Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with the Forest Service!

Woodsy Owl and Smokey BearExperience free outdoor activities and family fun at the annual National Get Outdoors Day every second Saturday in June from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver.

Kids and families can enjoy climbing a rock wall, learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, catching a fish from a pond, bicycling, disc golf, and more.  Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl, Oregon State Parks Jr. Beaver and their friends will be on hand to greet visitors. A historic fur trader encampment will re-enact life at Fort Vancouver during the 1840s.

National Get Outdoors Day is a national free event that encourages local residents, especially youth, to pursue healthy, active outdoor lifestyles by embracing our parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other public lands and waters. The Gifford Pinchot and Mt. Hood National Forests, Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, City of Vancouver, Parks Foundation of Clark County and many other public, private, and non-profits groups are partnering together to present this local event. 

At Get Outdoors Day, visitors can also explore the annual Brigade Encampment, which re-enacts the return of Hudson's Bay Company fur brigades to Fort Vancouver.  Costumed re-enactors will demonstrate cooking, crafts, games, dances, and music of the 1840s.  Hands-on activities and black powder demonstrations of replica 1840s weaponry will also take place.


Groups and activities in 2018 included:

  • Archery World
  • Audubon Society
  • Bonneville Lock & Dam
  • City of Vancouver
  • Vancouver Parks & Rec
  • Vancouver Urban Forestry
  • Water Resource Ed. Center
  • Columbia Springs
  • C-Tran
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Friends of Trees
  • Hike it Baby
  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest
  • Master Gardeners
  • Wild Food Adventures
  • Girl Scouts of OR & SW WA
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Mount St. Helens Institute
  • Mt. Hood National Forest
  • Pacific Crest Trail Association
  • Quick Start Sports
  • Great Old Broads for Wilderness
  • Silver Star Search & Rescue
  • Timber Lake Jobs Corps
  • SW WA Anglers
  • Tinkergarten
  • WA Trails Association
  • USFWS National Wildlife Refuges
  • US Forest Service Fire
  • WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
  • Columbia River Gorge Nat'l Scenic Area
  • Master Composters
  • Vancouver West Soccer Club
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • OMSI
  • Mazamas
  • Master Recyclers
  • Fishing
  • Legacy Health
  • Urban Abundance/ Slow Food Movement
  • Waste Connections
  • Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys


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