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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 13, 2014
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Estuaries Day to be held at York River State Park Saturday, Aug. 23

(WILLIAMSBURG) – York River State Park will host the annual Estuaries Day Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Estuaries Day draws attention to the park’s Taskinas Creek area with a day of estuary and water-based activities including canoeing, kayaking, fossil hikes, fishing programs and more. York River State Park is part of a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

“This year’s Estuaries Day event is a fun way to get kids immersed in the outdoors, environmental science and history before the school year begins,” said Jon Tustin, York River State Park Manager.

There is no charge for the kayak and canoe trips, but registration on the day of the event is first come - first served.

Estuaries Day is free and parking is $4 per car. 

There will be special displays and activities from partner organizations such as the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Mattaponi-Pamunkey Rivers Association and Master Naturalists.

A 5K run sponsored by the Colonial Road Runners will benefit the Lafayette High School Cross Country Team and Friends of York River State Park.

York River State Park is 2,500 acres of coastal forest and wetlands along the York River.  The park offers mountain biking, hiking and equestrian trails as well as the Croaker Landing fishing pier and boat launch area.

Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and offer dozens of festivals and concerts and thousands of educational programs across the state.

For more information about state park activities and amenities, or to make reservations in one of the 25 parks with camping facilities or 18 parks with cabins or family lodges, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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