S. Mtn. Conservancy to host 4th annual family campout

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Families with young children seeking a nature-intensive outdoor experience are invited to register for the fourth annual South Mountain Reservation family campout scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 8. In case of rain, the campout will be Oct. 21 to 22. The program will be based out of Summit Field in South Mountain Reservation.

Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs and the South Mountain Conservancy, the event will feature nature games, animal exhibits from Turtle Back Zoo, guided hikes, exploration and crafts for children, music, a campfire with s’mores and stories, morning yoga and a Sunday breakfast. Activities are designed for children ages 4 through 12. Families are responsible for bringing their own tents and camping gear, snacks and Saturday night dinner.

Online registration is required by midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 4, with the program limited to the first 45 families or 140 participants. No registrations will be accepted at the event. Participation is charged. For more information on the agenda and how to register, visit the conservancy’s website at www.somocon.org or contaact familycampout@somocon.org.