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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.

Point Bonita YMCA
981 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965

Saturday 6/16 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! Let us know what you need, we have it.

Contact Info:
Sean Dries
415-331-9650
ekincaid@ymcasf.org


Marsh Creek Elementary
601 Grant Street
Brentwood, CA 94513

Saturday 6/23 10:00AM-9:00AM

Bring your tent and family to enjoy a night under the stars in your own hometown complete with outdoor activities, hot dog dinner, a movie, and pancake breakfast all FREE!

Contact Info:
Laura Young
925-634-3344
Admin@brentwoodchamber.com

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

Saturday 6/23 3:30PM-9:30AM

You won't want to miss the fun & games on the Green, BBQ dinner, night hike, and campfire complete with S'mores. In the morning, enjoy a light breakfast. Just bring your own tents & camping gear, we'll provide the rest.

  • $85 per family for members/$110 per family for non-members
  • Pre-registration is required by June 21, please register here

Contact Info:
Michelle Hips
203-966-9577 ext. 1042
mhips@newcanaannature.org

Outdoor Activity Center
1442 Richland Road SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-11:00AM

Join us for the 8th Annual Great American Campout. Come out and enjoy food, fun, fellowship, and a night of family camping under the stars. This event is especially geared for first time campers and you will learn how to set up tents, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, take a night hike and nocturnal insect experience!

  • Fees vary by number of campers, check out registration site for details
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
Leslie Johnson
404-752-5385
info@wawa-online.org

Greene Valley Forest Preserve
Youth-Group Campground on Thunderbird Rd
Naperville, IL 60565

Saturday 6/23 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, a scavenger hunt, evening nature programs, 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

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

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

Pack up your tents, sleeping bags and flashlights for a fun night of camping! Activities will include nature walks at Southwoods Park, campfire stories, s'mores, a movie on the big screen, fishing, crafts and games.

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Allison Ullestad
515-222-3455
allison.ullestad@wdm.iowa.gov

Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation
5320 Normandy Drive
Fort Riley, KS 66442

Friday 6/22 5:30PM-5:00PM

Spend the night under the stars, then join Ft. Riley ODR for a fun-filled-free event Saturday - disk golf, foot golf, climbing wall, and more!

  • You must have a pass/military ID to access Ft. Riley, you may pre-reigster for base access here
  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Travis Engle
785-239-2271
travis.e.engle.naf@mail.mil

Jefferson Memorial Forest
12034 Holsclaw Hill Road
Brooks, KY 40109

Saturday 6/23 5:00PM-10:00AM

SSpend the night under the stars at Jefferson Memorial Forest! $25 per family of 4 and $5 per additional family member. Tents available at $15 per platform tent.

  • Pre-registration is required, please call 502-368-5404 to register

Contact Info:
David Grissom
502-366-5432
david.grissom@louisvilleky.gov

Mid Atlantic Youth Sportsplex
6605 Morris Road
Pittsville, MD 21850

Saturday 6/23 11:00AM-10:00AM

Come and campout at the Mays! Bring your own tent or rent a cabin and enjoying fishing and a bonfire near the pond. Spots are limited!

Contact Info:
Paige Hurley
443-953-1920
paigehurley@maysportsplex.com


Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Saturday 6/23 10:00AM-10:00AM

Designed for first time campers, park naturalists will guide participants from tent up to tent down. The campout teaches environmentally friendly camping practices while providing activities such as day and night hikes, animal programs, two meals, campfires, s'mores, stargazing, and family time.

  • $12 per camper
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

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


Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
1361 Wrighton Road
Lothian, MD 20711

Saturday 6/23 6:00PM-10:00AM

Spend the night under the stars! We'll start with a potluck campfire cookout, explore the night with a sensory hike, then share stories and s'mores around the fire. In the morning we'll serve a light breakfast. Please bring your own camping gear and a side dish and drink to share for dinner.

  • $40 per family/$15 per individual
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here use activity #12857 for families and #12855 for individuals

Contact Info:
Debra Gage
410-741-9330
rpgage00@aacounty.org


Point Lookout State Park
11175 Point Lookout Road
Scotland, MD 20687

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-11:00AM

Join Point Lookout in celebrating the Great American Campout! Participants can learn how to pitch a tent, cook a campfire meal, make s’mores and more! This day will include plenty of family-friendly fun activities, including a visit to the Nature Center and Civil War Museum, and a canoe paddle around Lake Conoy. No previous camping experience is necessary, only a thirst for adventure and a passion for the outdoors.

  • $10 per campsite
  • Pre-registration is required, please call 301-872-5688 to register

Contact Info:
Taylor Lundstrom
301-872-5688
taylor.lundstrom1@maryland.gov

Fay Park
22 Foster St
Littleton, MA 01460

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-10:00AM

Join us for a family-friendly Campout featuring games, crafts, campfire, s’mores, hay rides, DJ, storyteller, movie in the park, dinner, and breakfast! 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 our beautiful parks! Register early before this event sells out, limited space available!

Contact Info:
Tim Michalski
978-540-2493
TMichalski@littletonma.org

Ramona Park
8600 South Sprinkle Rd
Portage, MI 49002

Saturday 6/23 5:00PM-10:00AM

Campfire dinner, bonfire breakfast, s'mores, and snacks, including Ants on a Log and Ladybug Leaf are all included. Swim on the beach, go on ranger led hikes, and enjoy a movie under the stars!

  • $50 per campsite and includes all activities
  • Pre-registration is required by June 10, please register here

Contact Info:
Staci Salisbury
269-329-4522
ssalisbury@esplawyers.com

Traveler's Rest State Park
6717 Highway 12 West
Lolo, MT 59847

Saturday 6/9 1:00PM-11:00AM

This is a great way to learn how to camp with children. We provide dinner on Saturday and continental breakfast on Sunday and tents are available to borrow. Free event for families and groups!

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

Metroparks Toledo
Providence Metropark
13827 S. River Rd.
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-10:00AM

Come enjoy beautiful Providence Metropark and the unique chance to campout at the park. Boating and fishing are available with your own supplies and equipment. A nature hike will be provided in the evening as well as making some s'mores. Bring your own camping equipment and any food you may want. Please list all participants when registering.

Contact Info:
Kim Kaseman
419-708-1426
kim.kaseman@metroparkstoledo.com

The Willows Park
490 Darby Paoli Road
Villanova, PA 19085

Saturday 6/16 1:00PM-9:00AM

A free, family-fun event designed for novice and beginner campers. Bring own camping supplies and tent so you can learn how to pitch a tent, set up your campsite and start a campfire! Campers must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Info:
Recreation & Community Programming Department
610-688-5600
recreation@radnor.org


Temple University Ambler
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-10:00AM

Temple University Ambler is excited to host a campout for new and experienced campers. Spend the night tent camping, go on nature walks, and enjoy s’mores by the campfire. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and The Ambler ArboretumTemple University Ambler is excited to host a campout for new and experienced campers. Spend the night tent camping, go on nature walks, and enjoy s’mores by the campfire. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and The Ambler Arboretum.

  • Discount Codes available for Ambler Arboretum Members and event volunteers. Contact ncregistrar@temple.edu for more information.
  • Pre-registration is required, please register here

Contact Info:
James Duffy
267-468-8108
duffyj@temple.edu


Camp Anderson
1357 VanScoyoc Hollow Rd
Tyrone, PA 16686

Saturday 7/28 7:00AM-1:00PM

First come, first served camping event. Bring your tent and cooking equipment and enjoy Saturday night entertainment($25 nonrefundable deposit).

  • Walk-ins are welcome

Contact Info:
Mike Yeaton
814-932-7411
Mike.yeaton@campandersoncorp.org

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

Saturday 6/23 3:00PM-10:00AM

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

  • Pre-registration is required by 6/15

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

Hillandale Park
801 Hillandale Ave
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Saturday 6/23 4:00PM-9:00AM

The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation will join thousands of families across the nation gathering in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities, and parks on June 23, 2018 to enjoy a simple night of camping.

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