I Can Climb! 2012
Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan
In 2012 our goal is to plan and host 16 programs statewide to provide participants with an outdoor experience climbing on “real” rock on the most stunning cliff faces in the state.
During the summer of 2012 three parks offered a total of 18 I Can Climb! programs. These popular programs drew 650 eager participants from across the state.
This program is designed to attract new audiences to Minnesota State Parks. Primarily young families and young adults that often look beyond state parks for their means of recreation, along with youth looking for an “extreme” or “adventure” experience. Programs will offer participants the opportunity to experience rock climbing, outdoors on real rock. This program targets the state’s climbing parks (Blue Mounds, Interstate and Tettegouche State Parks) by offering one “I Can Climb!” - rock climbing experience - every month from June to August at each of the climbing parks. These programs are designed to provide participants with a rock climbing experience intended to hook people on climbing and expose them to the outdoors. Each program will have a natural resource and stewardship component with an emphasis on Minnesota’s geological history and cliff dwelling plants and animals.
After some 50 years of growth, nature-based recreation turned a corner in the 1990s and is now declining on a per-capita basis in Minnesota and nationally. Per-capita visits to state and national parks, use of state trails, hunting, fishing, boating, wildlife watching, and wilderness use are all down. The primary contributing trend is a drop in participation by young adults (ages 20 to 40) and their children.