gifford Pinchot NF Urban Youth Program
Greg Call—Dutch Oven Chef
Hoodoo Recreation, Inc.
Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership
Master Composter and Recycler
Portland Parks and Recreation Department
Washington State Parks
Vancouver Lake Rowing Club
Main Street Trader
National Wildlife Federation
The Seacats Band
Son Rise Ranch Jr. Backcountry Horsemen
Subaru Leave No Trace Travelling Trainers
University of Oregon Lacrosse Team
Vancouver Watershed Council
Washington Department of Ecology
Washington Trails Association
Prizes and Give-Aways Donated by
City of Vancouver
Main Street Trader
The Ad Council