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Great American Backyard Campout is Saturday

Camping doesn't have to take you deep into the woods. A pitched tent in your backyard can offer your children a unique experience listening to the night sounds and perhaps reading a book by a lantern.

But if you need some help figuring out how to enhance your outdoor camping experience, the Great American Backyard Campout is June 23, and all 35 Virginia State Parks are offering campouts or camping demonstrations, and a variety of programs promoting fun in the outdoors.

According to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, camping can be an affordable family vacation or weekend getaway ― a family of four can go camping for less than the cost of a movie.

State parks are offering programs this Saturday to help first time campers learn about the gear necessary and to ease jitters about encounters with Virginia critters.

A special group camping experience for novice or first-time campers will be offered in these state parks: Caledon, in King George County; James River, in Buckingham County; Leesylvania, in Prince William County; New River Trail, in Pulaski County; Pocahontas, in Chesterfield County; Sky Meadows, in Fauquier County; and Smith Mountain Lake, in Bedford County. The offerings vary by park, and all require advance registration.

To learn more about the camping opportunities or other instructional programs and outdoor activities planned for June 23, visit: www.virginiastateparks.gov.

On June 23 thousands of people across the nation will gather in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks to take part in a one-night event that will provide an experience for all generations to connect with nature.

The Great American Backyard Campout is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There™ program. The National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest conservation organization working to protect wildlife and reconnect people with nature.
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