National Get Outdoors day is an annual event to promote healthy and active outdoor fun all across the United States! This is it’s tenth year and it is still going strong. On June 3rd, the OSU Research Forest in Corvallis, Oregon held their GO day at the Peavy Arboretum. There were many fun activities for kids and their families to gain some camping, hiking and outdoor skills. This weekend was also Free fishing and boating days, a national celebration where people can fish in public waters without a permit. So OSU made it possible for kids to learn about fishing and actually catch some trout. There were booths where kids could make bracelets with various types of flowers on them and another where they were able to make their own trail mix and learn about healthy eating choices. One booth had materials to make a seed bomb, which is ball of clay with mix of herb and vegetable seeds rolled in them. Once they dry up, they can be thrown into their garden, dispersing the seeds and some nutrients. The Siuslaw National Forest had an information booth to introduce and welcome people to come visit our beautiful forests and coastal dunes. It was a great day because I got the opportunity to reach out to the Latinos who came to this event. A majority of the visitors that came to our tables were native Spanish-speaking and they weren’t engaged with us until I began speaking Spanish. It was wonderful to see how dramatic the contact changed when I could tell them about Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area in Spanish (even though I’m a little bit rusty). It was great to see everyone out exploring the gorgeous Peavy Arboretum and participate in all these activities.
“I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put together.” –John Burroughs