National Get Outdoors Day at Blue Marsh Lake will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Berks County Parks & Recreation Department will offer a full day of outdoor activities from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area. More than 35 clubs and organizations will be on site to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day and Get Outdoors PA.
National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event that encourages healthy outdoor recreation. Get Outdoors PA is a year-round guide to outdoor recreation programs and sites around Pennsylvania.
By visiting the many displays and taking part in the presentations, people can learn about the many outdoor opportunities available at Blue Marsh Lake and throughout the region. The official welcome will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Lakeview Pavilion. Throughout the day, there will be interactive displays, presentations, workshops, and hands-on demos promoting a variety of outdoor activities.
Kids can try their luck at hooking a catfish in the fish pond or do a fun run with the Pagoda Pacers. There will be tours of the Control Tower and Sensory Trail garden, orienteering, geocaching, K-9 presentations, fly fishing, and much more. A newcomer to this year’s event is the Antique Outboard Motor Club. This group will be down by the water’s edge showing off some of their outboard engines. Berks Area Mountain Bike Association will lead a bike ride at 12 p.m. to the State Hill Boat Launch that will include a tour of the control tower.
In addition to exhibits and demonstrations on recreational opportunities, outdoor safety will be promoted by fire crews with help from Smokey Bear, and first responders will be available to discuss their duties. Park Rangers and Bobber the Water Safety Dog will be on hand to promote water safety when swimming or boating. Western Berks Ambulance and search and rescue units will have their equipment on site. And if you are a dog lover, the Berks County 4H Dog Training Club will be doing dog obedience demonstrations.
There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation in Berks County and beyond. Blue Marsh Lake’s Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 10 is the perfect day to learn about the many clubs and organizations who promote healthy outdoor activities year round. Participants can join in the Get Outdoors Day Scavenger Hunt by visiting each of the partner organizations throughout the event to be entered in prize drawings that occur throughout the day and a grand prize drawing at 3 p.m. (winner must be present to win).
This event is presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Blue Marsh Lake and Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. The Dry Brooks Day Use Area is located at 1364 Palisades Drive, Leesport, in Bern Township.