Outside Connection: The outdoors awaits at annual Heritage Day

A taste of outdoor adventure awaits you Saturday at the seventh annual Outdoor Heritage Day from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Riverbend Park in Palisade.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife partners with more than 40 local agencies, businesses and organizations for this free event highlighting the outdoor activities available in the Grand Valley and across Colorado.

It’s all about encouraging families to get off the couch and have fun outside, said District Wildlife Manager Frank McGee of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“Last year, we had over 2,600 people come out to the park,” McGee said. “I think it shows that there is an interest in outdoor activities and that families are looking for alternatives to movies and video games for their kids.”

Kids can learn about boating safety, fishing, hunting, wildlife management and bow and firearms safety at the archery range or at the supervised, .22-rifle shooting trailer.

The park’s ponds will be stocked with trout and you can bring your own rod or get one free after attending a short fishing clinic.

Other activities include fly tying, gold panning, learning about the environment and even a free lunch.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Outdoor Heritage Days

WHEN: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Riverbend Park, Palisade.

HOW: It’s free. Check out the Outdoor Heritage Days on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Outdoor-Heritage-Day/262073185165.


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