<i>Get Out Minnesota </i> website

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Get Out Minnesota is a Legacy-funded website that was created by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for kids ages 5 through 11. The site, which uses games and interactive tools to educate children about Minnesota's natural outdoor world, can be found at www.mndnr.gov/gokids. The website will draw children to the Minnesota State Parks and Trails website, but it also encourages them to get away from computers and other electronic devices and to spend time outdoors by visiting Minnesota state parks and trails.

Get Out Minnesota is all about connecting the next generation to the outdoors. Key website features include:

  • Animalize Yourself: Build an animal avatar - an "anatar" that's part kid and part animal - and then email it to a friend.
  • What's for Dinner?: Games and educational information about Minnesota animals.
  • Xtreme Pix: Tips and tricks that introduce kids to nature photography, and a gallery for them to share their own shots with each other.
  • Kids on the Scene: Kid-hosted videos highlighting a few don't-miss features at Fort Snelling State Park and Interstate State Park.
  • Celebrity Naturalist: Trivia and informal interviews with featured naturalists.
  • Links and printable downloads: Resources for parents and educators, with links to both DNR and non-DNR educational materials designed for children in this age group.
  • Kids accrue points by playing games on the site and then visiting select Minnesota state parks, state recreation areas and state trails, where they have to seek out unique "code words" printed on posters. When kids return from their outdoor adventures, they log into the "Get Out Minnesota" website and enter the code words, which are worth 50 points each. When they earn 500 points, a certificate is unlocked that they can print out, bring to a state park and redeem for a prize.

    Funding for the Get Out Minnesota website is from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

    For more information visit www.mndnr.gov/gokids

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
    Topic Areas: 
    Outdoor Recreation
    Target Audience: 
    Grades Pre K-6
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
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    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    500 Lafayette Rd
    Saint Paul, MN 55155

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