Fire And Smoke

Message From The Director

The Perfect Time to Ignite the Magic of Camping

Picture the dancing colors of oranges and yellows against a blackened sky sprinkled with stars. Then throw in a dash of lucent blues and ashen whites, while the mystical gray smoke escapes upwards. Add the unmistakable natural fragrance of a campfire filling the air.

Whether it’s below freezing or in the 90’s, a campfire has this magical effect on those who sit by it.

Worries seem to vanish and the conversation becomes easy. Campfires are for quiet moments, for laughter and stories, for marshmallows and “tin foil” and memories that will last a lifetime … there’s just something about a campfire. So pack your camping gear and head to your favorite state park! It’s time to go camping, and once there, a campfire is a must.

Spring is a great time to go camping, to start a tradition that will last a lifetime. If you’re a camper you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t camped with us in a while it’s time to visit and again feel the magic of a campfire.

If you’re a novice or know someone who is, we are here to get folks started. A great way to do that is with the Great American Backyard Campout on April 17-18 at Sesquicentennial State Park. Camp with a park ranger and get guided instructions on picking and then pitching a tent, building a camp fire, camp cooking and more.

Apply to be one of the lucky families to join us for an overnight campout in the park's campground and learn these skills along with many more to make your camping experience a fantastic and fun one! Check it out and apply online.

So, find your favorite campsite, or choose a new one at your favorite state park, book a reservation and make 2010 a year to remember. We’d love to have you spend the night again!

If you need help or have questions, don’t hesitate to “Ask a Ranger.” We’re here to help. And if you’re a camper who visits regularly, I don’t need to tell you its time to go camping!

Spring is here. So if it’s your first time or more times than you can count, there’s nothing like being and sleeping outside. Throw in the magic of a campfire and you have the ingredients for a perfect weekend.

See you in the parks!