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Get Out There, It’s National GO Day

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The great outdoors is calling, go outside and play!

National Get Outdoors Day (GO 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.

Experience free outdoor activities and family fun at the annual National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 8th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 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, soccer, disc golf, and more. A historic fur trader encampment will re-enact life at Fort Vancouver during the 1840s.

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. The Brigade Encampment will take place on the Great Meadow, just north of East Fifth Street and across from Pearson Air Museum (1115 East 5th Street). For more information please contact the park Visitor Center by calling 360-816-6230.

As part of Get Outdoors Day, the Friends of Fort Vancouver will host two separate lectures at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (1501 E Evergreen Boulevard). From 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Native American artist Lillian Pitt will share stories of the Columbia River People with children from “Salmon and Coyote Tell my Family Stories.” Then, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Volcanologist and author Kevin Scott will present “The Voice of This Stone: Learning from Volcanic Disasters Around the World.”

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