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Rep. Hubert Collins

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Breaks Park will host special programs throughout the day on Saturday, June 8, as part of National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), the fifth annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities for families to experience outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

This GO Day event will offer a mix of programs throughout the day including a guided hike at 10 a.m.; a time warp historical program at 11:30; fishing the old-time way at 1 p.m.; primitive fire starting at 2:30; and a camping competition at 4 p.m. For more detailed program information, contact Park Naturalist Jayd Raines at jraines@breakspark.com.

The pilot effort of National Get Outdoors Day was launched on June 14, 2008 and has grown every year. Building on the success of More Kids in the Woods and other important efforts to connect Americans B and especially children B with nature and active lifestyles, the USDA Forest Service (FS) and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) led an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people would be inspired and motivated to get outdoors. Last year, over 138 official GO Day sites across the nation welcomed over 70,000 new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors.

GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Working with the FS, 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 GO Day concept was first tested at the Outdoor Recreation Village at Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona, which drew over 100,000 visitors.

Breaks Interstate Park is located on the Kentucky - Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres and is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. For more information about the park, please visitwww.BreaksPark.com.

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