2014-06-07 / Outdoors

A little help ‘getting outdoors’

Never kayaked before, but itching to give it a try?

Been hearing a lot about geocaching but have no idea what it means?

These and many other activities are being offered across the state in public spaces, such as state and community parks, through the Get Outdoors PA program.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently signed on as a flagship partner for the Get Outdoors PA initiative. The Game Commission will provide information and guidance on outdoor recreational opportunities including hunting, shooting and wildlife watching.

If the thought of venturing into the outdoors or a new activity alone gives you pause, don’t worry. Get Outdoors PA events are designed as group experiences. Recreation activities include hiking, walking, biking, wildlifewatching, target shooting, rock climbing, geocaching, orienteering, fishing, paddling, backpacking, camping, hunting, wilderness survival, crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing. Experienced trip leaders teach skills and take you to the best-kept secrets of our parks, forests and open spaces. Many times the equipment is included in the learning experience, so find an event, and discover places you’ve never been to on Pennsylvania’s scenic lands and waters.

Log onto the Get Outdoors PA website – www.getoutdoorspa.org – to search among hundreds of events taking place all year. Narrow your search to local surroundings, or explore the possibilities throughout the state.

The Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Health, Recreation and Park Society and Land Trust Association are among the Game Commission’s partners in this initiative.

Get Outdoors PA can increase Pennsylvanians’ knowledge and appreciation of the opportunities that make the Keystone State an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

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