Cradle of Forestry to Host Free Outdoor Activities on National Get Outdoors Day

The Cradle of Forestry in America will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, June 13, 2015, with outdoor skills demonstrations, activities and crafts. Admission to the site and all activities are free.

The USDA Forest Service is a National Get Outdoors Day partner. The campaign encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, connect with nature, and embrace their public lands. The Forest Service has an ongoing commitment to engage children with nature through various programs in support of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Outside campaign.

In this spirit, a variety of activities on June 13 will showcase outdoor adventure sports, traditional sportsmanship, and camp and trail skills in the Cradle of Forestry’s scenic setting. Activities include:

  • Archery with the NC Bowhunters Association
  • Still-water paddling with canoes and kayaks taught by Headwaters Outfitters
  • Interactive camping displays
  • Demonstration of Leave-No-Trace principles
  • Guided trail walks
  • Tree identification

For details and updates on the day’s activities call the Cradle of Forestry at 828-877-3130 or visit www.cradleofforestry.org. The Cradle of Forestry is located outside Brevard, NC on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Forest Service has also collaborated with the Ad Council to develop a national campaign of television, radio, printed and outdoor public service announcements to re-connect families with nature. Visit www.discovertheforest.org.

More than 80 Forest Service locations across the country will provide free recreational and educational activities as part of National Get Outdoors Day.

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