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Free weekend in Minnesota

It's a great time to check out a state park.

The second weekend in June is a good time to try something new in Minnesota.

On June 13 in 2015, admission to all Minnesota state parks is free to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day.

Many parks are holding special events, such as archery, bird and flower hikes and geocaching and fishing programs.

There will be a concert at Itasca, a raptors program at Wild River, a Family Outdoor Fair at Whitewater, a River Adventures Day at Jay Cooke and Kids Day at Kathio.

On the North Shore, Split Rock Lighthouse historical site will have an open house June 13, along with the state park. The park will offer storytelling about the shipwrecks of 1905 and host a guided bike ride on the Gitchi-Gammi Trail to Iona's Beach natural area.

Usually, vehicle passes are $5 daily, $25 annual. But GPS units and kits for birding, fishing and kids' discovery can be borrowed any time.

Last updated on June 2, 2016