On Saturday, June 9th, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial celebrated National Get Outdoors Day by hosting an event entitled "Get Outdoors Under the Gateway Arch." The goal of the event was promote outdoor activities, healthy lifestyles and healthy food. This was accomplished by hosting morning fitness classes, providing orientation to outdoor activities, and health awareness information. Over 6,300 people attended the event.
The day started with a morning fitness boot camp class hosted by the St. Louis Sports Commission and USA Gymnastics, in conjunction with the VISA Championships occurring in the city. The event was the third in a series of morning fitness classes and it was emceed by Olympic gymnast John Macready. Additional classes throughout the day provided an orientation to yoga, Pilates, tai chi and bicycling.
Information and activity booths lined the walkway under the Gateway Arch providing activities to orient children to fishing, bicycle safety and climbing as well as organizations that provide these opportunities, such as the Girl Scouts. Information for adults included healthy lifestyles, healthy foods and gardening. One of the favorite exhibitors was the World Bird Sanctuary who brought a hawk, a falcon and two owls to help educate people about birds.