The all-day event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and it features outdoor fun and adventure for the entire family.
More than 30 different activities are available, including biking, boating, kayaking, climbing, archery, shooting, fishing and fly fishing.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocks Prospect Lake before the event to give young anglers a great opportunity to catch trout. Best of all, the first 1,000 kids who show up at the CPW Fishing Booth will receive a free fishing rod. Bait and tackle are also provided to all participants.
CPW staff and volunteers are on hand to help guide kids safely through the various activities. Additionally, a variety of vendors and conservation organizations are on-site to offer product demonstrations and to provide interactive games and presentations.
Last year, I had the opportunity to film “Get Outdoors Day.” In my 10-year career with CPW, I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event where I saw so many smiling faces. There’s nothing better than capturing a child’s excitement as they experience some of these outdoor activities for the first time.
If you live in the Colorado Springs area, or simply want to make the easy drive from Denver or Pueblo, I highly recommend attending this extraordinary event. It’s the perfect opportunity to try out nearly every type of outdoor activity — all without paying access fees or buying equipment.
Know Before You Go:
Memorial Park is located at 1605 E. Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Admission is free for the entire family. Since the event takes place on Colorado’s annual “Free Fishing Weekend,” fishing licenses are not required. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. There are a variety of food vendors on-site that offer lunch and other snacks. For more information, please visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
These videos offer an overview of what you can expect at this year’s event:
Last Year’s Promo Video:
Blog post, photos and video by Jerry Neal. Neal is a videographer and information specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.