Quick, go find a tent! And some graham crackers and marshmallows too. The second annual Great American Backyard Campout, a National Wildlife Federation-sponsored family fest, is this Saturday night and you’ve got two options. Pitch a tent and fire up those s’mores — er, we mean, toast them till they’re golden perfection — in your own backyard or go join a group campout at a park near you.
Nearly 100 families are expected at the city of Oakland’s “Backyard Campout,” for example, at Joaquin Miller Park — and you could be there too. Stargaze with Chabot Space and Science Center experts, enjoy nature talks and storytelling, a magic show, campfire songs and so much more. The $8 registration includes parking, dinner, breakfast, snacks and activities. Need more info? Register for activity#92336.101 at Oaklandnet.com, or call Oakland Parks and Recreation at (510) 238-7275.
Need backyard campout inspiration? Here are some of our favorite links for camping know-how:
Family Fun campout tips, recipes and songs
Scout-o-rama camping recipes
Boy Scout Trail camping recipes
Orinda Boy Scout Troop #237’s Dutch Oven recipes
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