June is National Camping Month, and for the fifth year running, The North Face Explore Your Parks program is encouraging families to get outdoors and enjoy the nation’s treasured and endangered State Parks this summer.
Through Explore Your Parks, The North Face and Regional Parks are offering more than 60 Camping 101 Eventsacross the country for families that are new to camping, or for those who could use a refresher. The events offer advice and tips from park experts, as well as the necessary gear for first-time campers who want to join a group camping experience or camp on their own.
“This is a great way for families and first-time campers to get out and enjoy camping without the trepidation that comes with trying something new,” said Ann Krcik, director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “The Explore Your Parks program is working to break down those barriers that keep people from getting outside and enjoying the state and city parks that belong to all of us.”
The North Face and Michigan State Parks are providing a great opportunity to learn how to camp in a family-friendly group setting. Pending availability, Michigan State Parks can find a campground with space for your group and on-site staff to walk your participants through the process of setting up camp, cooking over a camp stove, starting a campfire, and even making s’mores. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth groups, scout groups, or groups of friends who want to see if camping is right for them. There is no charge for using the gear, but campsite fees apply and the Recreation Passport will be required for any vehicle entering the state park. Reserve early as the calendar is filling up fast. If interested in using the camping gear, contact Maia Turek at firstname.lastname@example.org with dates and the region where you would like to camp.
- Holly Recreation Area (Detroit)
- Muskegon State Park (Grand Rapids)
The North Face is also providing free Activity Guides packed with information about where to go and what to do in local parks. To download the Explore Your Parks Activity Guide for Michigan, please visit: www.exploreyourparks.com/activities/.
“Our mission is to help people foster a love of the outdoors,” Krcik said. “With Explore Our Parks we are reaching kids at an early age. If kids experience outdoor activities in a positive way, it’s possible to set long-term habits for an overall healthier life.”
To learn more about participating and a free activity guide to local parks in your area, or participating in a first-time camping program from The North Face, please visit: www.exploreyourparks.com.
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