PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced its annual Great Outdoors Pursuit will kick off this Saturday, May 19, on National Kids to Parks Day with a guided hike around Peck Pond, arts & crafts, and face painting. As part of the Pursuit, now in its 10th season, families earn rewards for participating in scheduled outdoor events throughout the summer season.
"The Pursuit gets families outdoors, where they can explore Rhode Island's spectacular parks and natural areas, try new activities, and get fit," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "Throughout the summer, we'll be offering special events and programs at some of the most gorgeous places in Rhode Island. Reconnecting children and families with nature will ensure a healthy future for our children and for our planet!"
WHAT: Great Outdoors Pursuit Kick Off: One-Mile Hike
WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Pulaski State Park and Recreation Area, 151 Pulaski Road, Chepachet
The Great Outdoors Pursuit challenges families to visit state parks and other outdoor areas throughout the summer and participate in activities, ranging from birding to fly-fishing and archery. Participants register online and self-print a Pursuit Passport. At each event attended, "stamps" are earned for the Passport. Registration is free, and participating children are eligible for prizes. Last year, more than 850 people joined the Pursuit. On Saturday, the first 80 registered Pursuit kids will receive a voucher for one free lunch from Championship Melt food truck as well as a sticker for completing the first event.
Rhode Island is home to a wealth of historic parks, beaches, bikeways, and other recreational facilities that support the economy and residents' quality of life. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation generates $2.4 billion in consumer spending and supports 24,000 jobs each year. A recent study conducted by the University of Rhode Island found that State-managed parks and bikeways alone contribute $311 million to the economy annually and support over 3,700 jobs and nine million visits. For a complete list of events and to sign up for the Pursuit, visit www.dem.ri.gov/Pursuit. Follow DEM on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) or Facebook at www.facebook.com/RIGreatOutdoors for more information on recreational opportunities in Rhode Island as well as other timely updates.