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Feb 22, 2013 12:45 PM by Tania Shofron

New program helps families get out and enjoy Arizona's parks

TUCSON - A new state-funded family camping program is designed to help families get outdoors and learn about Arizona's parks.

The Arizona State Parks' Arizona Family Campout Program focuses on families who have little or no experience camping, and is intended to inspire them to explore the great outdoors.

Families will experience will include desert survival, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, astronomy, bats, archery, and more.

The State Parks participating are: Catalina near Tucson (April 20-21), Kartchner Caverns in Benson (April 6-7 & April 27-28), Patagonia Lake in Patagonia (April 13-14 & April 27-28), Lost Dutchman in Apache Junction (March 9-10 & April 13 & 14) and Dead Horse Ranch in Cottonwood (March 16-17 & March 23 & 24).

Participants should bring sleeping bags or bedding, sturdy clothing and shoes and toiletries. The following will be provided: tents, sleeping mats, camp chairs, lanterns, flashlights, GPS units, water bottles, first aid kits, equipment for activities, water, lemonade, coffee and all food including two lunches, one dinner, one breakfast, daily snacks and campfire treats.

The registration fee for a family of 4 is $65 and each additional family member is $5. Unfortunately, children under 5 and pets are not permitted.

Find more information and register here.

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