COLORADO SPRINGS — Get Outdoors with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) for some weekend kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, archery, and more outdoor activities.
“This is a huge celebration of getting outdoors,” said Jessica Miller, Fountain Creek Nature Center Supervisor and vendor for the event. “This is the most beautiful day for it too. There are a ton of different organizations here that all represent spending time in the great outdoors.”
The event will take place in Memorial Park until 3 p.m. The first 800 kids will receive a free fishing pole from CPW. All activities will be free and available for participants.
“We are fortunate that we live in a place where countless outdoor opportunities are at our fingertips,” said Tim Kroening, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Area Wildlife Manager for the Pikes Peak region. “This event offers an opportunity for the whole family to learn about the many recreational activities available in the Pikes Peak Region.”
The annual event is back for 2022 since being canceled the past two years due to the pandemic.
“It’s a fun way to connect people to the unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities and organizations here in the Pikes Peak Region,” said Becky Leinweber, PPORA executive director. “Participants can try a new outdoor activity, learn how to recreate responsibly with Leave No Trace principles, and so much more.”
In fact, education played a big role in Saturday’s event.
“Just get people passionate about, and interested in, even the tiniest things that are outside. We’re all connected to this world and it’s really important to see those little aspects of the world around us,” Miller said.
The Pikes Peak Highway Rangers set up a tent for what they called “Camp Uh-Oh”.
“We would like kids to come and tell us what’s wrong with this picture,” said Michelle Bruce, a Pikes Peak Highway Ranger.
Around their tent was various things kids could point out like an inflatable fire too close to the tent, a stuffed bear getting into a backpack and many others. All of this, to demonstrate “leave no trace”.
“I love to see people on trails that are picking up trash that is not theirs, because I do that as well when I hike. And just to take good care of it,” Bruce said.