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Public Campouts

If you don't see your area listed below, host your own public Campout!

The list below will allow you to search for public events in your area. If you don’t see the event you are looking for, check back soon, as more events are added regularly.

Two Rivers Park
1110 River Street
Fillmore, CA 93015

Saturday 6/22 3:00PM-10:00AM

Join us for our Campout event on Saturday June 22nd! All tent types welcome.

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Krista Martinez
805-582-1500 ext 713
recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us


Point Bonita YMCA
981 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965

Saturday 6/15 12:30PM-10:30AM

Each year we host this event to explore and celebrate our National Park through games, hikes, a Golden Gate National Recreation Area park ranger-led campfire and good food! 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's gear library. If borrowing camping gear, please indicate which items you would like to reserve when you purchase the tickets.

Contact Info:
Rebecca Montgomery
415-331-9650
mailto:rmontgomery@ymcasf.org

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

Saturday 6/22 3:30PM-9:30AM

Join us for an evening full of fun and adventure by camping out in New Canaan’s favorite backyard! We’ll provide a classic camping-style barbecue dinner, all ages and adults are welcome to BYOB. Just bring your own tents, camp gear, and snacks, we’ll provide the rest!

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

Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Thunderbird Youth Camp on Thunderbird Rd
Naperville, IL 60565

Saturday 6/15 1:00PM-11:00AM

Bring your tent and gear to a family-fun campout that's part of the National Wildlife Federation's nationwide event! Enjoy picnic games, archery, nature activities, a guided night hike and an egg-drop contest. Campfire dinner, s'mores and continental breakfast included.

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

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne-Parkview
10001 Dawson's Creek Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Saturday 6/22 3:00PM-8:30AM

We look forward to seeing you at our event this summer! Check out our website in May for more information.

Contact Info:
Mellissa Depew
260-755-4847
Mellissa_Depew@fwymca.org


Mill Race Park
50 Carl Miske Drive
Columbus, IN 47201

Saturday 9/7 2:00PM-10:00AM

We invite you and your family to our annual family campout event at Mill Race Park! Join us for an overnight camping trip intended to provide your family with a chance to participate in a number of different activities, experience nature, unplug, and create lifelong memories! Price per person includes a t-shirt, dinner and breakfast (children 2 & under free)!

Contact Info:
Nikki Murphy
812-376-2680
nmurphy@columbus.in.gov

North Liberty Recreation Center
520 W. Cherry St.
North Liberty, IA 52317

Saturday 6/22 3:00PM-9:00AM

Join fellow North Libertarians in a backyard community wide campout to promote the nationwide Great American Campout! Rain date is June 29.

Contact Info:
Matt Meseck
319-626-5750
mmeseck@northlibertyiowa.org


West Des Moines City Campus
4200 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Saturday 6/22 7:00PM-10:00AM

Activities will include nature walks at Southwoods Park, campfire stories, s'mores, a movie on the big screen, fishing, crafts and games. Evening snacks and a light breakfast will be provided.

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Allison Ullestad
allison.ullestad@wdm.iowa.gov

Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Piket
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Saturday 6/22 1:00PM-10:00AM

Sleep under the stars at Patapsco Valley State Park. Enjoy s'mores, stargazing, nature hikes, and campfire songs. Bring your tent, sleeping bags, and your sense of adventure. This event is free and space is limited.

Contact Info:
Debra Joseph
410-461-5005
volunteerpatapsco.dnr@maryland.gov


South River Farm Park
3553 Loch Haven Drive
Edgewater, MD 20137

Saturday 6/22 6:00PM-9:00AM

Experience the joys of sleeping outdoors in this overnight camping excursion. Enjoy an evening of hiking, s'mores and snacks by the fire, and stargazing all without leaving Anne Arundel County.

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

Contact Info:
Jessica Hardy
443-603-3460
rphard48@aacounty.org

Ramona Park
8600 S Sprinkle Road
Portage, MI 49002

Saturday 6/22 3:00PM-10:30AM

Enjoy a pig roast dinner, s'mores, popcorn and a light breakfast at the Great American Campout. Swim at the beach, go on a ranger led hike, make leaf etchings, and enjoy other family friendly activities. To end the evening, we will be showing the original Parent Trap movie outdoors under the stars.

Contact Info:
Staci Salisbury
312-502-2969
stacisalisbury@yahoo.com

Wilson Rozier Ballfield
38 Park Ave
Farmington, MO 63640

Saturday 6/22 4:00PM-8:00AM

Join us for the 2019 Great American Campout and Night at the Ballpark 2019, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Hulsey! We will have activities and games, then a Viewer's Choice Movie, then campout under the lights!

Contact Info:
John Bader
573-756-0900
jbader@farmington-mo.gov

Bridgeport SRA & Wildcat Hills
210615 NE-71
Gering, NE 69341

Friday 6/21-6/23

Becoming an Outdoor Family is provided to families who are new to camping and the outdoors. With the expert guidance of our instructors, we will teach you how to fish, camp, kayak, and cook outdoors, among other activities, in a relaxed and safe environment.

Contact Info:
Christy Christiansen
402-471-5547
christy.christiansen@nebraska.gov

Tuck Field
38 Park Ave
Hampton, NH 03842

Saturday 6/22 5:00PM-9:00AM

This is a tent only campout. No RVs or trailers of any kind. Family friendly please leave pets at home.

Contact Info:
Rene Boudreau
603-926-3932
rlboudreau@town.hampton.nh.us

Lake Julian Park
406 Overlook Road Extension
Arden, NC 28704

Saturday 6/22 6:00PM-8:00AM

Buncombe County Recreation Services will open Lake Julian Park up for a night of camping and outdoor adventures. Each 20 ft x 20 ft campsite is $20. The event is intended to be a low frill backyard campout; attendees will need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags.

Contact Info:
Chris Bubenik
828-250-6706
chris.bubenik@buncombecounty.org

Southdale Park
3036 Bellflower Street
Kettering, OH 45409

Saturday 6/22 6:00PM-8:00AM

Join the Great Kettering Camp-out at the Habitat. Enjoy roasting s’mores, campfire stories, a night hike in the woods, and so much more for campers to enjoy. Bring a picnic dinner for your family, and we will provide dessert and a pancake breakfast in the morning. One campsite registration is required per family (two tents).

Contact Info:
Kerri Miles
937-296-2477
kerri.miles@ketteringoh.org


Governor Bebb Campground
1979 Bebb Park Lane
Okeana, OH 45053

Saturday 6/22 7:00PM-11:00PM

Join us under the stars at Governor Bebb MetroPark’s Dry Fork Campground. Activities include roasting marshmallows, a guided night-hike, live animals, and astronomy. Overnight camping is highly encouraged, but not required!

  • Pre-registration is required by 6/21, please call 513-867-5835

Contact Info:
Chelsea Wallace
513-867-5835
cwallace@yourmetroparks.net


Hintermeister Park
1300 Mayrose Drive
West Carrollton, OH 45449

Saturday 6/8 7:00PM-9:00AM

Family Campout - Games, s'mores, songs, & stars around the campfire. Must bring sleeping bags, chairs, etc. Tents recommended. No RVs/car camping.

Contact Info:
Heidi Van Antwerp
404-316-8473
hvanantwerp@westcarrollton.org


Possum Creek MetroPark
4790 Frytown Road
Dayton, OH 45417

Saturday 6/22 3:00PM-10:00AM

Join us as we take the National Wildlife Federation's pledge to celebrate camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Pack the tent and the family; we'll provide the hotdogs, campfire and s'mores.

Contact Info:
Margaret Mueller
630-850-8110
mmueller@metroparks.org

Cacoosing Meadows Park
1049 Reedy Road
Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Saturday 6/22 5:00PM-9:00AM

Bring the whole family to join us for a night under the stars and around the campfire for marshmallows, a movie and family memories. Light Continental Campers' Breakfast included!

  • Pre-registration is required, please call to register

Contact Info:
Judy Houck
610-678-5399
parksandrec@springtwpberks.org

Anne Springs Close Greenway
104 Adventure Road
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Saturday 6/22 3:00PM-10:00AM

Grab your sleeping bags and come join us for a night under the stars! We'll have fishing, kayaking, archery, a scavenger hunt, a Night Explorations Hike and, of course, a hot dog dinner followed by s'mores!

Contact Info:
Sara Lee
803-547-4575
saralee@ascgreenway.org

Dixon Park
1300 Dixon St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Friday 6/21 6:00PM-10:00AM

Enjoy an evening of games, campfire, s’mores and activities at the pool. Patrons will have the opportunity to camp at Dixon Park and enjoy dinner and breakfast poolside.

Contact Info:
Jennifer Casarotti
540-372-1086
jlcasarotti@fredericksburgva.gov

Riversedge Nature Center
W4166 Co Rd A
Waubeka, WI 53021

Saturday 7/27 5:00PM-9:00AM

Join a Riveredge Naturalist for a unique opportunity to experience Riveredge after hours. Spend the evening exploring the trails, looking for night creatures, catching fireflies or relaxing at the campfire.

Contact Info:
Stefanie Merten
262-375-2715
smerten@riveredge.us