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State parks free Saturday to celebrate 'National Get Outdoors Day'

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free vehicle permits and admission to state parks Saturday to celebrate "National Get Outdoors Day," the DNR says.

There are 75 Minnesota state parks in all, and the DNR says the idea behind National Get Outdoors Day is "to introduce first-time visitors, especially families with young children, to the fun of outdoor recreation at state parks, state trails, fishing piers and other public lands."

You can see the locations of Minnesota's state parks here.

The DNR says it will be offering free programming as well to celebrate the day.

Fishing in state parks is free with certain conditions, the DNR notes, and free loaner kits are available at most state parks if you don't have gear.

The DNR also loans out birding kits, GPS kits and Kids' Discovery kits.

Typically, the fee for car permits for state parks is $5 for a one-time visit or $25 per year, KARE says.

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