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Great Outdoors Month and Na- tional Trails Day featured Governor John Hoeven's procla- mation designating June as "Great Outdoors Month" is fitting with the establishment of "National Trails Day" on June 6. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging people to get out- side and enjoy what North Dakota's "Great Outdoors" offer. A number of events are scheduled in coordination with National Trails Day and the state's park system will recognize the importance of outdoor activity throughout the month. "Whether it's hiking the scenic trails in your community, or in- volved witffa trails improvement in your favorite state park, it is also important to set aside time to ap- preciate the beauty of nature and the oufdoor environment," says Doug Prchal, Director. "National Trails Day is a special time for us to thank the individu- als, groups, agencies, organizations and volunteers that continuously work to sustain and develop our trail systems," Kevin Stankiewicz, Recreation Program Coordinator for NDPRD said. In recognition of June being Great Outdoors Month and National Trails Day, the following North Dakota state parks will be hosting events: Beaver Lake State Park (17 miles southeast of Napoleon, ph. 701-452-2752) Join a ranger on a guided hike on the newly renovated Nature Trail. Afterwards, take time on your own to explore other por- tions of the' park trails. Meet at the park swim beach at 10 a.m. Cross Ranch State Park (12 miles southeast of Hensler, ph. 701- 794-3731) A 2-mile guided hike for all ages. The event begins at l0 a.m. and the park's interpreter will be discussing the different kinds of plants and animals along the Mis- souri River, as well as the history of the area. Please wear comfort- able hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Visit anytime and take the self-guided trail. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (7 miles south of Mandan, ph. 701-667-6340) Join park staff in celebrating Halloween in June. Trick or treating, costume parade, games, face painting and more. Take time on your own to hike and explore the Legacy trail at the park. Fort Ransom State Park (2 miles north of Fort Ransom. ph. 701-973- 4331) Hikers should meet at the Bjone House Visitor Center at 10 a.m. The park ranger will lead a 2- hour hike on park trails. Bring along a water bottle and bug spray. Hik- ers from the North Country Trail Association-Sheyenne River Valley Chapter will be on hand to join in the fun and share information on the North Country National Scenic Trail. Fort Stevenson State Park (3 miles south of Garrison. ph. 701- 337-5576) Ranger-guided hike through park's native prame. Dis- cuss National Trails Day, history of the park, and points of interest. Kids and adults are encouraged to partici- pate. Bring water. Meet at the Fort Stevenson Guardhouse. The event is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Grahams Island State Park (16 miles west then south of Devils Lake. ph. 701-766-4015) --Please note: this event is scheduled for June 20. Open to everybody who wants to walk and see the sites Gra- hams Island State Park offers. There will be water, snacks and prizes for all. The State Park Interpreter will be discussing the different kinds of iglants and animals along with the history of the water and the Island. The event is scheduled from 2 to 3:20 p.m. Icelandic State Park