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May 31, 2013

Pennsylvania State Parks Celebrating ‘Great Outdoors Month’ Activities

HARRISBURG — State parks across Pennsylvania will be hosting special events and activities during June as part of the nationwide observance of “Great Outdoors Month.’’

“This celebration gives us a chance to showcase our vast natural resources available to the people of Pennsylvania all across our state,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan said.

Gov. Tom Corbett again gave the effort strong momentum when he joined other governors, a consortium of federal agencies and nonprofit organizations, as well as the recreation industry, in proclaiming June 2013 as “Great Outdoors Month.’’

“These upcoming special days are geared to first-time visitors to our parks,” Allan said. “DCNR encourages everyone to visit their area state parks and state forestlands and see what they have been missing.”

The month-long observance underscores work of the American Recreation Coalition, an extensive network of outdoors-oriented, governmental agencies, conservation groups, and related businesses.

“Great Outdoors Month is a significant opportunity to help reconnect our children to nature,” Corbett’s proclamation said. “Outdoor recreation is vital to the economy of the commonwealth, and the health and well-being of its residents.”

Kayaking, museum exhibits, hiking and biking, and special tips for first-time campers are just a few of the Great Outdoors activities planned at state parks in special weekend programs.

For event details, or to find nearby park programs, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar (Select Get Outdoors PA); or www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.

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