|Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013|
Public lands agencies and partners from across southern Utah, northern Arizona, and as far away as Nevada participated in the second annual National Get Outdoors Day in Ivins, Utah, on June 1st.
Pipe Spring National Monument, Zion National Park and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument represented the NPS and conducted a variety of fun learning activities for children and their families.
Parashant staff, led by Superintendent Rosie Pepito and agency mascots Smokey Bear, Seymour Antelope and Mohave Max, also promoted the Let’s Move Outside initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids with the debut of the “Public Lands Shake” group dance.
Twelve students and faculty members with Partners in the Parks, a national collegiate honors experiential learning program on a week-long visit to several Arizona Strip NPS units, participated remotely in the shake from up near Mount Trumbull. Check out the fun video clip at the “More Information” link below.
GO Day, officially celebrated on June 8th, 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.
The southern Utah event was held a week early to encourage visits to public lands during the June 8th fee free day.