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Great American Backyard Campout Public Events

The list below displays public events for Great American Backyard Campout in 2014. If you don't see the event you're looking for, check back soon as more events are added regularly. If you plan on camping out in 2014, remember to take the pledge and make your campout count!

If you are hosting a public event and would like to be added to the list below, please email campout@nwf.org OR click here to provide information on your event.

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Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Cornell Park
505 DISCOVERY BAY BLVD.
DISCOVERY BAY, CA 94505

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM- 9:00 AM

The Discovery Bay Community Campout is now in its 4th year, and had 1,000 campers register in the first two days of registration! Campers will enjoy a live, interactive wildlife show, flashlight scavenger hunt, climbing wall, ropes and obstacle courses, star gazing, nature spotting games, and we will all party down with Disney!

The entire event is completely free, including barbecue dinner and pancake breakfast, night safety flashing light wands, and lots of other fun giveaways!

If you've never camped before, the Discovery Bay Community Campout is for you.  We took the challenges of camping away. Don't worry about preparing meals, and the boy scouts will even help you set up your tent.  Or, sleep under the stars, it's sure to be a beautiful night.

Advanced registration required at dbcommunitycampout.com

Contact information:
Amanda Dove
DoveMedia@aol.com
www.dbcommunitycampout.com

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The Inn at Locke House
19960 N. ELLIOT ROAD
LOCKEFORD, CA 95237

WHEN: 06/28/2014 5:30 PM- 10:00 PM

Day camping experience: Sunset grilled dinner in gardens, "Backyard Birding" talk, movie "Ride the Divide"

  • $29 per person
  • Advance Notice Required: email lockehouse@jps.net  or call 209.727.5715
  • Call or email for Kayak tour (Saturday morning) and Birding tours (Sunday morning) that include lunch
  • Parking available
  • Inn rooms available

Contact Information:
Lani Eklund
lockehouse@jps.net
209-727-5715
www.theinnatlockehouse.com

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Sulphur Creek Nature Center
1801 D STREET
HAYWARD, CA 94560

WHEN: 06/28/2014 7:00 AM- 9:00 AM

Celebrate one of this Nation's favorite outdoor pastimes by camping out with your family. Learn about nocturnal animals, create a craft to take home, play games, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the sounds of night.

  • Advance Notice Required at haywardrec.org
  • Parking available
  • 20 campsites are available

Contact Information:
Marlene Powell
1buglady@att.net
510-847-7442
haywardrec.org

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Joaquin Miller Park
3564 SANBORN DRIVE
OAKLAND, CA 94602

WHEN: 06/28/2014 2:00 PM- 10:00 AM

  • $11 per resident/$13 non-resident before June 19th
  • $20 per person day of registration (if spots available)
  • Fees include dinner, snacks and breakfast
  • ​Pre-registration is requested, please click here to register (Activity # 92336.101)

Contact Information:
Donte Watson
510-867-4142

Colorado

Connecticut

New Canaan Nature Center
144 OENOKE RIDGE
NEW CANAAN, CT 06840

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM-9:00 AM

Campapalooza: A musical celebration of the Great American Backyard Campout full of Grooves, Grub and Good Times. Join in the fun of our Grooves and Grub celebration. As the music dies down, get ready for the night time adventure to begin. We’ll fire up the campfire ring and head off into the darkness for a special early summer night hike experience. Upon our return we’ll be sure to fill our bellies with some fireside S’mores before dozing off to sleep. Participants are encouraged to bring along musical instruments to join in and create classic campfire music.

  • Campout- Members: $95 per family / Non-members: $115 per family
  • Grooves & Grub only- Members: $10 per person / Non-members: $15 per person
  • Pre-registration is required – please call 203-966-9577 x20
  • NCNC has a limited number of tents for rent at $25
Contact Information:
Michelle Piazza mpiazza@newcanaannature.org

Delaware

Trap Pond State Park
33587 BALDCYPRESS LANE 
LAUREL, DE 19956

WHEN: 06/28/2014 9:00 AM-9:00 AM

Join Delaware State Parks at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, Delaware for a family friendly Campout event! Trap Pond State Park offers biking, boating, disc golf, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, picnicking, and volleyball among many other activities that are fun for the whole family or outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

  • Registration for the Campout is $10 per family (up to 5 people) and $2 for each additional person.
  • Pre-registration is required - Click here to register by June 21
  • Parking is available on site
  • S'mores for campfires will be provides on Saturday night
  • Check-in will begin at 9:00am on Saturday with activities throughout the day

Contact Information:
Riley Hays
302-739-9249
Riley.Hays@state.de.us
Click here to register

Florida

Waterfront Park - Safety Harbor Marina
110 VETERANS MEMORIAL LANE
SAFETY HARBOR, FL 34695

WHEN: 06/28/2014 6:00 PM- 9:00 AM

We're camping backyard style at one of our parks.  The community is camping in an open field along Upper Tampa Bay.  Restrooms will be available, movie provided and more recreational fun! $20 per family, there will be a family campout, campfire fun, activities, and more!

Contact Information:
Julie Inman
727-724-1545
jinman@cityofsafetyharbor.com

Georgia

Outdoor Activity Center
1442 RICHLAND ROAD, SW
ATLANTA, GA 30310

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM- 9:30 AM

Plans are underway for Atlanta’s 4th annual shared camping event organized by National Wildlife Federation.  Approximately 225 campers are expected overnight from 3:00 pm to 9:30 am. 

Timeline of some of the planned activities is as follows:

  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm: Registration, Family Photos, & Tent Set-Up
  • 3:00 – 7:00 pm: Registered Families Visit Activity Stations & Information Booths
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Welcome & Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8:15 pm: Night Hike/Owl Prowl
  • 8:15 – 10:15 pm: Campfire and S’mores, Drumming Circle, African Storytelling, & Native American Dancing
  • 10:15 – 10:40 pm: Return to Campsites & Nocturnal Insect Experience

Contact Information:
Na Taki Osborne Jelks
osborne@nwf.org

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Swift-Cantrell Park
3140 OLD 41 HIGHWAY
KENNESAW, GA 30144

WHEN: 05/17/2014 5:00 PM- 9:00 AM

Enjoy camping under the night sky, along with backyard games, field activities, discovery stations, and campfire entertainment featuring professional storytelling, skits, stargazing, and s'mores. 

  • Advance Notice Required at http://bit.ly/1hxPyXh
  • A hot dog dinner and pancake breakfast is included
  • Parking is available
  • 50 campsites total

Contact Information:
City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation
dpies@kennesaw-ga.gov
770-422-9714
Click here to register

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

North Liberty Community Center
520 WEST CHERRY STREET
NORTH LIBERTY, IA 52317

WHEN: 06/28/2014 12:00 PM-11:00 AM

Join us for a backyard campout at the Community Center. Activities will include fishing, learning how to cook on a campfire, swimming, movies and breakfast. Watch for more information to follow. Participants are encouraged to bring games and activities to share. Schedule of events to follow and campfires are welcome. If the weather is poor we will move the campout inside and games, movies, and activities will be provided.

$7 per person - includes dinner Saturday and Sunday breakfast

Pre-registration is required by June 25th

Contact Information:
Matt Meseck
319-626-5707
mmeseck@northlibertyiowa.org

Kansas

Shawnee Mission Park & The Theatre in the Park
7900 RENNER ROAD
SHAWNEE, KS 66219

WHEN: 07/19/2014

Whether you are an experienced camper or just looking for an activity to share with your family and friends, this is your opportunity to sleep under the stars in the safety of one of the most beautiful and spacious parks in Johnson County.

Family of four is $30 or $10 per person

Click here for more information

Contact Information:
Rob Knaussman
913-826-3023
info@jcprd.com

Kentucky

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
3000 FREYS HILL ROAD
LOUISVILLE, KY 40241

WHEN: 06/28/2014 2:00 PM-10:00 AM

Bring the family out for a night of camping under the stars while celebrating Kentucky State Parks 90th Anniversary!  This is a great chance to experience camping and nature. Park staff will lead activities including; hikes, archery, nature crafts, field games, and more! The Louisville Astronomical Society will also be on site doing fun and educational stargazing.

Campsites are $25 per family of 4 ($5 for each additional person) please call to reserve your campsite.

For more information click here

Contact Information:
Lora Sekeres
502-429-7270
lora.sekeres@ky.gov

Louisiana

Maine

Augusta/Gardiner KOA
30 MALLARD DRIVE
RICHMOND, ME 04357

WHEN: 06/27/2014-06/29/2014 2:00 PM-12:00 PM

Come stay & play with us while we do the coolest thing by bringing Being Outside Back IN!!!
This weekend of Camping begins on Friday June 27th and ends on Sunday the 29th and will be a Buy One Night of Camping Friday Night & Get One Night (Saturday Night) for FREE!  FOR RVs / Tents. Enjoy outdoor activities that include laser tag, canoe/kayak rentals and lawn games and listen to guest speakers from the State of Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Department.

Reserve your campsite by clicking here or call 800-562-1496 and reference Hot Deal Code: CS

Contact Information:
Patti Grover
207-582-5086

Maryland

Little Bennett Regional Park
23705 FREDERICK ROAD
CLARKSBURG, MD 20871

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Make a reservation at Little Bennett Campground to camp out for this nationally recognized night of camping!

  • Reservations must be made either over the phone or in person - First Come, First Served! 
  • Discounted camping is available with promo code GAC14 (50% off one night) 
  • Each campsite will accommodate parking for 2 vehicles 

For more information about Little Bennett Campground, click here

Contact Information:
Andrew Simmons
301-528-3452
Andrew.Simmons@montgomeryparks.org

Esther Henning
301-528-3430
Esther.Henning@montgomeryparks.org

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Cunningham Falls State Park
14039 CATOCTIN HOLLOW ROAD 
THURMONT, MD 21788

WHEN: 06/28/2014 5:00 PM- 7:00 AM

If you and your family have never been camping before, then this is the campout for you. Join Cunningham Falls State Park staff and volunteers for an evening of fun and outdoor learning in our Camping 101 experience. The campout will be held in the Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park located off of US 15 just south of Thurmont. Participants will learn how to start a campfire, pitch a tent, cook a campfire classic meal, and s'mores. Space is limited. First time family campers only.

Contact Information:
Mark Spurrier
301-271-7575
mspurrier@dnr.state.md.us

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Fair Hill NRMA
300 TAWES DRIVE
ELKTON, MD 21921

WHEN: 06/28/2014 4:00 PM- 10:00 AM

Bring your family to the Cockerham site as we celebrate the the Great American Backyard Campout. Pitch a tent in our backyard and enjoy a campfire, visit our one room schoolhouse, hike the Mason-Dixon Line, or just kick back and relax to the sounds of nature. Campers are responsible for bringing their own equipment and food. $10 per family.

Contact Information:
Jo Ann Kricker
410-398-1246
jkricker@dnr.state.md.us

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Point Lookout State Park
11175 LOOKOUT ROAD
SCOTLAND, MD 20687

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Bring your family to camp at Point Lookout State Park overlooking the Chesapeake Bay for our 4th annual Backyard Campout! Activities include a wildlife hike, campfire cookout, guided canoe tour and craft time at the Nature Center.

Contact Information:
Jonas Williams
301-872-5688
jmwilliams@dnr.state.md.us

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Robert E. Lee Park
1000 LAKESIDE DRIVE 
BALTIMORE, MD 21210

WHEN: 06/27/2014 7:00 PM- 9:00 AM

Join thousands of people across the nation for The Great American Backyard Campout! Rangers will lead the group on a night hike and end the evening with a campfire. Bring dinner on Friday, or food to cook over the fire. Saturday breakfast will be provided. Bring your own tent, or call 410-887-4156 to borrow one.

All ages, $5 per person ($3 members)

Contact Information:
Shannon Davis
410-887-4156
releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov

Massachusetts

Skyfields Arboretum
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
1461 OLD KEENE ROAD
ATHOL, MA 01331

WHEN: 7/26/2014 4:00 PM-10:00 AM

Mount Grace is excited to invite North Quabbin residents to the Athol Community Campout. On Saturday afternoon, join us for a series of games and crafts, followed by a campfire in the evening. Campers are invited to a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning.

Contact Information:
Kristin Grenier

outreach_americorps@mountgrace.org

http://www.mountgrace.org

Michigan

Leslie Science and Nature Center
1831 TRAVER ROAD
ANN ARBOR, MI 48105

WHEN: 06/28/2014 4:00 PM

Every year, Leslie Science & Nature Center invites families to celebrate - or sample - camping, right here on our site. This year is no different, with campsites, hikes, meals, and plenty of activities for all ages!

Pitch your tent with our resident raptors and critters! Be part of a nation-wide event; enjoy nature-based programs, campfires, breakfast & dinner with us and much more!

  • Pre-registration for campsites are $50.00 per family and is required Click here to register online to reserve your campsite
  • Minimum one adult per family is required
  • Parking is included with campsite fee
  • Registration opens at 4:00pm on Saturday, June 28th
  • Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday is included with campsite fees
  • Activities include night hikes, astronomy lessons, camping cooking techniques, crafts and scavenger hunts!

Contact Information:
Karen Rendell
734-997-1553

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Island Lake State Recreation Area
12950 E. GRAND RIVER AVENUE
BRIGHTON, MI 48116

WHEN: 6/21/2014

First time campers who want to try their hand at tenting or trailering are invited to camp at Island Lake SRA! Numerous activities will take place throughout the day on Saturday including Intro to Fishing and Intro to Camping. Evening activities include a night hike complete with bonfire, s’mores and storytelling.

Registration is free, please call the park office at 810-229-7067 to reserve your campsite.

Contact Information:
810-229-7067
www.michigan.gov/islandlake

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Mastodon State Historic Site
1050 CHARLES J BECKER DR.
IMPERIAL, MO 63052

WHEN: 06/28/2014 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Enjoy a scenic overlook while sitting around a fire making s'mores and listening to campfire stories told by site interpreters.

  • Walk-ins Welcome
  • Parking available

Contact Information:
Brooke Mahar
brooke.mahar@dnr.mo.gov
636-464-2976

Montana

Travelers' Rest State Park
6717 HIGHWAY 12 W
LOLO, MT 59847

WHEN: 06/28/2014 1:00 PM- 9:00 AM

The Corps of Discovery Campout includes fun activities for kids and learning stations for adults on camping safety, preparedness, cooking & more.  Some gear available to borrow.

Advanced notice is required, please click here to register online

Contact Information:
Molly Stockdale
406-273-4253
mstockdale@travelersrest.org

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

Overlook Park
580 OVERLOOK ROAD
WHITE ROCK, NM 87544

WHEN: 6/14/2014 6:00 AM-9:00 AM

Spend a unique night camping out under the stars at Overlook Park. Hang out with Smokey the Bear, Bert the Bandelier Squirrel and Sparky the Fire Dog as we learn about camping Do's and Don'ts, fire safety and how to set up a tent.

Pre-registration is required, please call the Recreation Division to register 505-662-8170.

Contact Information:
505-662-8170
lacrec@lacnm.us

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Bandelier National Monument
15 ENTRANCE ROAD
JUNIPER CAMPGROUND
LOS ALAMOS, NM 87544

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Camp under the stars at Bandelier! Join us at Juniper Campground for FREE food, camping, and entrance for participants. After dinner, enjoy a sunset hike with Superintendent Jason Lott followed by a star program.

Contact Information:
Claudia Brookshire
505-672-3861 ext. 512
claudia_brookshire@nps.gov

New York

Joseph F. William Memorial Park & Beach
7033 LAKESHORE ROAD
CICERO, NY 13039

WHEN: 06/21/2014

Campout hosted by Cicero Parks & Rec Department. Many activities will be available, including: arts & crafts, lake swimming, storytelling, outdoor showing of Finding Nemo, s'mores, etc. Light dinner and continental breakfast will also be provided.

  • Advanced registration is required
  • Fee is $25 per resident/$35 non-resident
  • To register online, click here

Contact Information:
Julie Raddell
315-699-5233
jraddell@ciceronewyork.net

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Frontier Field
ONE MORRIE SILVER WAY
ROCHESTER, NY 14608

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Pitch your tent in the outfield, watch a movie on the scoreboard, and sleep on a field of dreams! Includes complimentary coffee for parents at 7 a.m. as you depart the ballpark.

$7 per ticket- includes admission to the game and overnight campout on the field

Contact Information:
Kevin Lute
585-454-1001 ext. 3046
klute@redwingsbaseball.com

North Carolina

Elk Knob State Park
5564 MEAT CAMP ROAD
TODD, NC 28684

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM- 10:00 AM

Novice campers are invited to join the Rangers at Elk Knob State Park for an enjoyable night of camping. Activities, dinner and s'mores provided. No alcohol/pets. Kids must be 6 and older.

Registration is REQUIRED by June 23 - call 828-297-7261 to register.

Contact Information:
Kelly Safley
828-297-7261
kelly.safley@ncparks.gov

North Dakota

Ohio

William Henry Harrison Park
644 BIERLEY AVENUE
PEMBERVILLE, OH 43450

WHEN: 6/28/2014 6:30 PM-10:00 AM

Come celebrate this great event in the Wood County Park District's "backyard." We will have activities throughout the evening, a campfire and s'mores, with a light breakfast in the morning. Participants need to supply their own tent and sleeping equipment.

The event is free but registration is required. Click here to register

Contact Information:
Jim Witter
419-353-1897
www.wcparks.org

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Wolf Creek Park Campground
2701 S. ST. ROUTE 53
FREMONT, OH 43420

WHEN: 06/28/2014 4:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Sandusky County Park District invites you to try camping for the first time or just enjoy a night outdoors and discover the wonders of nature. A FREE night of camping at Wolf Creek Park Campground. Sites are first-come, first-serve, no reservations taken.

Contact Information:
Jeanne Dieterich
419-334-4495
jeanne@lovemyparks.com

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Schuylkill Center
8480 HAGY'S MILL ROAD
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19128

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM- 11:30 AM

Spend the night under the stars in our woodlands and take your family’s first step into a lifetime filled with healthy, outdoor fun. We’re teaming up with the National Wildlife Federation to host the 10th Annual Great American Backyard Campout. We’ll cook outdoors, go canoeing and hiking, tell stories around the campfire, and listen for nocturnal wildlife. Wake up Sunday morning to breakfast and bird hikes. Bring your own tent or rent one from us for a nominal fee. Dinner and breakfast is included.

  • Campout is $35 per person/$30 per person for members
  • Discount for families of 5 or more ($25 per member/$30 per non-member)
  • Pre-registration is required
Contact Information: Elisabeth Zafiris
215-482-7300

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Cacoosing Meadows Park
REEDY AND EVANS HILLS ROADS
SINKING SPRING, PA 19608

WHEN: 06/28/2014 6:30 PM-9:00 AM

Bring the tent and athe whole family to join us for a night under the stars and around the campfire for marshmallows, storytelling, and family fun! Tent set-up starts at 6:30 pm on Saturday June 28th and breakfast will be served on Sunday!

  • The event is free, but registration is required.
  • To register, please call the Parks and Rec. Office at 610-678-5399 ext. 2 - registration deadline is Friday June 20th at 12:00pm
  • The campout will be cancelled in the event of rain

For more information about Cacoosing Meadows Park, please click here

Contact Information:
Township of Spring Parks and Recreation Department
parksandrec@springtwpberks.org
610-678-5399 ext. 2

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Tenley Park
OLD SANDBANK ROAD
EVERETT, PA 15537

WHEN: 6/28/2014 4:00 PM- 11:00 AM

Tenley Park is a 77 acre community park with multiple trails and 2 small ponds and a playground for children.  Campers need all camping equipment and can bring dinner and breakfast foods of their liking.  No water source on site, but restrooms are available.

  • Walk-ins welcome
  • Parking is available
  • 100 campsites available
  • FREE event
  • Go to www.everetttrailtown.com for more information

Contact information:
Mike Teeter
tenleypark@yahoo.com
www.everetttrailtown.com

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Anne Springs Close Greenway
841 SPRINGFIELD PARKWAY
FORT MILL, SC 29715

WHEN: 6/27/2014 5:30 PM- 10:00 AM

Bring your family for a night of fun out under the stars at the Adventure Center on the Anne Springs Close Greenway. We'll have fun activities for all ages! Activities will include a guided family-friendly hike, kayaking, fishing and more!

Advanced registration is required, please click here to register

Contact information:
Mina McLean
803-546-1010
minamclean@ascgreenway.org

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The Greens at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center
RIVERWALK PARKWAY
ROCK HILL, SC 29732

WHEN: 06/28/2014 4:00 PM- 10:00 AM

PRT is proud to offer a free family movie night under the stars followed by a campout at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center Greens as part of the Great American Backyard Campout. Families participating in the Great American Back Yard Campout are invited to setup their tents and bring a picnic style dinner. A free continental breakfast will be provided to campers courtesy of EarthFare.

Campsites must be reserved in advance for a $5 fee per tent space- click here to reserve your campsite

Contact Information:
Hope Matthews
803-817-5122
hope.matthews@cityofrockhill.com

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Wyatt Ranch
1420 MEEKINS ROAD
CLEVELAND, TX 77328

WHEN: 6/28/2014 4:00 PM- 7:00 AM

We invite you, your family, and friends to camp under the Texas Stars. Campout in a clean, safe and secure environment with us as we create lasting outdoor memories. Whether you are interested in roasting hotdogs, making s'mores, building a warm fire, or just hanging with friends, we welcome you to join us. There is no age limit for campers or limit on group sizes.

For more information and to register, please click here

Contact Information:
Chandra Dunston
713-819-5843

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Lake Arrowhead State Park
229 PARK ROAD 63
WICHITA FALLS, TX 76310

WHEN: 6/28/2014 7:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Join Lake Arrowhead State Park for a campout on June 28th with a nature scavenger hunt, owl calling, s'mores making and a local bird rehabber will bring a live owl! Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information about Lake Arrowhead State Park, click here 

Contact Information:

Terry McKee
940-766-4097
dgm59@aol.com

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park
11012 EDMONDS LANE
DELAPLANE, VA 20144-1710

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Rich in history, the park has rolling pastures and woodlands, scenic vistas and provides a look into a bygone era. The park also has access to the Appalachian Trail and a primitive hike-in campground, as well as picnicking, hiking and riding trails, interpretive programs and a visitor center/gift shop. Size: 1,862 acres.

  • Pre-registration for campsites are $26.06 (includes tax) Click here to register in advance
  • Walk-in registrations (based on availability) are $40 + tax
  • 40 total sites available
  • Campsites are for up to 6 individuals; one large tent (4-6 person tent) or two small tents (2-person tents)
  • Parking for two vehicles is included with campsite
  • Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday is included with campsite fees; vegetarians accommodated but other food allergies are not

Contact Information:
Christa Kermode
540-592-3556
skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov
Click here to register

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Bear Creek Lake
22 BEAR CREEK LAKE ROAD
CUMBERLAND, VA 23040

WHEN: 06/28/2014

As a part of the Great American Backyard Campout, we will be offering a variety of introductory basic outdoor skill programs. Enjoy an intro to GPS and geocaching or try your hand at archery. Our 6 p.m. Campfire Making will give you hints to getting your campfire toasty in no time at all!  

Campsites are $20-$30 per night and parking is $4 per car.

Contact Information:
804-492-4410
bearcreek@dcr.virginia.gov

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Belle Isle State Park
1632 BELLE ISLE ROAD
LANCASTER, VA 22503

WHEN: 06/28/2014 2:00 PM- 10:00 AM

If you've always wanted to take your family camping but weren't sure where to start, here's your chance to learn. Get help setting up your tent, cook over a campfire, go hiking, make a nature craft, and just have fun outdoors. We have some fun activities planned and of course a campfire with s'mores! You will also have time to spend with your own family, making memories.

  • $50 per family
  • Cost include campsite, activities and food

Advanced registration is required, call 804-462-5030 to reserve

Contact Information:
804-462-5030
belleisle@dcr.virginia.gov

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Caledon State Park
11617 CALEDON ROAD

KING GEORGE, VA 22485

WHEN: 06/28/2014 1:00 PM-9:00 AM

At this good old-fashioned backyard camp-out, there will be hayrides, a cookout, campfire stories, a firefly hunt and more. Bring your sleeping bag and tent. It's only $25 per family. Reservations are required. It will be held rain or shine.


Contact Information:
540-663-3861
caledon@dcr.virginia.gov

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Claytor Lake State Park
6620 BEN H. BOLEN DRIVE
DUBLIN, VA 23084

WHEN: 06/28/2014 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Are you ready to reunite with the simple joys found in nature?  A good old fashioned camping experience is just what you need! Registered families will enjoy all the usual perks of the park including swimming.  Participants will also enjoy an overnight camping experience complete with basic camping instruction, and many other fun filled outdoor activities, including; Canoeing, Campfire Cooking, and Fishing. 

  • $30 per family of four
  • Event registration ends at maximum of 30 people
  • Breakfast provided on Sunday

Contact Information:
540-643-2500

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Chippokes Plantation
695 CHIPPOKES PARK ROAD
SURRY, VA 23883

WHEN: 06/27/2014 9:00 AM- 9:00 PM

Bring a tent, grab your marshmallows, and spend the night in the tranquility of the outdoors. Programs include fishing, fossil walk and canoeing.

  • Campsites are $30 per night plus tax and a $5 transaction fee
  • Parking available at $5 per car
  • Call 800-933-7275 to make camping reservations

Contact Information:
757-294-3439
chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov

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Douthat State Park
14239 DOUTHAT STATE PARK ROAD
MILLBORO, VA 24460

WHEN: 06/28/2014 11:00 AM

Join us for Geocaching at the Discovery Center and Survival Bracelet 101. Learn Who Made Those Tracks? to identify wildlife tracks and finish the day with s’mores, stories and songs around the campfire.

Campsites are $26 or $30 per night plus sales tax and a $5 transaction fee. If coming for the day only, there is a per car parking fee of $5.

Contact Information:
540-862-8100
douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

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False Cape State Park
4011 SANDPIPER ROAD
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23456

WHEN: 06/28/2014 4:00 PM- 11:00 AM

Ever wanted to experience primitive camping? Not sure you know what to bring? Is it for you? Well, here is your chance to learn what it takes to become a primitive camper, but with some help. False Cape State Park will be participating in the Great American Backyard Campout. Reserve your space and learn valuable tips on backpack camping, how to plan a trip, and being prepared. Cost is $20 per person.

Contact Information: 757-426-7128 falsecape@dcr.virginia.gov

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Fairy Stone State Park
967 FAIRYSTONE LAKE DRIVE
STUART, VA 24171

WHEN: 06/28/2014

For this statewide special program, come learn about campfire construction techniques at our newly constructed fire pit. We'll provide S'mores and marshmallows to roast too. Feel free to bring a musical instrument and jam a little. Or, if you're a good story teller, please come share one with us. Campsites are $30.00 per night plus sales tax.

Contact Information:
276-930-2424
fairystone@dcr.virginia.gov

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Grayson Highlands State Park
829 GRAYSON HIGHLANDS LANE
MOUTH OF WILSON, VA 24363

WHEN: 06/28/2014 1:00 PM

Free camping for a limited number of visitors!  Please meet at 1 p.m. by the Picnic Area playground to set up. There will also be a variety of free activities, including Backpacking 101, a gear demo, a short hike, dutch oven cooking, and astronomy. Spots are limited so pre-registration is required!

Contact Information:
276-579-7092
graysonhighlands@dcr.virginia.gov

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Holliday Lake State Park
2759 STATE PARK ROAD
APPOMATTOX, VA 24522

WHEN: 06/28/2014 3:00 PM- 10:00 AM

Escape from the stresses of everyday life, reconnect with your family, and enjoy a relaxing night in nature! If you've always wanted to take your family camping but weren't sure where to start, here's your chance to learn! Get help setting up your tent, go hiking, make a nature craft, and just have fun outdoors. We have some fun activities planned and of course a campfire with s'mores! You will also have time to spend with your own family, making memories.

  • $30.00 per family
  • Cost includes campsite, activities and food
  • Advanced registration is required

Contact Information:
434-248-6308
hollidaylake@dcr.virginia.gov

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Hungry Mother State Park
2854 PARK BOULEVARD
MARION, VA 24354

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Camp out with America at Hungry Mother State Park!  Join us for a free night of group camping.  Everyone welcome, even beginners.  You must have your own camping supplies, food, and drinks.  Camp out will start at 11:00 a.m. with a demonstration on how to set up a proper campsite and Leave No Trace.  After the discussion, everyone will pick a site and set up.  Activities will be planned all day long.

Space is limited, so please call 276-781-7415 to schedule your group.

Contact Information:
276-781-7415
hungrymother@dcr.virginia.gov

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James River State Park
104 GREEN HILL DRIVE
GLADSTONE, VA 24553

WHEN: 06/28/2014

In recognition of the Great American Backyard Campout, we are having a special event specifically for first time campers!  If you have been interested in learning about this wonderful pastime, then today is your day to try!  We will have either Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts on hand to help you set up if you like, and there will be park staff and volunteers available to answer your questions.  We have set aside the Group Campsite that night for those of you that wish to try their hand camping with us here at the park!  After dark, we will have a campfire, roast marshmallows, and tell stories.  We do have limited space available, so you will need to call the park in advance to reserve a spot for this event.

Contact Information:
434-933-4355
jamesriver@dcr.virginia.gov

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Kiptopeke State Park
3540 KIPTOPEKE DRIVE
CAPE CHARLES, VA 23310

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Are you a little tangled? Come learn some helpful camping and fishing knots at the fishing pier gazebo at 2 p.m. What is more relaxing than sitting around a campfire after a day of exploring? Join us for stories and music at 8 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. Also, learn how to roast a marshmallow. You will quickly find out if you enjoy it completely burned.

Contact Information:
757-331-2267
kiptopeke@dcr.virginia.gov

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Lake Anna State Park
6800 LAWYERS ROAD
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA 22551

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Do you and your family enjoy camping or just relaxing in the great outdoors? Or maybe you've never stepped foot in a tent. We've got fun for every skill level. Check out our programs that will expand your skills and make your next trip to the woods even more fun. Learn to start your campfire without any matches using our flint and steel or tackle our Orienteering Course while discovering how to navigate by compass and win a prize! We'll cap off the evening with a special Campfire at our campfire circle. All programs are FREE and open to the public!

Contact Information:
540-854-5503
lakeanna@dcr.virginia.gov

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Leesylvania State Park
2001 DANIEL K LUDWIG DRIVE
WOODBRIDGE, VA 22191

WHEN: 06/21/2014 7:30 PM- 7:00 AM

Come for a campout with a ranger at Bushey Point Campground! We will set up camp, go for a night hike, tell campfire stories, and make S'mores! Families will need to bring their own camping supplies and any food they will want for dinner and breakfast. $5.00 per family.

New to camping? Email us and we will send you a list of recommended supplies.

Contact Information:
703-583-6904
genevieve.white@dcr.virginia.gov

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New River Trail State Park
176 ORPHANAGE DRIVE
MAX MEADOWS, VA 24360

WHEN: 06/28/2014 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM

New River Trail State will bring you the Greatest American Back Yard Campout ever! Feel free to bring your fishing poles, pack a lunch, and be ready to have a ton of fun! We will start this adventure by biking along the New River Trail to Austinsville. Once in Austinsville we will stop for lunch and then hop in kayaks and paddle back to Foster Falls We will be making stops along the way to do studies in macro invertebrates, bird watching, and survival skills! We couldn't just stop there; once we arrive back at Foster Falls we are camping out on Baker Island, where we will test our primitive skills. No campout would be complete without campfire cooking, owl prowls, campfire stories, and yes S'mores!

  • $25.00 per person
  • Children 11 and older

Contact Information:
276-699-6778
newrivertrail@dcr.virginia.gov

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Natural Tunnel State Park
1420 NATURAL TUNNEL PARKWAY
DUFFIELD, VA 24244

WHEN: 06/28/2014 2:00 PM- 11:00 AM

Natural Tunnel State Park (NTSP) is encouraging families to dust off the camping gear, and come out for an exciting camping opportunity. The following events have been prepared for your camping enjoyment: 10x16 Campsite, 2 meals & snacks, suggested packing list, admission to The Lighting of the Tunnel event (June 28th at 7pm), 1 free chair lift ride, astronomy program, outdoor cooking lesson, ranger led hike, crafts, and other fun events.

  • Cost is $25.00 per family
  • Registration deadline is 6/18 at 4:30pm

Contact Information:
276-940-1643
megan.krager@dcr.virginia.gov

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Occoneechee State Park
1192 OCCONEECHEE PARK ROAD
CLARKSVILLE, VA 23927

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Take a time-out from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy one of America's oldest pastimes...camping! Enjoy a peaceful night on Bugg's Island Lake by staying in one of our many campsites or cabins. Also, join us for the various programs going on all weekend including a guided hike of Tutelo Birding Trail, wagon ride through the park and many crafts!

Contact Information:
434-374-2210
occoneechee@dcr.virginia.gov

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Pocahontas State Park
10301 STATE PARK ROAD
CHESTERFIELD, VA 23832

WHEN: 06/28/2014

Come campout at Pocahontas State Park and enjoy fun programs including live music, outdoor survival presentation, wildlife encounters, campfire stories and s’mores! All programs are free and open to anyone camping in the campground!

  • $30.00 per night per campsite
  • For camping reservations, call 800-933-7275

Contact Information:
804-796-4255
pocahontas@dcr.virginia.gov

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Powhatan State Park
4616 POWHATAN STATE PARK ROAD
POWHATAN, VA 23239

WHEN: 06/28/2014 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Enjoy a fun-filled 24 hours of tent camping related programs and activities including setting up camp, guided hikes, games, geocaching and orienteering, campfire and Dutch oven cooking demonstrations with Old Dominion Iron Chefs, Astronomy program with Richmond Astronomical Society, and much more! No experience necessary!

  • Fee is $20.00 per family
  • All ages welcome
  • Fee includes all programs and activities

Contact Information:
804-598-7148
powhatan@dcr.virginia.gov

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Clinch River Farms
630 ESTATES DRIVE
POUNDING MILL, VA 24637

WHEN: 06/26/2014 

This camp out is part of Mountain Kids Summer Camps for children – Rock & Roll S.T.E.M. Science Camp from June 23-27! For more information about summer camp, visit www.Mtkids.org.

Contact Information:
Sara Sheets
276-202-5437
sara.sheets@mtkids.org

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Smith Mountain Lake State Park
1235 STATE PARK ROAD
HUDDLESTON, VA 24104

WHEN: 06/28/2014 12:00 PM- 9:00 AM

Camp with a Ranger! Join the park naturalist for fun activities during this special overnight event. Discover the great adventures awaiting you as close as your own backyard, no matter where you live! You will enjoy learning how to start a fire, stargazing, exploring the creatures of the night, roasting marshmallows and more.

  • Registrations are required - call 540-297-6066 to reserve
  • Campsites are $20 or $30 per night plus tax
  • All programs are free
  • Event held rain or shine

Contact Information:
540-297-6066
smlake@dcr.virginia.gov

Washington

West Virginia

Cranberry Mountain Nature Center
JUNCTION OF ROUTE 150 and ROUTE 39/55
HILLSBORO, WV 24946

WHEN: 06/28/2014 5:00 PM- 7:30 AM

This event is geared toward families with younger children and will include programs on star gazing, night sounds, Camp Oh-No, nocturnal insect hunt and an outdoor movie. Dinner will be hot dogs and s’mores on the campfire, with cereal for breakfast Sunday Morning.

Campout is free but must register ahead due to limited space.

Contact Information:
Rosanna Springston
304-653-4826

Wisconsin

Pringle Nature Center
9800 160th AVENUE
BRISTOL, WI 53104

WHEN: 06/28/2014 5:00 PM- 9:00 AM

Pitch your tent at Pringle Nature Center as we provide a memorable experience of what it’s like to sleep out under the stars and listening to the sounds of the night. Bring your own food to cook over the fire or have hot dogs for dinner and oatmeal for breakfast with us. We’ll enjoy calling owls, s’mores, and a campfire. All children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of weather, we will sleep inside the nature center.

Pre-registration is required – click here to register online

Contact Information:
Valerie Mann
262-857-8008
naturalist@pringlenc.org

Wyoming

Boyd Skinner Park
S SHANLEY AVENUE
PINEDALE, WY 82941

WHEN:  6/27/2014 4:00 PM- 8:30 AM

The Pinedale Aquatic Center and the Town of Pinedale are joining together to host the first ever Pinedale community wide campout. Bring your tents for a night of fun as we celebrate the outdoors while camping in Boyd Skinner Park (Burzlander addition). Bring a side dish or dessert to share for our pot-luck dinner.  Enjoy a visit from Smokey the Bear, explore the natural habitat around Pine Creek, and enjoy some camp fire songs, stories and s'mores.

Contact information:
Amber Anderson
307-367-2832
aanderson@pinedaleaquatic.com

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