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Great American Backyard Campout
The National Wildlife Federation, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and REI will be hosting a community camping event at the Outdoor Activity Center in Southwest Atlanta. This Campout is a part of NWF’s nation-wide Great American Backyard Campout, which aims to engage children and families with nature to discover the health benefits of being active outdoors.
The Great American Backyard Campout is intended to be a fun introduction to camping and the outdoors and we have many activities planned. Campers will enjoy scavenger hunts, storytelling for children, fun and educational hikes, face painting, a bug safari, geo-caching, a drum circle, camping cooking demonstrations, a hula hoop contest and sleeping bag stuffing contest, and many other fun activities. In addition, dinner and breakfast will be provided.
To register for this event:
1) Go to www.backyardcampout.org
2) Select 'Sign Me Up' on the right-hand side of the page
3) Select 'Join Existing Team'
4) Search for the REI - OAC team
5) Select 'Join' and answer the questions that follow
After you have registered, you will have the opportunity to register to borrow camping gear from REI. We have a limited supply of gear, however, and those who need it should register as soon as possible.
More About Outdoor Activity Center
Located just a few miles west of Downtown Atlanta, the Outdoor Activity Center's motto is "Where Atlanta meets the Urban Forest." The center, operated by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, covers 26 acres and has more than three miles of hiking trails. In addition to serving as a meeting place for community organizations and environmentalists, the OAC includes a team-building roes course, children's playground, tree house classroom, 650-gallon freshwater aquarium and a community vegetable garden. A major focus of the site is youth environmental education. The OAC offers 45-minute "interpretive" hikes, lectures, field trips and a Junior Naturalist Program. The site of the OAC has historical significance as the practice location of the Atlanta Black Crackers, the city's Negro Baseball League team from 1919 to 1952. To learn more about the center, visit the Web site. For additional information on the Watershed Alliance, go to: wawaonline.org.