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Delaware State Parks to host three fall family campouts

DOVER (Sept. 13, 2013) – Delaware Outdoor Family, in conjunction with the Children In Nature Initiative, will provide three campouts this fall to finish off Delaware State Parks first year of overnight family camping programs. The programs are geared toward sparking families’ interest in spending time outdoors.

Delaware Outdoor Family provides overnight camping trips guided by park staff, giving families an opportunity to get outdoors and experience our state parks in a new way. Programs include activities that daytime park visitors don’t get to experience, including beach campfires and nighttime astronomy.

The three campouts will be held on three upcoming weekends:

·         The Brandywine Creek State Park campout in Wilmington, on Sept. 21-22 will teach camping basics and offer a hayride through the park.

·         Bellevue State Park, Wilmington, will highlight tent-building and fire-starting, as well as star-gazing and hiking on Oct. 5-6.

·         Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach, will teach basic camping skills, outdoor cooking and offer the rare opportunity for families to enjoy a campfire on the beach on Oct. 19 and 20.  

Camping can seem like a challenge for busy parents, but the experience of sleeping under the stars is meaningful for kids and adults alike. When families spend time together outdoors, children are more likely to feel a strong personal connection with nature.

Details are available in the Delaware State Parks’ 2013 Fall/Winter Guide. Additional daytime Outdoor Family opportunities are marked throughout the guide, including an Introduction to Rock Climbing in Wilmington and the Geocaching Treasure Hunt at Cape Henlopen. Information is also available at

Vol. 43, No. 357
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