Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park event teaches families how to camp

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park in southeastern Minnesota is hosting a special “I Can Camp!” program for families new to camping, or just out of practice.

“We designed this program especially for first-timers and those who haven’t camped for years,” said Warren Netherton, the park’s interpretive supervisor. “We’ll demonstrate how people can use our public lands to enjoy the outdoors. Once they see demonstra tions and get hands-on instruction, they can begin building their own treasured memories of fu n and good times in the outdoors.”

There are two opportunities for families to participate:

* Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
* Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities will focus on tent camping, because it is a simple and inexpensive way to start camping. Ongoing demonstrations, led by park naturalists, will include:

* Lighting campfires and camp stoves
* Cooking and storing food
* Keeping warm (or cool) at night
* Equipment and clothing
* Safety and hygiene

“Even seemingly simple tasks like starting a fire can be frustrating if campers don’t take the proper steps,” said park naturalist Jeremy Darst, who will be on fire detail with several camp stoves and a firepit.

“It is a hands-on experience that will show you how to establish your home away from home,” added park naturalist Mike Dunker, who will be helping families set up different types of tents throughout the day.

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Caption: Park naturalist Greg Anderson offers some camping pointers to a couple at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park.

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