ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Bilbrey at (602) 542-1996 or (602) 228-8518 or Monica Enriquez at (602) 542-6997. Contact by Email: pio(at)azstateparks.gov
(Phoenix, Arizona - October 10, 2013) - The Arizona State Parks Family Camping program is designed for families at all levels of learning to camp. Families will be introduced to outdoor experiences over one weekend at a State Park that will inspire them to continue to explore Arizona. Families of all shapes and sizes have participated in the program in the past - from Grandma with grand kids; aunt with nephews; single parent households and everything in-between - this program is a perfect way to learn the basics of camping. Dates still open at participating parks are: Catalina State Park near Tucson (October 26 - 27 & November 2 - 3), Patagonia Lake in Patagonia (October 26 - 27) and Kartchner Caverns in Benson (October 19 - 20).
The activities families will experience may include (depending on the park attending): mountain biking, hiking, fishing, archery, geocaching, animal demos, campfire stories, birding, and more. Families should bring sleeping bags or any bedding, pillows, clothing, sturdy shoes and personal items including toothpaste, towels, soap, etc. However, the following will be provided: tents, sleeping mats, chairs, lanterns, flashlights, GPS units, and all activity equipment. Plus water, lemonade, coffee and all food including one lunch, one dinner, one breakfast, snacks and campfire treats.
The registration fee is $85 for a family of four and any additional family member is $5 for each person. Children 5 years and younger and pets cannot attend this program. The registration is limited. To register or for more information, visit www.AZStateParks.com/family.
The Arizona Family Campout Program is made possible by an AmeriCorps grant through the Arizona Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism. AmeriCorps is a National Service initiative, promoted and supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Program is also supported by a generous donation of equipment by Lower Gear Backpacking Center.
For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703). Campsite or cave tour reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.