City to celebrate Great American Campout


Each August, the National Wildlife Federation sponsors its Great American Campout.

The nationwide initiative connects people with the outdoors and wildlife. Noblesville Parks and Recreation will conducts its local campout Aug. 16 and 17 at Forest Park.

To participate, families and groups will need to bring a tent, sleeping bags, camping gear and food for overnight camping that will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 16. The parks department staff, which will be on-site throughout the campout, will provide activities for campers. Activities will include hiking, exploring, camping education, scavenger hunts and more. Campers also are welcome to bring charcoal to cook meals on the park’s grills or fire pits.

“We are excited to help beginner campers learn the ropes of camping while being close to home,” Recreation Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Smith said. “This event provides families with fun summer memories of being together outside after dark and gazing at the stars. The Great American Campout is the perfect way for kids to experience outdoor time and is the only time camping is allowed at Forest Park.”

Besides campout activities, attendees can take advantage of other park amenities. The parks department is partnering with the Forest Park Aquatic Center to play host to a flick ‘n’ float event with the screening of “Aquaman,” which can be viewed from the pool. The movie begins at dusk. Pool admission fees apply.

Campers also are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy Carousel Corner, which includes carousel rides, concessions and mini golf. Wristbands can be purchased at the carousel for $10 per person for all-day unlimited rides and mini golf.

Pre-registration is required for the campout. Cost is $30 per tent. The deadline to register is Aug. 14. For more information or to register, call 317-776-6350 or visit