Mark your calendars for National Get Outdoors Day at Blue Marsh Lake, 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 am to 3:00 pm. The event will be held at the Dry Brooks Day Use Area, there will be over 35 clubs and organizations that 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, and 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, you can learn about the many outdoor opportunities that are available at Blue Marsh and throughout the region.

The official welcome will be at 10:00 am at the Lakeview Pavilion. Throughout the day, there will be interactive displays, presentations, workshops, and hands-on demos promoting a variety of outdoor activities.

Free event features fishing, mountain biking, a tour of the Control Tower, Kids fun run, orienteering, hiking and more!

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, who 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 pm to the State Hill Boat Launch that will include a tour of the control tower.

In addition to learning about recreation opportunities, safety in the outdoors will be promoted by fire crews, along with the help of Smokey Bear, first responders who 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.

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.