Explore the great outdoors on 'National Get Outside Day'

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Fort Sumter National Monument will host a National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) event at Liberty Square in downtown Charleston from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.

This GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and active fun areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can play with historic games and toys, play games that are ecologically related to the Lowcountry, and visit with area organizations about outdoor recreational opportunities and healthy living. Partners for this event include the South Carolina Aquarium, Boy Scouts of America, the US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. You can even get your taken with National Park Trust mascot Buddy the Bison and US Forest Service mascot Smokey Bear.

GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Last year, over 117 official GO Day sites across the nation from Kingman Island in Washington, D.C. to the Big Bear Discovery Center in the San Bernardino National Forest welcomed tens of thousands of new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors.

Liberty Square is located at 340 Concord Street  -- it's the large grassy area in front of the South Carolina. Aquarium.