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Minnesota state parks to offer free admission on Saturday

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s  Department of Natural Resources will continue its longstanding tradition of waiving the requirement for a vehicle permit and providing free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this Saturday, June 9.

The permit is usually $7 for a day pass.

Saturday is also National Get Outdoors Day, an event held annually on the second Saturday in June. Also, Gov. Mark Dayton is proclaiming June 2018 as Great Outdoors Month. HIs proclamation cites the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors as one incentive to visit the parks and trails.

“Exploring Minnesota state parks is a great way to spend time with friends and family, get active, and enjoy our state’s many natural wonders,” Dayton said.

Many special programs will take place Saturday for visitors, said Erika Rivers, director of the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. “Our goal is to connect new people, especially families with young children, to the outdoors.”

For a complete list of statewide programs, with times and locations, visit