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Free admission (and some special events) at all MN state parks Saturday

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You can get free admission to Minnesota's state parks Saturday as part of a national effort to encourage outdoor activity.

All 75 of the parks and recreation areas will be free to enter as they support National Get Outdoors Day.

Many are hosting different events and activities to help bring people in.

For example, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park will have a "Shipwrecks of the North Shore" interactive storytelling event at 7 p.m.

At Camden State Park in southwest Minnesota, you can learn fly fishing basics.

And in east-central Minnesota, there will be a "Great Selfie Scavenger Hunt" at Interstate State Park.

There is also geocaching, kayaking, archery, cooking and more. Click here to see a full list.

The state's Department of Natural Resources says most Minnesotans are within 30 minutes of a state park.

According to the tourism booster Explore Minnesota, the state has more than 227,000 acres of state parks land, with 1,030 miles of hiking trails.

National Get Outdoors Day is an effort sponsored by Off! insect repellent as a way to "encourage healthy, active outdoor fun."

Minnesota consistently ranks among the healthier states in the country – but last month, an annual well-being report found the state's obesity rate increased last year.

The report says obesity is tied to a person's sense of well-being, and that Minnesotans' overall sense of well-being also dropped.

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