In an effort to connect more people to nature and outdoor recreation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Parks have announced Outdoors Day all across the state on Saturday, June 9.

These events are for all ages and ability levels to try out a lot of different recreational activities. You can try canoeing, hiking, fishing, archery, nature photography, bird watching, camping and more. While the activities are free, there may still be the nominal entrance fee for some parks and locations.

In the Hudson Valley, you can bring your family and friends to the Stony Kill Environmental Education Center or to the New York State Parks found here, Bear Mountain State Park, Sterling Forest State Park, Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Sam's Point Area.

Some of the activities available at New York State Parks include disc golf, mountain bike tours, kayak lessons, and more. The hope for this day is that more and more families will get outside and have some fun as studies show that American kids spend less than thirty minutes playing outside per day.

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