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NYS celebrates "Outdoor Day"

NYS celebrates "Outdoor Day"

June 08, 2019 12:44 PM

DELMAR - Saturday was the second annual "Outdoors Day" in New York. The statewide event looks to encourage people to enjoy all Mother Nature has to offer. Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar offered a number of ways to do that.

"We've got birdwatching, hikes, orienteering, archery, fishing,” Director Gina Jack said.

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Jack said getting outside benefits more than just the body.

"Reconnecting with the outdoors is really important for physical health as well as for mental health,” Jack said. “Just the idea of going for a walk in the woods clears your head.”

While there's lots of concern about increasing screen time and decreasing outdoor time for kids specifically, Jack said it's also an issue for adults.

Fortunately, Brielyn Smith said she and her family can't wait to get outside once it warms up.

"Especially in the Northeast when you're cooped up all winter and then you can finally feel like you can get outside in the spring and summer we get outside as much as possible,” Smith said.

If you're interested in camping, but aren't sure if you want to buy your own gear yet, the state has a program that can help. 

"Actually if you want to try it for the first time New York State has a program where you can go to your local library all the equipment with the reservation is available for you to rent to use for a family of four for a weekend,” President of Albany County Conservation Alliance Kevin Busch said. “There's no investment on your part other than the fee at the campground where you go to."

You can find more information about “Outdoors Day” here.

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Emily Burkhard

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