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DEC Outdoors Day

DEC to Host ‘Outdoors Day’ Celebration at Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area
Free Family-Friendly Activities on June 12
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Region 6 will host ‘Outdoors Day’ on June 12, at the Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area at 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free family-friendly activities include fishing, archery, camping demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt.
There will also be an opportunity to sign-up for a nearby hike scheduled for the weekend of June 19, 2021.This year’s Outdoors Day event will incorporate current COVID-19 guidelines, including mask and social distancing requirements, as appropriate.
Equipment will be provided for archery and fishing.
Attendees may also bring their own fishing poles and equipment for personal use.DEC is hosting the Lowville celebration and other events at sites across the State at no cost to attendees as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Adventure NY Initiative to connect people to nature and provide increased access to the outdoors so that New Yorkers of all ages and abilities can experience a wide range of hands-on recreational activities.
Details, including schedules and registration requirements, can be found on DEC’s website.

Participation is limited and registration is required for most events and not all activities are available at all locations.

To improve public safety and encourage visitors to State-owned and managed lands to practice responsible recreation, DEC recently launched the ‘Love Our New York Lands’ campaign.

The campaign is responsive to the steady increase in the number of visitors to state lands, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the decade prior, as more and more New Yorkers and visitors from other states and countries discovered the natural beauty of New York State lands, particularly the Adirondack and Catskill parks.
The campaign bolsters ongoing State- and partner-led efforts to educate the public about how to responsibly enjoy outdoor recreation on public lands without negatively impacting natural resources.
The campaign will implement a variety of multi-media and in-person strategies to promote Leave No Traceā„¢ principles, hiker preparedness and safety, sustainable use, and responsible trip planning, as well as reinforce the role of DEC professionals who protect public lands and manage public access, including DEC Foresters, Natural Resource Planners, Forest Rangers, Assistant Forest Rangers, and natural resource stewards. For details and more information, visit the Love Our New York Lands webpage.