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Published June 12, 2010, 01:06 PM

Minn. state parks offer free fun Saturday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state parks are offering free fun Saturday as they mark National Get Outdoors Day.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state parks are offering free fun Saturday as they mark National Get Outdoors Day.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is waiving its requirement for a $5 vehicle permit and allowing free admission at all 73 state parks and recreation areas Saturday.

The DNR hopes to introduce first-time visitors to the parks and reconnect youth to the outdoors.

More than 50 special events for park visitors of all ages will be taking place statewide. Examples include a fly fishing workshop at William O'Brien State Park and a family outdoor fair at Whitewater State Park.

Many parks offer free loaner gear, such as GPS units for geocaching, as well as kits for birding, fishing and children's activities.

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