Virginia State Parks to host the Great American Campout

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RICHMOND — June is Great Outdoors Month, and June 25 is the opportunity to learn about the outdoors during the Great American Campout in Virginia State Parks.

For first-timers, camping can sometimes be intimidating. With more than 1,800 campsites across the state, Virginia State Parks are the ideal venue for a first trip or repeat visit.

Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the Great American Campout is the perfect opportunity for novice campers to get expert assistance at a campout or by attending outdoor skills workshops, including programs on campfire building, animal identification, basic wilderness survival and more.

Some parks offer a free experience and provide equipment. Other parks offer reserved campsites where you bring your own equipment. All-inclusive pricing for camping experiences is available in some parks. Skills-based programs are offered during the day at other parks. Many programs require pre-registration.

A complete list of parks and programs can be found at:

A campsite can be reserved online anytime at or Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 800-933-7275.

Time is running out on the Virginia State Parks Get Outdoors! Challenge. Guests who visit five parks between May 21 and June 30, 2016, can earn an annual park pass. Find details at:

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