“We try to make it easy and flexible,” said Jeff Smith, park ranger. “We know how it is with families’ schedules.”
The day begins at 9 a.m. at the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center, with a short nature walk that will explore plants and trees in the park. Last year’s most popular event, an introduction to disc golf for kids, begins at 10 a.m. at the day-use area. At noon, the Hells Canyon Archers Club will hold an introduction to archery at the archery field. Equipment is provided for disc golf and archery events; kids are encouraged to bring a water bottle.
A bike ride that focuses on safety will begin 2 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Discovery Center. The 2-mile ride will cover trail etiquette on the paved trail out and road safety on the main road back. Learning stations will be located along the way. Kids must have a bike, helmet and parent or guardian present.
To ensure a spot in the disc golf, archery and bike events, participants can register by calling the park office at (208) 799-5015. Nonregistered participants may take part if space is available.
This is the second year Hells Gate State Park has offered Kids to Parks Day activities. The nationwide event is organized by the National Park Trust; partnering parks plan activities in conjunction with the event.
if you go
WHAT: Kids to Parks Day
WHEN: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston
COST: $5/vehicle entry fee or free
entrance with Idaho State Parks Passport