Get Outdoors and Volunteer

     National Outdoors Day is happening during National Fishing and Boating Week which has 2 events sponsored by the DNR during that time. Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is June 6-8th and PlayCleanGo Day happens on June 8th when DNR State Park Open House Day is. Talk about alot of stuff going on at once.

     PlayCleanGo volunteers help stop the spread of invasive species in their tracks. Read below to find out how you can get outdoors and volunteer on National Outdoors Day.


Minnesota PlayCleanGo Day coincides with National Get Outdoors Day and DNR State Park Open House Day. So there’s lots going on at the state parks and all state park admission is FREE!
As a PlayCleanGo volunteer you would be given a tee-shirt, ball cap, poncho (in case the weather turns wet) and an invasive plant field guide and would be stationed at a table near the trail head or nature center at one of the six state parks listed below.
                 INTERSTATE STATE PARK – 307 Milltown Rd., Taylors Falls, MN
                 FORT SNELLING STATE PARK – 101 Snelling Lake Rd., St. Paul, MN
                 GOOSEBERRY FALLS STATE PARK – 3206 Hwy 61 East, Two Harbors, MN
                 WHITE WATER STATE PARK – 19041 Hwy 74, Altura, MN
                 ITASCA STATE PARK – 36750 Main Park Drive, Park Rapids, MN
                 LAKE CARLOS STATE PARK – 2601 County Rd. 38 Northeast, Carlos, MN
Volunteers will be passing out PlayCleanGo materials and goodies and talking to park visitors about the simple steps they can take to help stop the spread of invasive species such as Buckthorn, Creeping Charlie, Purple Loosestrife, and Canada Thistle to name a few. All volunteers will be sent a set of instructions, talking points and general information about PlayCleanGo before the day of the event. But in the meantime check us out at

The goal of PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks is to encourage outdoor recreation like off-road vehicle use, hiking, biking, horseback riding and more, while protecting valuable natural resources. So come join on June 8th and bring your family to enjoy the day!! 
To let us know where and when you’d like to participate as a PlayCleanGo volunteer, please contact Susan Burks, MNDNR Forestry Invasive Species Program Coordinator, at 651-259-5251 or
Help us stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species!