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News Release 107

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2014 Volume 42-14-107 

Missouri State Parks invites everyone to the Great American Backyard Campout June 28

Jefferson City, Mo. - Events throughout Missouri State Parks will lead to outdoor adventure under the stars on Saturday, June 28, during the Great American Backyard Campout.

The Great American Backyard Campout is a nationwide initiative by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage families and communities to reconnect and experience the outdoors. To help celebrate, Missouri State Parks is offering fun-filled programs and activities to make this night one to remember.

"The Great American Backyard Campout is an opportunity to come out and enjoy a fun camping adventure,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. “Whether you are an experienced camper or don’t have a lot of outdoor experience, the variety of events at parks and historic sites throughout the state are a great way to experience nature with friends and family, and learn what it takes to go camping on your own.”

Activities will vary from park to park with programs ranging from night hikes and camping demonstrations to overnight campouts and storytelling. Programs will appeal to all ages, including kids who may be experiencing nature for the first time. All parks will offer a camping tradition — sitting around a campfire and making and enjoying s'mores. Some programs are offered during the day and other parks offer overnight camping.

For a list of events taking place on June 28, or more information about the 40 state parks with campgrounds, go to mostateparks.com. If you are not planning to go to a state park for a special program on June 28, visit any Missouri state park this summer and begin your own camping tradition with family and friends. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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