You have probably all heard about the National Wildlife Federation and their mission to inspire American’s to protect wildlife for our children’s future. For 75 years the National Wildlife Federation has been protecting wildlife, protecting habitats, and educating us all on the great outdoors. But today’s post is actually on just one program promoted by the National Wildlife Federation…The Great American Backyard Campout.
I grew up camping. Each summer the family would take the popup camper to some campground – packed full of bikes, food, lawn games and more. I learned about nature, saw wild animals, bonded with my family, and enjoyed some fresh air. Some kids never go camping – so the “Great American Backyard Campout” offers an introduction to camping right in your own backyard.
This event is part of the special series from National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There™ movement. This year’s official campout event is June 25, 2011, but individuals and camping teams are encouraged to participate on a night that works for them. Registering at BackyardCampout.org will connect you with free camping resources and tools including packing lists, recipes, campfire songs, stories, and activities. New this year is the addition of a fundraising tool for your camping team to raise money for the National Wildlife Federation.
Camping in your backyard is a safe introduction to camping because if anything happens – you are close to the comforts of home. Even if you aren’t into camping, you could allow the kids to sleep outside and you can sleep in your own bed. No site is too big or too small to spend a night outside. It could be in your backyard, in a park, at a campground or even your balcony!
Watch this video to learn more and see some campers in action.
Even if camping isn’t your thing, the National Wildlife Federation has other great resources to help you and your family get outside and get active!
- Take a look at these summer games and activities.
- Learn more about the Hike & Seek program and find an event in your area by visiting www.hikeandseek.org.
- Learn about the importance of outdoor time and ways to encourage it at the home page of the Be Out There movement, www.beoutthere.org.
- You can also utilize the Nature Find feature to find parks, trails, and other nature sites around the United States.
There are many ways you can help too.
- To donate to the Great American Backyard Campout, you can visit their website.
- To donate to a variety of National Wildlife Federation initiatives, you can visit their website to view your donation options.
You can learn more about the Great American Backyard Campout at www.backyardcampout.org or connect with the event on Facebook. The Be Out There campaign is also online at www.beoutthere.org and on Twitter. You can also learn more about the National Wildlife Federation online at www.nwf.org, on Facebook or on Twitter.