York said exposing people to new activities they can do outside leads them to value the outdoors more and want to conserve the beauty of natural spaces.
“If we get people out and doing fun things in nature, they almost inevitably learn to love nature and then that that leads them to wanting to protect that as well,” York said.
York said in 2019, more than 25,000 people came to the event and Five Rivers MetroParks are expecting at least as many this year.
She said after two years of not having the event, it “feels amazing” to have it back.
“It feels amazing because the joy I see on people’s faces here,” York said.
Anil Nagar said he had been coming to the event for at least five years before COVID-19, and he’s happy to have it back. The outdoor experience helped him discover activities he didn’t know about, like ultimate frisbee, when he was already an avid camper and cyclist.
“It’s just nice to be outside and see everybody that loves the same thing,” Nagar said.
Josh Beaman brought his dog, Blue, and said his favorite part of the event is the many dogs who come.
“This was our favorite event of the year,” Beaman said. “Of course, they haven’t had it the last few years, so we’ve been anxiously waiting for this to come back.”
How to go:
When: Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Eastwood MetroPark (park side), 1385 Harshman Rd., Dayton