Spend a Night Under the Stars with NOC’s Great Outpost

June 22, 2010, 1:40 pm

Remember summer evenings catching fireflies, star-gazing and sharing campfire stories? The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout reminds us all of simple pleasures we had as a child and how these memories can inspire the next generation of children to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors.

On June 26, thousands of people across the nation will gather in backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks to take part in a one-night event that will provide a memorable experience for all generations to connect with nature.

To participate in the Great American Backyard Campout, just register your campsite or find a “Campout Team” near you at backyardcampout.org. Or, if you live near the Great Smokies, consider joining the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) Great Outpost team at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. NOC staff and friends will be camping out at the park’s Cosby Campground Group Sites for two nights on June 25th and 26th.

The Great Outpost will be offering free clinics to campers all day on Saturday at the Cosby Campground. These include fly-fishing instruction, guided hikes, birding, gear demonstrations, crafts, storytelling and more.

Participants can reserve a campsite at Cosby to join in the fun. Or, if you can't make it to Cosby that weekend, join the team and camp out in your own backyard. You can even participate if you are camping out on a different day!

If you can’t camp out at all, you can still support NWF’s work to return kids to the great outdoors by making a donation online. Your gift will help support and maintain National Wildlife Federation’s programs to make outdoor time a priority to protect children’s health while creating lasting memories of outdoor family time.

Visit backyardcampout.org to learn more about the event. For more information about programs offered at the NOC campout and to sign up in for the NOC team, visit the NOC team website or e-mail the NOC team captain at debra.moye@noc.com.