Great American Backyard Campout

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Location:           Sky Meadows State Park, , Delaplane, VA

Cost:                    Free

Contact Info:   Christa Kermode,  540-592-3556

skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov

Website:              www.virginiastateparks.gov

Description:   Come take part in the Great American Backyard Campout ® at Sky Meadows State Park.  Once a year, we open the Historic Mount Bleak backyard to campers; don’t miss this unique opportunity!  Celebrate nature and the great outdoors for 24 hours.  Activities will begin at Noon and run throughout the day and into the evening.  The park’s rangers will be on hand to help you set up your campsite & tent.  Other activities will include: Kids Crafts, Leave No Trace classes, GPS workshops, live animal presentations by Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, and Marty Martin’s Rattlesnakes.   Learn about hiking, backpacking, and orienteering at the Outdoor Skills Station sponsored by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports.  At 7PM campers will enjoy a delicious dinner provided by the Bloom in Marshall.  Finish the day with Smokey the Bear & storytelling by the group campfire.  Also take a guided Candle Light Tour of the historic Mount Bleak House and view the night sky from telescopes provided by Northern Virginia Astronomy Club.  For more information call 540-592-3556 or emailskymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov and visit  www.virginiastateparks.gov,www.brmsstore.com, or  www.backyardcampout.org.

Hurry!  Make your reservation for camping in the Mount Bleak backyard today; tents only.  Advanced registration is $18.65 tax included $30 + tax @ gate.  Space is limited so don’t wait!