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National Get Outdoors Day

Want an excuse to have an outdoor adventure? Well, to be honest, you really don’t need an excuse—if anything, you probably need a reason not to get out there instead! Whether you’re looking for a reason or an excuse, though, it is now here in the form of National Get Outdoors Day.

Saturday, June 11 is this year’s National Get Outdoors Day, and you can partake in some amazing outdoor adventures at a local state or national park. Here are just some of specific events that you can enjoy with your loved ones!

People outdoors.

It’s time to explore the great outdoors! [Image: http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/]

Upper Kern Cleanup, California

The Sequoia Recreation, which is a division of the California Land Management within the U.S. Forest Service, meets every year on the second weekend of June (this year, they’ll be meeting on June 11) to join together and clean the Upper Kern area. The Kern River is a valuable resource as a clean and safe waterway, and volunteers work relentlessly each year to ensure that its remains as such.

Learn more information here.

Get Outdoors Family Fishing Picnic, Pennsylvania

Bring your whole family out for a relaxing fishing trip on Sunday, June 12 at the Tussey Mountain Pond. They’ll provide the tackle for anyone who wants to join in on this idyllic Sunday afternoon. So bring your rods and see what you can hook!

Learn more information here.

Kid in a log.

Peek-a-boo! [Image: http://www.getoutdoorscolorado.org/]

Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride, Illinois

If you’re searching for an end of spring bike-venture, then look no further than Loop Lake Shelbyville ride! There are three options for cyclists of all levels: a short 22-mile ride, a medium length 46-miles, and a longer 65-mile trek. So whether this is your first time around the lake, so to speak, or you’re a seasoned bike tourer, this is a great way to get outside and enjoy yourself!

Learn more information here.

Family biking.

Nothing like a family bike ride! [Image: https://totalwomenscycling.com/]

Get Outdoors Adventure Awaits Expo, Washington

Looking to try a new outdoor activity? Then look no further than the National Get Outdoors Day Outdoor Expo at Millersylvania State Park on June 11! It’s a fun day for the whole family, filled with prizes, demos, kid activities, and the chance to learn about (or even try!) a new outdoor activity. It’s the perfect place to be if you’re looking to fill your summer up with outdoor fun.

Learn more information here.

This is just a sample of all the many parks that will be holding events this weekend for National Get Outdoors Day. You can find more participating areas here. And before you go, don’t forget to make sure you download your state’s Pocket Ranger® mobile app so you can make the best of your adventure. Happy travels!

Illinois Residents May See $2 Increase in License Plate Costs

The new $101 fee would apply to motorcycles, pickup trucks, vans and cars, but not commercial or recreational vehicles. [Image: Plateshack.com]

The new $101 fee would apply to motorcycles, pickup trucks, vans and cars, but not commercial or recreational vehicles. [Image: Plateshack.com]

Illinoisans may soon see a hike in license plate costs.

The Illinois Senate approved a $2 license plate fee hike Wednesday, which would go to improve state parks, according to the LaSalle News Tribune.

The plan, which is said to potentially raise some $22 million extra dollars, would have to be signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. The News Tribune said State Rep. Frank Mautino spoke with the governor and confirmed she would indeed sign the bill.

“I see it as being a good, positive thing,” Mautino said.

It is being reported that $1 of each $2 fee would go toward repairing and rebuilding structures, roads, and buildings, while the rest would contribute to overall park operations.

One advantage Mautino said would come of the fee is a major local impact. He pointed out that state parks would be able to hire more employees and perform “everyday maintenance.” Mautino said the declining number of employees has had the greatest effect on the state’s parks.

“They’ve had a 10-year hiring freeze, and a third of the people have retired,” Mautino said. “They’ve had to use up all of their (cash) reserves.”

He said not only has the budget been cut in half, from $100 million to $45 million in 10 years, but also the agency’s staff has dropped from 2,600 employees in 2002 to under 1,200 presently.

If approved, the law would take effect Jan. 1.

The Tribune says the new $101 fee would apply to motorcycles, pickup trucks, vans and cars, but not commercial or recreational vehicles. [Chicago Tribune – LaSalle News Tribune]