CHEYENNE – As part of Great Outdoors Month and the National Park Service Centennial celebration, Governor Matt Mead invites families with a fourth grader to apply for a “once in a lifetime” adventure.
The Great Outdoors Western Campout is set for June 10-15, 2016, and will take place in Grand Teton National Park. One family from each western state will be selected to camp out and enjoy outdoor activities with experts on hand to help. Food, accommodations and activities at no cost and up to $1,000 for travel costs are included.
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“Wyoming is synonymous with outdoor adventure. From hiking and fishing to round-ups and riding – we love those things Wyoming offers. The families will enjoy river rafting, hiking, tours of national parks, rope courses, mountain biking and more. I am glad to be a part of this special event.” – Governor Matt Mead.
The U.S. Department of the Interior is also sponsoring Every Kid in a Park – a program which allows fourth graders to receive a pass for themselves and their families to visit National Parks and Wyoming State Parks free through 2016.
Families who meet eligibility requirements for Every Kid in a Park also meet the requirements to apply for the Great Outdoors Western Campout, where they will spend five days enjoying the outdoors and sharing their experience via social and traditional media.
“This event – in a wonderful place – will highlight families and the outdoors,” said Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails Administrator Domenic Bravo. “I believe this event demonstrates the best in family adventure.”
More information can be found by following the Great Outdoors Western Campout on Facebook. Families who want to participate can submit a one page essay before April 25th (describing their family, their prior camping experience and why they believe they should be chosen) to WesternCampout@gmail.com. This event is in conjunction with the Western Governors Association Summer Meeting in Jackson.