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Interagency Great Outdoors Event Held

Parashant National Monument

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The first annual Southern Utah “Get Outdoors Day” family expo to celebrate Get Outdoors Day and Great Outdoors Month was a success. 

Staff from Grand Canyon-Parashant NM, Pipe Spring NM and Lake Mead NRA, along with partners from various federal, state and local land management agencies and affiliated organizations, welcomed an estimated 750 people to the event on June 16th at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah.

Clark County Desert Conservation Program Spokestortoise Mojave Max joined agency mascots Seymour Antelope (BLM) and Smokey Bear (USFS) to welcome the children to a day of fun filled activities, including an interactive caving challenge, a dinosaur murder mystery exhibit, knot tying competition and rock climbing gear demos, desert tortoise protection and wildlife identification games, primitive camping tools and fire safety skills, and Kaibab Paiute youth cultural song performances. Regional recreational information was also provided, along with health and wellness information from the local hospital, while the regularly scheduled Saturday farmers market hosted numerous food vendors with plenty of healthy eating options.

"We were thrilled at the opportunity to get kids and families excited about doing healthy, fun activities outside on their public lands,” said Superintendent Rosie Pepito. “We also would like to thank all of our partners, some who travelled a fair distance to participate in what we hope will become an annual event for our local area."

National Get Outdoors Day, now in its fifth year, encourages Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities while enjoying the beauty of public lands such as national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Nationwide, hundreds of organizations and businesses will partner with Federal, state, and local agencies to provide fun and healthy events at sites throughout the country.

President Barack Obama proclaimed the month of June as Great Outdoors Month and encouraged all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors. Nearly every state governor, including Utah’s Gary Herbert and Arizona's Jan Brewer, proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month.


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