Let’s Go Campin’!


Onboard yet with the Great American Backyard Campout? Ready to set up camp with us on June 22? Well, even if you’re still on the fence, the National Wildlife Federation has some great ideas to make for a great camping experience, and remember you only have to go as far as your own backyard to join the fun!

Backyard camping can give you the confidence and practice that goes into making a seasoned camper, plus you always have the failsafe shelter, food, and modern convenience of your own home within a few steps of your campsite. When you register your Campout on National Wildlife Federation’s web site, you get helpful information to make your backyard camping experience a fun one, including campfire recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, campfire songs and games, nature activities and much more. We also have some great camp prep materials on our website!

No yard? No Problem

There are a great multitude of places to camp across the country, from neighborhood common areas to national parks. All of these places offer their own unique camping experience. Not sure how to pick a location? We have you covered.

Here are a few tips for grabbing the perfect camp spot:

  • Look for a location away from stagnant water—also known as mosquito resorts.
  • Pick a location that is sheltered from wind and any possible rain showers (check your local forecast before heading out and make sure to note the direction of any weather fronts)
  • Choose a spot that is easily accessible, within your comfort range of local facilities and ideally, one that has a unique characteristic so it’s easy to spot if you venture out.
  • Try to find a relatively level area for your tent, but make sure not to set stakes down in low-lying land that may collect water if it rains.
  • If you’re going to a park or well-known campgrounds do some research about the facilities, rules, possible fees or permits, and what kind of unique outdoor spaces it offers. Look for reviews of campsites online and ask around for advice.
  • Camp in areas where others have camped before you thereby minimizing your impact on the natural surroundings.
  • If you’re heading away from home, make sure to setup your tent before heading out to make sure there are no missing pieces or damages.

No matter which method of camping sounds like the right fit for you, go out and give it a try and have fun with it. There are no camping snobs here to judge you. The adventure is about what you make of it so make it your own and most of all have fun!

To learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout happening June 22, and to find an event near you to join, visit www.backyardcampout.org/

Mary Price

Mary Price is a proud Midwesterner originally from Indianapolis, IN. She currently works as a Communications intern for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington D.C. Mary grew up in Indiana and attended Marian University in her home state majoring in English Literature.

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  1. Joann Woolley

    I am debating taking the kids camping this summer… I really think starting in our own backyard is a good strategy!


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