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Great American Backyard Campout at Jefferson Memorial Forest, June 28-29

Tuesday June 17, 2014

The annual Great American Backyard Campout happens Saturday, June 28, 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 29, 10:00 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Since 2005, thousands of people from across the nation have come together the fourth Saturday of June to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout in support of Great Outdoors Month. The overnight family campout at Jefferson Memorial Forest supports the national effort to raise awareness of the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature, and reinforces National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” campaign.

This event is an easy way for friends, families and children to sleep under the stars and create memories of outdoor experiences. Families will enjoy night hikes, s’mores, and stories around the campfire by storyteller Graham Shelby. Campers are also invited to bring their own dinners to cook over an open fire. Campers will need to provide their own dinner, breakfast, and tent. (For families in need of a tent, there are a limited number that the Forest will have available for rent.) Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

Sunday morning, there will be opportunity to spend the day exploring the Forest, and go fishing at Tom Wallace Lake with free fishing poles provided at the Welcome Center.

Fee: $25.00 per family up to 4; $5.00 per additional family member. $15.00 per tent rental. For reservations, please call our Welcome Center at (502) 368-5404.

National Wildlife Federation “Be Out There” campaign

About Jefferson Memorial Forest:
The 6,500 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation. The Forest is the flagship of Metro Parks’ Natural Areas Division which is entrusted with providing stewardship, nature-based educational programming, and outdoor recreation within nearly 7,000 acres of forest, meadow, and riparian habitat across Louisville Metro. The Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center is located at 11311 Mitchell Hill Road. For more information: 502-368-5404 or

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