National Get Outdoors Day is June 9 and Plumas National Forest Supervisor Earl Ford is extending an invitation for everyone to participate in some of the outstanding recreation opportunities in the national forest. “I encourage and invite our neighbors and community to get out and enjoy their public lands. Take some time and enjoy a healthy and active family outing by picnicking, hiking, fishing or camping, or consider participating in the volunteer trail workday.”
Other partners in the event will offer opportunities for families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting youth to the great outdoors.
The Plumas National Forest and partners will be sponsoring or supporting many events throughout the month of June in conjunction with the national celebration.
For more information about National Get Outdoors Day, visit nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.
Get Outdoors Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Working with the Forest Service, Get Outdoors USA! hosted six recreation forums in early 2007 and learned that public lands were missing the right triggers to capture the attention of today’s youth. The Get Outdoors Day concept was first tested at the Outdoor Recreation Village at Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., which drew over 100,000 visitors.
Celebrate Get Outdoors Day
Thursday, May 31, and Tuesday, June 5: Students from Plumas Unified School District elementary schools will participate in a Feather River Canyon Quest. The field trip is in partnership with PUSD/Plumas National Forest Storrie Fire Restoration Project. Pilot teachers and their classes will attend. A Quest is a treasure hunt to discover the hidden story of a place by folding in history, poetry, storytelling and riddles with a walking tour/hike.
Wednesday, June 6: Students from PUSD high schools will participate in a trails day in the Feather River Canyon. In partnership with PUSD/PNF Storrie Fire Restoration Project, pilot classes will hike four separate trails. Community partners include Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. For more information about PUSD class participation, contact Rob Wade, 283-6500, ext. 257, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 9: Join PNF Beckwourth Ranger District staff at the Lake Davis Recreation Area to showcase projects from the past couple of years. View improvements in the Grasshopper and Grizzly campgrounds, hike or bike the new Lake Davis Trail and learn about the timber work completed under the Wolf Ranch Timber Sale. Meet at the entrance to Grizzly Campground at 10 a.m. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring a lunch with water. For more information or for assistance with special needs, contact Pandora Valle, 836-7123, email@example.com.
Saturday, June 9: Explore and learn about the Ishi Wilderness with Beverly Ogle, sponsored by the Sierra Institute. For registration and more information, call the Sierra Institute, 284-1022.
Saturday, June 16: Go on a butterfly/botany walk with PNF Deputy Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree and natural resource specialist/botanist Courtney Rowe. Meet at Gansner Park in Quincy at 9:30 a.m. Bring water, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes. This program is child-friendly. For more information about the program or for assistance with any special needs, call 283-7810. For more information about pollinators, visit the websites pollinator.org or fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators. “Our future flies on the wings of pollinators!”
Saturday, June 16: Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship sponsors a volunteer trail workday at Lake Davis from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at the intersection of Grizzly and Lake Davis roads. Bring work gloves, water, work boots, layers, day pack and sunscreen. For more information, visit sierratrails.org.
Saturday, June 16: Taylorsville Pioneer Day begins at 9 a.m. and runs until dusk; horse and buggy rides available. The Indian Valley Volunteer Fire Department will host a biscuits and gravy breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. For more information, call 284-7622.
Saturday, June 23: Catch some fun at the 14th annual Lake Davis Fishing Derby sponsored by Portola Rotary Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. or pre-register. All proceeds benefit community projects and youth services. For more information, visit rotaryclubofportola.com.
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