Backyard Campout

National Wildlife Federation Makes Fun Easy




“I never knew spending the whole day outside could be so fun,” declared one gleeful 7-year-old daughter, hugging her dad. Families across the country have been gathering to pitch a tent, take a hike, spot wildlife and roast marshmallows around the campfire, topped off by a group stargaze. Getting ready to camp out is half the fun. And the National Wildlife Federation puts everyone in touch with every tip they need.

Browsing the organization’s website turns up tips for packing, camping with kids, erecting a tent, building a campfire and planning the menu. Suggested games and activities even extend to campfire songs. Options include signing up to join a larger group at a favorite campsite.


Find everything at NWF.org/BackyardCampout; click on Ready to Camp.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Fare Price

With strategies ranging from flying off-hours to clearing cookies from your computer, you can rack up savings on airfare.

Free Wheeling

Easily movable mini-houses now range from the functional to the outlandish, including abodes mounted on tractors and shopping carts and ones attachable to rock faces.

Airbnb Battle

Airbnb, an economic lifeline for many of its hosts, is encountering legal pushbacks from hotels concerned about the competition and from cities concerned that it removes affordable housing from the market.

Eco-Beach Blast

With a little forethought, we can spend sunny hours walking barefoot in the sand while still leaving a beach in better shape for our presence.

Free Park-ing

Mark your calendar! To celebrate its 100th birthday, the National Park Service will let everyone in for free 16 days this year.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags