PlayCleanGo invites individuals and families to take to the great outdoors, visit a campground or park, and take a hike, bike, horse or off-road vehicle out on the trails, while supporting local efforts to stop the spread of terrestrial (i.e., land-based) invasive species. To encourage more folks to play outdoors responsibly, PlayCleanGo co-sponsors PlayCleanGo Day with a number of local parks and recreation sites to coincide with National Get Outdoors Day, the second Saturday of each June. At participating sites, volunteers will be on hand to visit with recreationists about terrestrial invasive species and the simple steps they can take to protect the area from damaging plants and animals. Come join us and learn what to watch for and how to avoid moving terrestrial invasive species from one site to another.
In 2014, Minnesota will have 13 participating locations, including ten state parks and three parks operated by the Three Rivers Park District. Look for PlayCleanGo stations between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and get a free boot brush to help clean your boots and tire treads.
The first annual PlayCleanGo Day was held on June 8, 2013, at six Minnesota State Parks. Visitors took home invasive species informational resources and a boot brush, which is a small tool used to brush off invasive species before entering and upon leaving trails and parks. We sincerely thank our volunteers and park officials for their hard work in making PlayCleanGo Day a success! We also want to thank all of our visitors for learning how to prevent the spread of invasive species!
Thank You for Joining Us on Minnesota PlayCleanGo Day!
Please contact Susan Burks, Minnesota DNR Forestry Invasive Species Program Coordinator at Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-259-5251. We invite you to host your own PlayCleanGo Day or Days. While your PlayCleanGo Day can be scheduled for a time and date of your choosing, we encourage you to schedule your event to coincide with National Get Outdoors Day, the second Saturday of June. That allows us to list your locations on our website and build on the national campaign. We can help provide instructions and resources to make your PlayCleanGo Day a success and help spread the word on how to prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species.