Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Get Outdoors PA Partnership Connects Citizens With Outdoor Activities

More than 100 community partners and parks across Pennsylvania now participate in Get Outdoors PA—the program that offers organized, instructor-led activities to provide citizens with no-worry adventures like an after-work walk or hike; a Saturday morning bird watch; or an overnight family camping experience without the travel.
The program hit a milestone recently with the addition of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area in Northumberland County.
First established in state parks and now entering its second year since expanding into communities across Pennsylvania, Get Outdoors PA offers more than 1,200 events and program each year.
Not only do Get Outdoors PA events get people active outside, helping to keep them healthy, they also get them interested in their natural surroundings.
“As an avid hiker, I love the opportunity to find new trails, meet new people and learn more about our natural surroundings,” said Susan Braun, a Get Outdoors PA program participant. “I learn something new every time I attend one of ClearWater Conservancy’s Adventures in Conservation and I often take my friends out to the new places I’ve discovered through these events.”
A new report on the highlights of the program notes the partnership has grown significantly, now providing outdoor recreation opportunities in all regions of the state.
The Get Outdoors PA program is built around a portal website where users can search a variety of ways for what interests them: through a calendar; by geographic region; by activity interest; and by location.
Get Outdoors PA has successfully introduced tens of thousands of people to the joys of camping, paddling, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, snowshoeing, geocaching and more over the last decade.
A goal is to add community partners in hopes of building one of the largest databases of outdoor recreation events in the country.
A Partner Portal provides information and support on how to offer a variety of programs and includes sample lesson plans.
To try your hand at a new skill or gather friends to explore places you’ve never been, visit the Get Outdoors PA website.
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(Reprinted from the Dec. 16 DCNR Resource newsletter.  Click Here to sign up for your own copy (bottom of the page).)

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