Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sleep under the Stars for the Great American Backyard Campout: June 28

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sleep under the Stars for the Great American Backyard Campout: June 28

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NWF's signature nationwide event encourages people to reconnect with nature

Unplug and head outside. That is the idea behind the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF's) widely popular national family event, the Great American Backyard Campout. In conjunction with Great Outdoors Month, the annual event encourages people of all ages to camp in their backyards, neighborhoods parks and campgrounds as a way to reconnect with nature. This year's Great American Backyard Campout is Saturday, June 28.

"Kids need to experience camping, especially in their youth, when the wonders of the outdoors can influence their future love for nature and wildlife," says Maureen Smith, NWF's chief marketing officer. "In addition to developing a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and the wildlife around them through camping in their backyard or at a local park, being in nature helps to burn offenergy, stay fit and be mentally focused for school, homework and all activities in their busy day."

Now in its 10th year, the Great American Backyard Campout is a part of NWF and NRPA's 10 Million Kids Outdoors Campaign. …

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