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Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

Washington State Parks Foundation, the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park and Washington State Parks invite you to the biggest outdoor recreation event in Washington.

Find your way at Go Expo. Enjoy family activities, rock out to live music, explore new outdoor sports, learn from the experts, and expand your playlist at GoExpo on Saturday June 10th from 10 AM – 3:30 PM at Lake Sammamish State Park.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
No Discover Pass is required.

 

Playlist Schedule

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Rock out on the Great Lawn

Kokanee Outdoor Theatre

Things To Do

Make new friends, be better prepared for your adventures and become protecter of the outdoors and nature! Enjoy music from KEXP’s John Richards and live music with Sera Cahoone and Pazific.

At GoExpo learn from 50 organizations, agencies and businesses who will help you to expand your playlist.

The complete schedule is posted.  In addition,  partners will be offering activities, tours, demos and freebies at their booths and tents.

Explore scheduled activities:

Geocache at GO Expo
Join the Washington State Geocachers Association for special caches. You can learn more at their booth and head out for your adventure in the park.
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust – Wetlands Warriors
From 1PM-3:30PM: learn to identify native plants and have fun as you help restore lakeshore wetlands. Work alongside Greenway staff and meet fellow volunteers as you slay weeds to protect recently restored areas. Long pants and closed-toed shoes recommended.
Mountains to Sound Greenway – Get Savvy about Salmon
1:00-3:30pm: Do you know what makes a healthy salmon stream habitat? Join us to learn about Pacific salmon, including our local kokanee – the little red fish! We’ll identify native and invasive plants and use scientific tools to measure the water quality of Issaquah Creek. All ages are welcome.
Do the Bollywood with the YMCA
Move, dance and laugh with a group Bollywood class led by the Sammamish Community YMCA
Mountain bike demo
Gerks will be sharing bikes that you can try out today.
Kayak rentals all day
Head to the Kayak Academy to rent a kayak to paddle around the lake.
Guided Hikes
Join the Issaquah Alps Trails Club for hikes led by Ken Kappler. You can join at 11am or at 1pm.  Head to the Issaquah Alps Trails Club (booth #6) to register.
Canoe rides
Try a canoe trip with the team at  Seattle Adventure Sports. There is a fee for renting canoes.
Climbing Wall
Seattle Adventure Sports will help you try your climbing skills at the wall. There is a fee for climbs.

Enjoy family fun:

Special Appearance: Smokey Bear
Brought to you by the US Forest Service.
Special Appearance: Bagley Beaver
Brought to you by Washington State Parks.
Be a watershed protector
Learn about your drinking water and how you can protect the watersheds we share from the experts at the Washington Department of Health and Washington Dept. of Ecology.
Nature fun
Enjoy nature-based activities at the Forterra booth.
Visit the pack animals provided by the Back Country Horsemen
Head to the Back Country Horsemen to see their pack animals and learn about how they ride and improve trails across the state.
Special Appearance: Mallow the Marmot
Brought to you by Green Trails Maps.
Forest Service teaches fire safety and preparedness
Head to this booth to learn how to build a campfire and catch of glimpse of Smokey Bear.
Nature Crafts with National Wildlife Federation
Create nature crafts and learn what Ranger Rick is up to.
Earth Corps hosts kids activities about forests and wetlands.
Visit EarthCorps’ table to learn about healthy trees, streams, and what you can do to care for them.

Try activities all day:

Welcome New Arrivals to Washington’s outdoor places
Join the Environmental Community of South Seattle (ECOSS)  to welcome New Arrivals to our nation by using the outdoors to bridge knowledge and cultural gaps refugees and immigrants face in their new home.
Veterans restoring our public lands
The Veteran Conservation Corps will share how they connect veterans to nature and to continuing service by restoring lands for nature and people to enjoy.
Try out camping foods
Taste test the latest from Mountain House foods.
Sustainable Trailers
Come try out the awesome trailers from local Home Grown Trailers.
Sustainable Issaquah
Explore how to make our city an even better place to live, work and recreate.
Spa Experience: Southern Gulf Islands Raffle
Head to the Experience the Southern Gulf Islands booth to learn about how to plan your adventure to this beautiful place.  They are providing a raffle prize for a lucky winner to enjoy 2 nights at the beautiful Galiano Inn and Spa.
Science Saves
The Nature Conservancy uses science to protect and restore the most important places that nature and people depend upon. Come learn how science informs their work – whether in urban places like Seattle and in the most wild and remote places along Washington’s coast.
Raffles for skiers
Pro Ski and Mountain Service will be offering raffles for ski tuning, maintenance and discounts for guided trips. People who stop by the booth will receive discount cards for the shop and can learn about guided ski service.
Plan your outdoor adventures
The Washington Department of Natural Resources with share resources to help visitors get outdoors to  1,100 miles of trail, 70 campgrounds and 40 picnic areas on DNR-managed lands statewide.
PCC Natural Markets shares how to make your own trail snacks
Make your own trail mix and learn about nutritious and healthy snacks.
Patagonia Treats
Try the tasty Provisions food line offered by Patagonia.
Meet Mountaineers Books authors
The Mountaineers Books will be hosting two authors at their booth and in the Kokanee Theatre and Bath House Flex Space.  Stop by to purchase books and see the resources they offer for planning your next trip outdoors.
Making a better Washington
WFSE – AFSCME Council 28 represents public servants who work hard to support public safety & access to state recreational lands and conservation of natural resources.  Stop by to find out what you can do to help ensure state lands stay open, snap a picture with Sasquatch, and enter to win prizes!
Love your State Parks
We love our state parks! Learn about Washington State Parks and share your thoughts so that we can make them better. You can also learn how you can volunteer to make them better places for everyone.
Learn about a nearby state park for people & horses
The Bridle Trails State Park Foundation supports community and educational events. Learn about the  equestrian uses of this special state park.
King County Park Trails
Get the latest about King County’s trails and how to safely bike this growing network to the outdoors.
Kayak Demo at REI Tent
Stop by the REI Beach Tent to enjoy Kayak Demo’s from 12pm-3pm, on-site registration only. 
Go fish with the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
The experts at Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife share resources to plan your next fishing adventure.
Free raffles provided by Cascade Bicycle Club
Sign up to win two tickets to the Seattle to Portland Ride, two tickets to the Seattle Night Ride and Cascade branded Ortleib dry bag .
Enter raffle to win a trailer
The MHRV Show Association will be displaying a trailer that you can enter a raffle to win. Raffle winner to be announced at a date after GO Expo.
Curious about trail running? Stop by OutdoorsNW booth
Drop by the OutdoorsNW booth for your free copy of our Trail Running edition – and sign up for great prizes as well!
Be climate savy with Puget Sound Energy
Head to to PSE’s booth to learn how you can become energy efficient.

Try food & beverage offerings:

Food Trucks
Drop by the food trucks provided by Gemini Fish, GreenTree,  Road Chef Global Bistro and Seattle Mamak Food Truck.  They offer a diverse menu and also include vegan and vegetarian entrees.
Issaquah Brewhouse Beer Garden
Quench your thirst and support our event. The  Issaquah Brewhouse is hosting a beer garden and proceeds will support the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park and the Washington State Parks Foundation.
Refresh at the Concession Stand
The Paddle Sports Concession Stand will be open for kombucha drinks and ice cream.

About

Whether you’re new to the area or a long time resident, you are welcome to join us for GO Expo – expand your playlist to learn more about the best that the northwest has to offer.

Our spectacular Washington landscapes are legendary, but fewer people know about how vibrant and varied our communities are, including how we express ourselves in so many different types of outdoor recreation.

Our region is growing faster now than at any time in the last 100 years.  With 82,000 new residents moving to the Puget Sound region in the last year alone.


National Get Outdoors Day is an annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.

The prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. Participating organizations across the country are offering opportunities for families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.

GO Expo – expand your playlist will have a jubilant and festive atmosphere, with live bands, singing and dancing that incorporates many cultures.

Donate & Volunteer

Our event is free for everyone to attend and for partners to participate.

Please help us support this event by donating or sign up to volunteer to help us make this event a success.

Donate Now to help us cover costs to provide everyone with a free event, live music and the classroom and outreach spaces for fellow nonprofits and partners involved in protecting and loving the outdoors!