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Colorado gets people outdoors

The Forest Service joined the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies for an Outdoor Line 9 call bank June 2. The event was organized to talk to the public about getting outdoors this summer and to promote tomorrow's National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day.

The call bank was hosted at the 9 News Station in Denver, and those watching the news were prompted to call in and speak to representatives about where to go this summer in Colorado. Roughly 50 people called during the broadcast.

Agency employees were also interviewed by local newscasters and shared information about the importance of trail safety, as well as general safety guidelines for getting out this summer.

The Forest Service is one of the sponsors for GO Day events taking place in Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver. People who wish to participate in events will find plenty of activities offered. Free activities for all ages and abilities include wall-climbing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. People can learn how to hand-pedal bike and adaptively fish, climb or paddle. They can also discover healthy and active lifestyle choices that can be used after the event. Creatively inclined individuals can take part in an expressive arts “camp” to create, draw, paint and sculpt. There’s something for everyone, and the Forest Service looks forward to helping members of the community learn about the opportunities to get outside in their own backyards.

Photo: Two girls on the water in a canoe.
It takes teamwork to reach your destination when paddling a canoe. Two girls try it out during Colorado's 2016 GO Day events. Forest Service photo.
Photo: Man in wheelchair teaches a young boy how to hand-pedal a bike designed for people with disabilities.
There are new things to try for all ages, skills and abilities. Several activities introduce people with disabilities to possibilities for exploring the great outdoors. Here, a boy learns to hand-pedal a bike as part of Colorado's 2016 GO Day events. Forest Service photo.