On Saturday, March 3rd, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the San Antonio River Authority hosted the fourth annual “Get Outdoors!” event at Mission San José.
Over 3,700 people attended the all-day outdoor fair and over 75 organizations hosted activity booths oriented to help families experience their outdoors. This year’s event was co-sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service courtesy of a grant from that agency.
Participating NPS units included Lake Meredith NRA/Alibates Flint Quarries NM, Amistad NRA, and Lyndon B Johnson NHP. Numerous Texas state parks and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also participated with several booths and activities. Several departments from the City of San Antonio were present, passing out free trees and advertising local parks and recreational opportunities. Several private organizations and business also participated with free activities and booths, including Whole Earth Provisions Company.
San Antonio Missions NHP and the San Antonio River Authority passed out over 1700 free Explorer backpacks to children. Each backpack contained items for kids to explore their outside world. Over 5,000 field guides were provided by Western National Parks Association, along with items such as pencils, rulers, bug boxes and magnifying lenses.
Booth participants and the public alike enjoyed the event and encouraged the park and the San Antonio River Authority to host the event again next year. Official sponsors of the 2012 “Get Outdoors!” fair were San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the park’s friends group Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions, the San Antonio River Authority, the City of San Antonio, Western National Parks Association, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.