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Forest Service hosts booths at GO Day event

MICHIGAN—Rain failed to dampen enthusiasm for Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9, at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village near Dearborn, Michigan. The event was the 10th National Get Outdoors Day event held at Greenfield Village.

Get Outdoors Day at Greenfield Village drew an estimated 2,000 people, and hundreds of those visitors checked out Go Day-related events at Forest Service information booths. Activities focused on connecting urban residents with outdoor opportunities through local, state and federal information booths, hiking at Oxbow Regional Park, a guided village tree walk, outdoor games and tours of the Ford Barn. The Northern Research Station’s booth included displays on emerald ash borer, scientist cards developed by the Natural Inquirer, and other hands-on educational tools.

The Eastern Region’s Urban Connections program and the Huron-Manistee National Forest have participated in many Go Day events at Greenfield Village. On Saturday, three branches of the USDA Forest Service were represented—by Lisa Perez and Kate Salm of the National Forest System, Eastern Region; Sharon Hobrla of the Northern Research Station; and Sheela Johnson of Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry.

Other agencies represented at the event included the National Park Service, River Raisin National Battlefield; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge; Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Outdoor Adventure Center and Explorer Guides; Michigan State University Extension; Wayne County and Detroit Zoological Society Belle Isle Nature Zoo.

Photo: Kids taking Junior Ranger oath.