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For Release: Friday, June 9, 2023

DEC and State Parks Announce Postponement of "Get Outdoors & Get Together Day"

Events Scheduled for Saturday, June 10, Postponed Out of an Abundance of Caution Due to Air Quality Concerns

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced the postponement of this weekend's "Get Outdoors & Get Together Day," originally scheduled for Saturday, June 10, in response to statewide air quality issues caused by wildfires in Eastern Canada.

DEC and State Parks, in partnership with the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and the Division of Veterans' Services, will reschedule this inclusive and accessible day of family-friendly recreation and fun at State Parks and other public lands that help connect people to nature and provide increased access to the outdoors.

While air quality continues to improve across the state, there are still many areas where air quality may negatively impact the health of people in sensitive groups including children, senior citizens, people with underlying health conditions and people with developmental disabilities.

Partner-led events at the Catskills Visitor Center and Mendon Ponds (in conjunction with the Adirondack Mountain Club Genesee Valley Chapter) will go on as planned.

When air quality conditions improve, more information about New York State's accessible recreational opportunities is available at and

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