(BEDFORD) - Get Outdoors Day is coming to Murray park on Saturday June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be plenty of outdoor activities for children to participate in including, games, crafts, archery, prizes, and demonstrations.
Teena Ligman, assistant public affairs officer for the Hoosier National Forest says the goal is to have children unplug from video games, computers and television.
Get Outdoors Day is a presidential initiative created by first lady Michelle Obama to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
A variety of local organizations, including the Hoosier National Forest and the Bedford Parks and Recreation Department, have teamed up to offer opportunities for southern Indiana families to experience both traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities.
During the event, there will be bird hikes, games that will teach kids about duck migration and bee pollination.
Kyle Knight will provide the two labradors to demonstrate working with dogs. Bedford Police Sgt. Mike Johnson, a world-renowned dog trainer will teach kids about training.
Children can learn to shoot a bow, learn about gun safety and play old-fashioned pioneer games.
Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts will be there to help with relay games and other activities.
Kids can also get involved in Project Noah. "Noah" is an acronym that stands for "networked organisms and habitats." The purpose of the project is to mobilize and inspire a new generation of nature lovers.
Ligman says kids take pictures of nature and then naturalist will help them identify the photos. The photos will be uploaded into a database with the child's name and then they can see their work on the Project Noah website.
The first 150 participants will receive a backpack filled with prizes including a magnifying glass to examine bugs with, a bandana with all of the local trails on it, a miniature gardening kit as well as bird seeds and a nature jar to collect leaves and different natural items from around the park.
Bedford City buses and Rural Transit are providing limited free transportation. The local buses will pick up from Hamilton Courts and the Boys & Girls Clubs. Rural Transit will make pickups at Persimmon Court Apartments, Mitchell Junior High and Oolitic Junior High. Transportation can be reserved by calling 812-275-5692.
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