Great American Backyard Campout at Leslie Science & Nature Center

The 2014 Great American Backyard Campout is on Saturday, June 28. Families are encouraged to get out and enjoy nature by camping in their backyard. Don’t worry if you don’t have a backyard suitable for camping, Leslie Science & Nature Center is holding a Great American Backyard Campout. The event starts at 4p on Saturday, June 28 and runs through 10a on Sunday, June 29.


ANN ARBOR, MI, May 27, 2014 –

Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) is proud to host its sixth consecutive Great American Backyard Campout event, on-site at LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, from 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 to 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014.

The Great American Backyard Campout is part of National Wildlife Federation’s efforts to help inspire Americans to protect wildlife, including a 3-year campaign to get 10 million kids to spend regular outdoor time in nature. This annual nationwide event is designed to promote the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature and to get kids outdoors. Since 2005, thousands of people from across the nation have come together the fourth Saturday of June to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout in support of Great Outdoors Month. In 2009, LSNC partnered with NWF’s Great Lakes office to host an event designed for first-time campers that offers the opportunity to camp at our center and take part in a variety of fun nature-based activities. From that beginning grew an annual event that we look forward to every year. For more information, please visit

This year LSNC is proud to say that NWF’s Wildlife Nation has chosen us to be a seed team on their new social networking site, Wildlife Nation empowers and supports adults in getting kids outdoors in nature and building in them an appreciation for wildlife and the Great American Backyard Campout is a great platform for getting started.


We are thrilled to announce the plan for this year’s event. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. on June 28, campers are welcomed to the LSNC site to set up their tents before attending a hot dog barbeque dinner. After dinner, festivities will continue with a flight program with LSNC’s resident Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and Bald Eagle. We are excited that Ann Arbor’s Moosejaw Mountaineering will be presenting a basic overview of the different techniques that can be utilized while cooking in the great outdoors, including open flames, two burner stoves, and backpacking stoves. Other activities will include s’mores by the campfire, staff-led night hikes, and an astronomy program with UM Student Astronomy Society.

After a good night’s rest, campers can welcome the day with an energizing hike and breakfast before the event draws to a close at 10:00 a.m. on June 29. All campers must provide their own camping gear. Participants may wish to rent camping items at UM’s Outdoor Adventures, located at Elbel Field, 336 Hill Street, in Ann Arbor. Find out more about Outdoor Adventures, including hours and rates, here:

Please join us for the Great American Backyard Campout, a special opportunity to connect your family with nature, on-site at LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, from Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m. to Sunday June 29 at 10:00 a.m. Registration is just $50 per campsite, including all activities, dinner, and breakfast! Campsites are limited to one family, ideally six people or fewer, and must include one adult. Because space is limited, pre-registration is required at or by calling 734-997-1553.


Leslie Science & Nature Center is a nonprofit organization that provides environmental education and experiences for children, families, and other individuals to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Leslie by fostering understanding, appreciation, stewardship, and respect for the natural world.

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