2013-06-20 / News

Summer events kick off Sunday at Fort Adams

The state will holds the first event of its second annual Great Outdoor Pursuit at Fort Adams in Newport on Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is designed to help children and families enjoy the recreational resources Rhode Island parks have to offer to encourage more physical activity by trying new outdoor activities.

Historic tours of the fort will be the centerpiece of the event. Families may choose from half-price guided tours or free self-guided tours. Guided tours will run on the hour and will explore the history, design and restoration of Fort Adams. It will take participants from the top of the walls to the depth of the underground tunnels.

The event will also include a 1 p.m. Frisbee show with world champion Todd Brodeur, and guided walks along the bay with views of Newport Harbor and the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. Environmental officials will be on hand with sea creature touch tanks, fish painting crafts and educational programming. There will also be kite flying, lawn games and an appearance by the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, Paws. Rhody Fresh will offer samples of its locally produced milk and cheese.

The Great Outdoors Pursuit takes Rhode Islanders to seven different state parks and forests over a 13-week period. There are also team events. Teams of children and adults will be challenged to visit different facilities and take part in outdoor adventures to learn about environmental and health issues. Teams receive points for participating in each event and are eligible for prizes at the finale on Aug. 17.

Visit RIParks.com to register a team for free or to learn more about the summer-long pursuit. Regardless of registration, everyone is welcome to come to the events. More than 1,500 people representing 350 teams are presently registered.

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