Arizona State Parks holding family campout weekends

Arizona State Parks recently announced dates for its Spring 2017 Family Campout Program, which is designed to provide basic camping instruction while promoting enthusiasm for nature and outdoor activities.

Families are invited to spend a weekend at one of several participating state parks where coordinators will teach them such fundamental outdoor skills as pitching a tent, outdoor cooking and building a fire, a release posted on the Tucson Metro Chamber website said. Campers will also have to opportunity to participate in various outdoor activities including fishing, archery, hiking or birding. Activities  vary based on park and facilities.

Registration is $70 for a family of four with an added $5 fee for additional family members. Groups larger than six will need to arrange for special accommodations. Registration includes tents, activity equipment, snacks and beverages. Families are required to provide all personal items, bedding, and meals.

The Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program, sponsored by AmeriCorps, is designed with novice campers in mind but is open to anyone regardless of experience, the posting said. The program does not allow pets or children under 5 years of age.

Registration is ongoing and spots are available on the following dates and locations: Catalina State Park, Tucson, April 1 & 2; River Island State Park, Parker, April 22 & 23; and Roper Lake State Park, Safford, May 13 & 14.

Those interested in sessions that are full, may be placed on a wait-list.

For registration information as well as a complete list of camp dates and required supplies, visit Inquiries regarding large groups or wait-list information can be emailed to

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