Great American Campout Slated for Saturday
The Great American Backyard Campout, coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), set to run on Saturday (June 28).
According to a press release, the Great American Backyard Campout, currently marking its 10th year, is designed to promote the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature and support efforts of the NWF and others to get Americans outdoors. This year, the federation’s goal is to have more than 200,000 people participate in the event.
The Great American Backyard Campout is just one of many activities held during Great Outdoors Month. Other events included:
• Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback kicked off the celebration on May 30 in Topeka with the first Capital Campout, hosting urban youth and their families in a state park adjacent to the official residence of the Governor.
• On June 7, some 150,000 people participated in more than 2,000 events during the American Hiking Society’s 22nd National Trails Day, a big increase over 2013.
• On June 14, the U.S.Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition, in conjunction with national sponsor OFF!, coordinated the 7th National Get Outdoors Day. GO Day 2014 included 171 sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia and was the biggest yet. Three additional Capital Campouts were held in Georgia, Colorado and Washington in conjunction with GO Day, aided by Great Outdoors Month Founding Sponsor The Coleman Co.
• The Corps Network organized the inaugural Great Outdoors Week Day of Service in Washington, D.C., for the Great Outdoors Month Partnership. Innovative service projects across the nation were highlighted by key speakers, and then a crew of more than 100 volunteers and conservation corps members from across the country were fed a hearty lunch by Guest Services Inc. before undertaking projects on the National Mall and at Fort Dupont.