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Public Campouts

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Point Bonita YMCA
981 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965

Saturday 6/3 11:00AM-11:00AM

Connect with nature & wildlife, while enjoying s'mores, hikes, and more! No camping gear of your own? No problem! All camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, and pads will be available courtesy of Bay Area Wilderness Training.

  • $45 per adult/$30 per youth 18 and under
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Emilee Adao
415-331-9483
eadao@ymcasf.org


Edna Hill Middle School Field
Lawrence Lane
Brentwood, CA 94513

Saturday 6/24 2:00PM-9:00AM

Join us for Brentwood Chamber's 2nd Annual Great American Campout! This is a free community event perfect for families of all ages. You will need to provide your own tents and camp supplies.

Contact Info:
Laura Young
708-748-2005
Admin@brentwoodchamber.com

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park
600 N Sherwood
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Friday 6/23 6:00PM-9:00AM

Camp out in the pasture as a family! Bring your tent and sleeping bags for an evening of hayrides, singing around the "campfire," and s'mores. Hot dogs, chips, and lemonade, and a light breakfast included.

Contact Info:
Bridget Brownell
303-221-6665
bbrownell@fcgov.com

New Canaan Nature Center
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840

Saturday 6/24 3:30PM-9:30AM

Join us for an evening full of fun, camp tunes, a night hike, and the adventure of camping in New Canaan's favorite backyard! We’ll provide a classic camping-style barbecue dinner and all are invited to enjoy field games, music and all around fun on the Green!

  • Members $85 per family/Non-members $110 per family
  • Pre-registration is required by 6/22, please register here

Contact Info:
Michelle Hips
203-966-9577
mhips@newcanaannature.org

No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Thunderbird Youth Campground
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Saturday 6/24 1:00PM-11:00AM

Join the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County for a family campout! Bring your tent and gear for a family-fun campout with picnic games, archery, a scavenger hunt, evening nature programs, a guided night hike and an egg-drop contest. Campfire dinner, s'mores and continental breakfast included. All ages; under 18 with an adult.

  • $15 per person
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jennifer Rydzewski
630-850-8110
jrydzewski@dupageforest.org


Central Park
Lakewood & Orchard
Park Forest, IL 60466

Friday 6/23 4:00PM-12:00PM

Join the Park Forest Recreation & Parks Advisory Board and Recreation & Parks Department June 23rd with an overnight campout in Park Forest's beautiful Central Park. Dog friendly event including nature crafts and practicing useful camping skills like first aid and map reading. Limited number of tents available for $10 each.

  • $5 per person (children under 4 are free)
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Rob Gunther
708-748-2005
rgunther@vopf.com


Hidden Oaks Nature Center
419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Saturday 6/24 5:00PM-9:00AM

Join Peabody Recreation for a memorable evening under the stars camping out at Brooksby Farm. We will provide grillable foods for dinner, snacks over the fire in the evening, and a light breakfast in the morning.

  • $15 per family of 6
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Melinda Weaver
630-739-2600
mweaver@bolingbrookparks.org

No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
Finchville Park
5311 Taylorsville Road
Finchville, KY 40022

Saturday 6/24 5:00PM-10:00AM

Join us at Finchville Park for a family fun campout with picnic games, evening nature programs, park hike, nature crafts, campfire dinner, smores and breakfast to go. Camping supplies/accessories not provided.

  • $5 per person
  • Pre-registration is required by June 21, please call to register

Contact Info:
Ashley Coulter
502-633-5059
acoulter@shelbycountyparks.com


Jefferson Memorial Forest
12304 Holsclaw Hill Rd
Brooks, KY 40109

Saturday 6/24 5:00PM-10:00AM

Jefferson Memorial Forest will provide the campfire, s’mores, night hikes and star gazing activities; you provide your dinner, breakfast, and tent. In the morning you will have the day to explore the Forest; hiking any of our 35 miles of trails, fishing at Tom Wallace Lake with free fishing poles provided at the Welcome Center, or unleashing your adventurous side with GoApe tree-top adventure course.

  • $25 per family up to 4 people
  • Pre-registration is required, please call 502-368-5404 to register

Contact Info:
Matt Douthitt
502-366-5432
james.douthitt@louisvilleky.gov

No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Saturday 6/24 10:00AM-10:00AM

Staff will guide campers from tent up to tent down, featuring environmentally friendly camping practices, day and night hikes, animal programs, 2 group meals, an evening campfire, stargazing, and family time.

  • $40 per campsite
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Beth Mays
301-627-6074
Beth.Mays@pgparks.com

Skyfields Arboretum
1461 Old Keene Rd
Athol, MA 01331

Saturday 6/24 3:00PM-10:00AM

Everyone is invited, especially first-time campers, to spend a night outdoors at Skyfields Arboretum in Athol! Take part in the nationwide Great American Campout to learn about basic camping skills, cooking, and have fun! Join old friends and new for a cook-out, games, art, nature, and trail-side adventures. If you need a tent, just give us a call and let us know in advance

Contact Info:
Katy Ziemlak
978-248-2043
outreach_americorps@mountgrace.org


Brooksby Farm
54 Felton Street
Peabody, MA 01960

Friday 6/9 4:00PM-9:00AM

Join Peabody Recreation for a memorable evening under the stars camping out at Brooksby Farm. We will provide grillable foods for dinner, snacks over the fire in the evening, and a light breakfast in the morning.

  • $40 per family
  • Pre-registration is required by 6/7, please register here

Contact Info:
Maureen Sammon
978-536-7132
maureen.sammon@peabody-ma.gov

No public campouts in this state yet.
Dark Star Wildlife Center
18743 County Road 12
Pengilly, MN 55775

Saturday 6/24 2:00PM-9:30AM

Pack up your tent, sleeping bags and flashlight for a night of camping! We will have hot dogs, chips and s’mores for supper and provide breakfast in the morning. Activities include a bonfire, nature walk, star gazing, campfire stories and an animals of the night presentation.

  • Walk ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Jody Benolken
218-256-3832
darkstarwildlife@gmail.com


Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Friday 7/7 6:30PM-9:30AM

Join the Zoo to learn new camping skills (like setting up a tent or having a safe campfire), play games, and learn about MN wildlife. Fee includes dinner, breakfast, a tent and sleeping mat to use, T-shirt, Zoo admission + parking.

  • $47 per person Zoo members/$55 per person non-members
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Liz Dengate
952-431-9363
liz.e.dengate@state.mn.us

No public campouts in this state yet.
Moon Valley Park
500 Chestnut Circle
Raymore, MO 64083

Saturday 6/24 3:00PM-10:00AM

Join Raymore Parks and Recreation for a campout at Moon Valley Park! We will offer meals and campfire fun for the whole family.

  • $12 per person ages 5 and up
  • Pre-registration is required by June 16, please register here

Contact Info:
Jerri Lynn Keith
816-322-2791
jkeith@raymore.com


Engler Park
651 Vargo Road
Farmington, MO 63640

Saturday 6/24 6:00PM-8:00AM

This is an opportunity to get outdoors and spend the night in beautiful Engler Park and celebrate nature! Fee includes hot dog dinner and s’mores.

Contact Info:
Dustin Unger
573-756-0900
dunger@farmington-mo.gov


Lewis and Clark State Park
801 Lakecrest Blvd
Rushville, MO 64484

Saturday 6/24 9:00PM-10:00PM

Get into the outdoors for the Great American Campout! We will go on a nighttime adventure along one of the trails in the park. You will learn how to identify owls by call and find out which mammals are nocturnal.

Contact Info:
Park Office
816-640-5443
LewisandClarkStatePark@dnr.mo.gov


Crowder State Park
76 MO-128
Trenton, MO 64683

Saturday 6/24 9:00PM-10:00PM

Meet park staff at the campground amphitheater for a program about spiders. During this informative program, you will learn about spiders found in Missouri and go on a short hike in attempt to find spiders at Crowder State Park.

Contact Info:
Park Office
660-359-6473
CrowderStatePark@dnr.mo.gov


Weston Bend State Park
16600 Missouri 45
Weston, MO 64098

Saturday 6/24 2:00PM-4:00PM

Take an afternoon hike during the Great American Campout! Meet park staff at the parking lot near the overlook and follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. Learn about the plants and animals found along the Missouri River.

Contact Info:
Park Office
816-640-5443
WestonBendStatePark@dnr.mo.gov


Harry S Truman State Park
28761 State Park Road West
Warsaw, MO 65366

Saturday 6/24 6:00PM

To celebrate the annual Great American Campout weekend, the park will host an outdoor cooking demonstration featuring Dutch oven cooking. Park staff will demonstrate the proper and safe way to use Dutch ovens. You can prepare tasty camping food, which can be a fun family activity, while camping and produce delicious food for your outing.

Contact Info:
Park Office
660-438-7711
HarrySTrumanStatePark@dnr.mo.gov


Washington State Park
13041 State Hwy 104
De Soto, MO 63020

Saturday 6/24 6:00PM-10:00AM

Enjoy a weekend full of camping events at Washington State Park! Includes s’mores, petroglyph tour, camping safety and moonlight hike.

  • Pre-registration is recommended, please call for more information

Contact Info:
Park Office
636-586-5768
WashingtonStatePark@dnr.mo.gov

No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
Santa Fe Children's Musuem
1050 Old Pecos Trail
Sante Fe, NM 87505

Saturday 6/24 5:30PM-10:00AM

We will be providing a BBQ dinner, a light breakfast, s'mores, campfire entertainment and more. Registration opens 5/15.

  • $50 per member/$75 per non-member
  • Pre-registration is required by June 16, please call to register

Contact Info:
Tammy McLellan
505-989-8359 ext 123
tmclellan@santafechildrensmuseum.org

No public campouts in this state yet.
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Road
Raleigh, NC 27614

Friday 6/23 6:00PM-11:00AM

Families gather for an overnight experience complete with a naturalist-led night hike, a light Dutch oven dinner, s'mores for the kids, breakfast and time for fishing and boating in the morning. Your gear will be hauled by vehicle to the primitive, lakeside campsite that we will call home for the night!

  • $20 per adult/$15 per youth
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Hannah Lee
919-870-2871
Hannah.Lee@raleighnc.gov


Lake Julian Park
406 Overlook Extension
Arden, NC 28704

Saturday 6/24 4:00PM-10:00AM

Join us at Lake Julian Park for camping under the stars. Enjoy outdoor activities and dinner will be provided.

  • Pre-registration is required by June 16, please call to register

Contact Info:
Lynn Pegg
828-250-6707
lynn.pegg@buncombecounty.org


Camp GuilRock
531 Beville Road
Reidsville, NC 27320

Saturday 6/24 12:00PM-7:30PM

This is a free camping event which dinner, s’mores, and breakfast on Sunday. Activities will include fishing, field games, canoeing and kayaking, hiking tours and a bonfire Saturday night.

Contact Info:
Jason Boggs
336-342-1951
campguilrock@gmail.com


LeBauer Park
208 N Davie Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

Saturday 6/17 5:00PM-10:00AM

Join us for a Father's Day Campout in the new LeBauer Park in Greensboro! All father figures and families are welcome to join us for storytelling, campout games, a movie under the stars and more! Dinner, midnight snacks, and a breakfast included.

  • $40 per family of 4
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jenna Lacey
336-416-8150
Programming@greensborodowntownparks.org

No public campouts in this state yet.
Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Lawrence Lane
Brentwood, CA 94513

Friday 6/23-6/25 4:00PM-12:00PM

Take a mini vacation to Penitentiary Glen for two nights of outdoor family camping fun. Enjoy nature programs, hikes, campfires, s'mores, storytelling and more. No electrical or water hookups.

Contact Info:
Trevor Wearstler
440-256-1404 X 2109
twearstler@lakemetroparks.com

No public campouts in this state yet.
Ruff Park
1161 66th Street
Springfield, OR 97478

Friday 7/7 3:00PM-10:00AM

Appreciate the great outdoors while sleeping under the stars at Ruff Park. Encouraging families to get outside, enjoy an evening filled with arts and crafts and a movie in park (Rouge One) then morning breakfast provided and yoga.

  • $15 per family
  • Pre-registration is required by June 30, please register here

Contact Info:
Jamie Velazquez
541-736-4504
jamie.velazquez@willamalane.org

Cacoosing Meadows Park
Reedy and Evens Hill Roads
Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Saturday 6/24 5:00PM-9:00AM

Bring the whole family to join us for a night under the stars and around the campfire to marshmallows, a movie and family memories. Free event with continental camper’s breakfast on Sunday.

  • Pre-registration is required by 6/16, please call 610-678-5399 to register

Contact Info:
Park Office
610-678-5399
ldelozier@springtwpberks.org

No public campouts in this state yet.
Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Saturday 6/24 2:00PM-10:00AM

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, fun family games, and a hot dog dinner over the campfire with all the fixings! Then we’ll finish the evening with s’mores and a campfire sing-a-long under the stars!

  • $10 per member or $35 per family of 4
  • $15 per non-member or $45 per family of 4
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Mina McLean MacDonald
803-547-1010
minamclean@ascgreenway.org

No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
1985 CR 2009
Glen Rose, TX 76043

Saturday 6/17 1:00PM-11:00AM

Our campout will be full of educational programs and time to spend in nature! Attendees will be offered a discounted rate for a tour through the park!

  • Pre-registration is required, please call for more information

Contact Info:
Ellie Helton
254-898-4215
ehelton@fossilrim.org

No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
Keister Park
1136 Pouts Hill Road
Strasburg, VA 22657

Saturday 6/24 11:00AM-12:00PM

Join us as we host our first ever Great American Park Campout! Come set up your tent early, then go float the Shenandoah River. Bring a telescope, float tubes, kayaks, sleeping bags and coolers! You are going to love this park!

  • $25 per tent site
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Jered Hoover
540-459-6777
jhoover@shenandoahcountyva.us


Franklin Park
17501 Franklin Park Drive
Purcellville, VA 20132

Saturday 6/24 4:00PM-11:00AM

Join us to celebrate as we share songs, stories, games, activities and food before camping out in the park. Registration fee includes campsite, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and fun activities throughout the evening. You must provide your own tent, sleeping bag and personal camping equipment.

Contact Info:
Julie Edmond
540-338-7603
Julie.Edmond@gmail.com


Hillandale Park
801 Hillandale Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Saturday 6/24 4:00PM-9:30AM

We will be holding our local campout at Hillandale Park. Advance registration is required as we have a limit of 50 tents for this year's event.

  • Pre-registration is required, please email or call to register

Contact Info:
Erik Dart
540-433-9168
erik.dart@harrisonburgva.gov

No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
No public campouts in this state yet.
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