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For Release: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

DEC to Host 'Get Outdoors & Get Together Day' Celebration at Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area

Free Family-Friendly Activities on June 10

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Region 6, in partnership with the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), is hosting 'Get Outdoors & Get Together Day' on June 10 at the Lowville Forestry Demonstration Area, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. As recently announced by Governor Kathy Hochul (leaves DEC website), Get Outdoors & Get Together Day will bring people of all abilities, ages, identities, and backgrounds together for fun, healthful activities as part of the Governor's efforts to broaden the diversity of users and ensure inclusivity of access to public lands. Details, including schedules, can be found on DEC's website.

Free family activities include a 9 a.m. 'early bird' guided tour of the Arboretum. Other activities include:

  • Accessible trail walk and fishing at a pier;
  • Archery with accessible equipment available for use;
  • Camping and a campfire cooking demonstration;
  • Fishing with adaptive equipment available for use; and
  • Orienteering/treasure hunt.

Equipment will be provided for archery and fishing. Attendees may also bring their own fishing poles and equipment for personal use and encouraged to bring their own snacks and sunblock. Participants are encouraged to Love Our New York Lands all year by practicing Leave No Trace™ principles and by recreating safely, sustainably, and hiking in suitable conditions based on weather and experience level.

For further information, contact Andrea Mercurio, Forester I, Bureau of Forest Resource Management, by phone at (315) 376-3521, or email

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