Minnesota DNR is encouraging folks to get outside

ALBERT LEA, Iowa - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working on getting more people outside this summer, and it’s working.

Folks, young and old took advantage of the beautiful weather on Saturday and headed out to Myre-Big Island State Park for the “I Can Paddle” canoeing demonstration.

The day was all a part of the DNR “I Can” program. These events work to teach people about being safe on the water and enjoying the outdoors.

Todd Cole was one of the guides bringing folks out on the water, and he tells us that days like this are a perfect way to get people interested in outdoor sports.

“We provide so much of the equipment that, if you don’t like it, you’re not dropping a bunch of money on buying camping gear, or boats or things like that,” he explains.

Cole goes on to say, that he is always excited about getting other people interested in the outdoors. It’s something he believes is important, especially because of where we live.

“Minnesota has got such a strong environmental background. Being able to get people out here on the water appreciating all the things we have here, is very important,” Cole says.

The “I Can” program also offers events in archery, fishing, river canoeing, kayaking and camping.

For more information on getting involved in the “I Can” program, check out the Minnesota DNR website.

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