PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) encourages residents to “take a hike” as part of National Trails Day this weekend.
The annual celebration of trails will be held Saturday, June 3.
The town of Portsmouth is home to a section of the Sakonnet Greenway Trail, and several more hiking trails in both Melville Park and Glen Park.
Organized by the National Hiking Society, National Trails Day is the nation’s largest celebration of trails – with events taking place in every state.
Nationwide, more than 168,000 people participated in National Trails Day events in 2016.
The Great Outdoors Pursuit
Now in its ninth season, the annual Great Outdoors Pursuit invites families to participate in a broad range of outdoor activities throughout the summer season and earn rewards along the way.
The Great Outdoors Pursuit challenges families to visit state parks and other outdoor areas throughout the summer and participate in activities, ranging from birding to golfing and quahogging.
Participants register online and self-print a Pursuit Passport. At each event attended, “stamps” are earned for the Passport.
Registration is free, and participating children are eligible for prizes. Last year, more than 1,550 people joined the Pursuit. To sign up for the Pursuit, visit www.riparks.com.
Last year, Governor Raimondo convened the Rhode Island Outdoor Recreation Council – with membership from state and local government, industry and community – to develop an actionable vision for promoting and growing outdoor recreation in Rhode Island.
The council released its final report last December, highlighting the importance of this recreational network to Rhode Island’s economic and cultural vitality.
A recent study conducted by the University of Rhode Island found that state-managed parks and bikeways alone contribute $311 million to the economy annually and support over 3,700 jobs and nine million visits.
For a complete list of events and to sign up for the Pursuit, visit www.riparks.com.