The Great American Campout at Jefferson Memorial Forest

June 8, 2016

Jefferson Memorial Forest in Louisville will join tens of thousands of people across the nation as they camp for a cause. The 12th annual Great American Campout is a nationwide event that connects people with the great outdoors so they will form a deeper desire to protect wildlife and wild places.

This year’s Campout kicks off on Saturday, June 25, 2016, and runs through September 30, 2016. The annual event, which begins during Great Outdoors Month, encourages people of all ages to get outdoors by camping -- in parks, campgrounds or even in their own backyard!

This event is an easy way for friends, families, and children to connect with nature, sleep under the stars and create memories of outdoor experiences.  Jefferson Memorial Forest will provide the campfire, s’mores, night hikes and star gazing activities; you provide your dinner and breakfast and tent.  In the morning you will have the day to explore the Forest; hiking any of our 35 miles of trails, fishing at Tom Wallace Lake with free fishing poles provided at the Welcome Center, or unleashing your adventurous side with GoApe tree-top adventure course (reservations with GoApe required). Campout is $25.00 per family (up to 4 people), $5.00 per additional family member.  Platform tent rentals are available for $15.00.

The National Wildlife Federation invites people of all ages to participate by pledging to camp at least once during the summer of 2016. The National Wildlife Federation’s website -- -- has a directory of public Great American Campout events, tips on what to take camping, lists of fun camping activities and recipes, and more. Registration is free.

Campout participants are encouraged to take selfies of themselves camping and submit them to NWF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages using the hashtag #campies to share their experiences and create an extended community of participants year-round. “Spending time in America’s great outdoors is not only a chance to renew our own spirit, it’s a chance to inspire our next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and public land stewards,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of National Wildlife Federation. “That’s why I spend as much time as I can camping, hiking and fishing with my daughter – to share the rejuvenating conservation values and love for the natural world that my parents instilled in me. This helps us live the adage that we only conserve what we love, love what we understand, and understand what we are taught.” 

NWF has worked to connect people with nature for eight decades, inspiring people through the award-winning Ranger Rick, Ranger Rick Jr. and National Wildlife magazines, through numerous outdoor events, and by working with educators to get kids greening their schools and learning outdoors. 

The National Wildlife Federation is one of America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information please contact: 

Matt Douthitt/ Jefferson Memorial Forest, 502-366-5432,

Lacey McCormick/ National Wildlife Federation, 512-610-7765,