The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has started a new campaign to get more people outside on Black Friday -- the best part -- it's free!

The #OptOutside campaign was created to encourage more people to spend time outdoors on Black Friday. According to a press release from the DNR, hundreds of agencies across the country have come together to strengthen the message this year.

The DNR will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry free that typically grants vehicle access to Michigan's 103 state parks and recreation areas, 138 state forest rustic campgrounds and parking for hundreds of miles of trails and fee-based boat launches.

In the spirit of the season, the DNR hopes the free entry opportunity will encourage residents and visitors to take time to explore and enjoy Michigan's great outdoors.

"Button up and head outdoors as part of this year’s Black Friday,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief.

"Exploring Michigan's state parks, trails and waterways is the perfect way to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories, recover from holiday shopping excursions and enjoy the many benefits of nature, all while celebrating and experiencing what many of us love most about Michigan – the great outdoors."

Although state park entry fees are waived Nov. 25, camping and other permit and license fees still apply.

For more information visit and remember to share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the tag #OptOutside