Minnesota Offers Summer Outdoors Extra Program

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A new program series known as "Outdoors EXTRA!" will provide a lengthy list of things to see and do at Minnesota state parks, trails, and recreation areas this summer. More than 50 events, between June 6 and Sept. 5, will feature known entertainers, musicians, storytellers and outdoor skill-building experts.

"It is no exaggeration to say that everyone can find something enjoyable in this special program series," said Eric Pelto, interpretive naturalist and program coordinator. "We especially hope that people who haven't been to Minnesota state parks or trails before, or those who haven't visited in a while, will find new reasons to check them out."

In its pilot year, the new program is offering a wide variety of opportunities for all ages. Examples include:

  • * For adventure seekers - sea kayaking, fly fishing, or rock climbing.
  • * For animal lovers - the chance to see live elk, eagles, owls, and reptiles.
  • * For creative types - live music under the open sky, or workshops on nature photography and poetry.
  • * For history buffs - dramatic stories about the legends of Minnesota and much more.

All of the events are free, but a vehicle permit is necessary to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Permits ($5 for one day or $25 for year-round) can be purchased at the parks. There is no charge to use Minnesota state trails.

More information about Outdoors EXTRA! and other special events and programs at Minnesota state parks and trails is available by contacting the DNR Information Center, info.dnr@state.mn.us, 651-296-6157 (Twin Cities) or 888-646-6367 (toll-free).