Colorado National Get Outdoors Day

National Get Outdoors Day was celebrated for the fifth year in Denver, offering a free community event that encourages kids and families to have fun outdoors. Studies show that in the last 20 years, the time kids spend outside has fallen by 50%, yet frequent outdoor activity helps them maintain a healthy weight, boosts immunity and lowers stress. Dozens of organizations, committed to helping people connect with nature and encourage healthy lifestyles, convened at Denver’s City Park to bring outdoor experiences to thousands of participants. As many as 10,000 people were expected to participate in 2012.

Participants on June 9th enjoyed fishing, becoming a Junior Forest Ranger, rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, outdoor cooking lessons, and so much more! People of all abilities enjoyed activities designed to diminish barriers for engaging with healthy, outdoor and active lifestyles. Food vendors offered healthy choices to fuel the bodies of active participants. All were welcome to join in this free event on Saturday, June 9th that started at 10am until 3:30pm in Denver’s City Park on the east side of Ferril Lake.