Contact(s): Missy Vanlanduyt, 608-266-7617; Jane Simkins, 608-266-7616, Wisconsin State Parks; or Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517
MADISON - Wisconsin State Parks are kicking off a new initiative called OutWiGo -- pronounced "Out-We-Go" to promote good health through the great outdoors. People looking to get moving, get motivated or just get outside will be encouraged throughout the year to visit a Wisconsin State Park System property to participate in outdoor activities with the goal of improving their overall health and wellness.
"Wisconsin State Parks provide a lot of great opportunities to get outside, recreate and be healthy," said Ben Bergey, Wisconsin State Parks director. "What makes our parks extra special is they offer something for everyone. Visitors can head out for a hike, dust off the bike, kick back in a kayak, or hit the brakes and soak in the beauty."
The goal of OutWiGo is to encourage 20,019 people to sign the OutWiGo pledge by Jan. 1, 2019, with the key message of "feel good in the great outdoors." The pledge is available to sign on the Wisconsin State Parks OutWiGo webpage.
There will be a kickoff event for the OutWiGo! campaign from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Mirror Lake State Park. The event will include an introduction to OutWiGo by Bergey and other partners, followed by a group hike or kayak. People can bring their own kayaks or rent them at the park, which will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for people to sign the pledge.
People who aren't able to attend will be able to follow the event via Facebook Live on the Department of Natural Resources Facebook page.
The weekend of May 19 and 20, there will be additional OutWiGo events at park system properties across the state, including a wellness walk at Lake Shore Park in Milwaukee and a led hike up East Bluff at Devil's Lake on Saturday. Additional events may be added. Throughout the year, there will be OutWiGo! themes, events, fun facts, and trail tips to encourage people to stay active and motivated.
People can share their OutWiGo adventures by tagging #OutWiGo in park pictures posted to their social media accounts.