Have an Awesome Autumn at Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts

Fall and the start of school may be coming, but it’s far from the end of camping fun at Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts! Changing leaves and cooler temperatures are perfect for making autumn family memories around the campfire, and our parks have plenty of great times still in store. From football and apple picking to fall festivals and foliage, September and October offer opportunities galore to enjoy the changing seasons. Here’s just a preview to help you plan.

Pierceton, IN 

Sept. 19-21 – Fall Fest

We will have a scarecrow building contest, a pumpkin patch for the little ones, caramel apples to enjoy and some yummy hot

apple cider. Head down to the beach for a warm campfire and hotdog roast. Come and get your hugs from Yogi Bear™, Boo Boo™, and Cindy Bear™ as they get ready to go to bed for that long winter’s nap.

Ashland, NH (White Mountains Area)

Sept. 12-14 – Football & Chili Cookoff Weekend

Join us for a weekend of football activities, a cheering contest and much more! Enter our Chili Cook Off Contest Saturday Night with entertainment and bonfire.
Eastern Lake Ontario/Mexico, NY

Sept. 12-14 – Football/Chili Cookoff Weekend

Football themed crafts, activities and Chili Cookoff! Deck out your site with your favorite team color for prizes.
Warrens, WI

Sept. 26-28 – Cranfest Weekend

Join Yogi Bear™ for the 42nd Annual Warrens Cranberry Festival. Ride our shuttle buses to the Festival for free. We will have a DJ Dance and the Trail of Terror on Saturday evening.
Pittsfield/Pine Lakes, IL

Oct 17-19 – Pike County Fall Color Drive

Enjoy a weekend stay at our campground while touring the annual Pike County Fall Color Drive. The Drive is comprised of many small towns and villages, each offering a unique roster of events, activities, vendors, crafts, food and exhibits. It’s also time for

Yogi Bear™ to go to bed until next season.

 

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Sept. 5-6, Sept. 26-27 – Fall Festival

Come to Niagara Falls for our first fall festival! Help

Yogi Bear™ fill his picnic basket up with food from the fall harvest during the scavenger hunt! Then hop on board the wagon for our Fall Hayride.

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Club Yogi™ Rewards Offers Double Points in September

Club Yogi™ Rewards members will earn Double Points with a stay at any Jellystone Park™ between September 2-30, 2014.  You don’t need to do anything special to receive the bonus.  Just be sure to give the park your Club Yogi™ Rewards number when making reservations.  Then present your card at check-in and when purchasing anything in the Park store.  The double points will post to your account a few days after the original eligible transaction posts.

So, make your reservation today at your favorite park!
Not a Club Yogi™ Rewards member? Visit our website to find out about our program!

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These Campfire-Friendly Foods Will Leave Your Mouth Watering

An estimated 43 million Americans go camping each and every year, and ardent campers will venture at least 191 miles from their homes up to five times a year. The popularity of tent camping and family campgrounds raises a very important question: what’s to eat? Camping does not necessarily entail “roughing it.” Some grounds and camp sites offer all sorts of amenities for your convenience and comfort. If you have working hot water and other comforts of home, why spend the week eating cold beans from a can? There is a better; here’s how to do camping foods right.

What Is A Hobo Pie Maker?

A hobo pie maker, also called a camping press, is the perfect camping accessory. Most presses contain two sections, with room for a sandwich in each. Simply whip up your favorite sandwich, gently close the press, and hold it over the fire for a few minutes. Within no time at all, you can enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, or even some nontraditional sandwiches, like pizza sandwiches.

“Cake Or Death?” (Hint: Choose Cake!)

“When setting up camp, I keep the children quiet with a cake or two. Some cakes travel better than others; ginger cake, lemon drizzle and brownies are tried and tested,” BBC recommends. Do a little bit of research to discover your favorite cakes that will hold up relatively well, and bring a cake along to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Consider A Little Country Fried Cooking

Skillets are incredibly campfire-friendly, and there are plenty of delicious Southern recipes you can easily and convenient prepare in a skillet over the fire. Cornbread, for example, is a popular choice. Use the boxed stuff (we won’t tell!), or mix up your own with salt, cornmeal, water, and grease or butter.

Are you enjoying camp sites and the great outdoors with friends, family, and/or loved ones? Do it right. Prepare meals that will leave your mouth watering, not longing for home.

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Bird Banding, Goat Feeding and Nature Activities at Jellystone Park Campgrounds

archery at larkspur colorado campground

If you want to give your family a unique, nature-based experience, Jellystone Park™ campgrounds offer a variety of activities that involve both learning and fun!

bird banding at pittsfiled illinois campground

Bird banding demonstration at Jellystone Park Pittsfield, IL

The Jellystone Park™ campground in Pittsfield Illinois hosted a bird banding demonstration the weekend of August 2, 2014. Campers learned about identifying birds and the process of banding, which is used for research and migration information. The event was led by Tony Rothering, who is a permitted Bander, and a member of local non-profit organization – Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders. The Pittsfield Illinois campground, also known as Pine Lakes Jellystone Park, is planning a hummingbird exhibit in the spring.

archery at larkspur colorado campground

Campers practice archery at Jellystone Park Larkspur, CO

If you are traveling west, the Jellystone Park™ campground in Larkspur, Colorado has a Ranch Camp during the summer that promises to “hand back your kids happy, dirty, tired, and of course, better educated about nature.” Ranch Campers get to feed and care for the park’s goats and horses, do ranch chores, practice archery and more.

In their quest to get kids to unplug, the Jellystone Park™ in Marion, North Carolina introduced the Passport Program that encourages kids to experience various nature-focused activities in order to win prizes. A 1.4 mile geocache hike along a river, scavenger hunts and gem mining in a natural creek further encourage family bonding and outdoor recreation. They also added a “Nuts for Nature” woodland trail featuring owl boxes, a ropes course, tree cookie walkways, log noodles, a butterfly patch and a nature building zone.

Nuts for Nature Trail at Marion NC campground

Nuts for Nature Trail at Jellystone Park Marion, NC

Many Jellystone Park™ campgrounds include nature walks as part of their activity programs. Campers learn about trees, birds, animals and principles of Leave No Trace – a Boulder, Colorado-based non-profit organization that develops educational programs to help children and adults take better care of the environment.

Check with your favorite location to see what nature activities they have planned.

 

 

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The Rising Trends & Benefits of Camping

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Rising trends 1Check out Camp Jellystone’s new infographic!

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Taking Kids Camping

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Takin camping 1Check out Camp Jellystone’s new infographic on their blog!

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Spend The Night On A Cliff or At The Bottom Of The Sea

More Americans — and, in these cases, especially daring ones — are relying on seasonal camping to get their thrills. True, family camping is a great option for Americans looking for a relatively inexpensive vacation, but it can be a breathtaking adventure as well. How are some daredevils taking camping to the next level?

Under The Sea

For ages, Americans have been fascinated about what lies in the depths of the sea — and now you can find out in person (and even spend the night and early morning doing it, too!). Guam campers literally sank their tents by cutting slits in the fabric and anchoring it to the bottom of the sea. Using scuba gear, they were able to set up camp hundreds of feet below the surface.

Are You Afraid Of Heights?

Some daredevils are literally taking camping to new heights — or, more specifically, camping out of the tops of mountains, peaks, and cliffs. “For years climbers have been using portaledges, a contraption made with an aluminum frame that is held up on the side of a cliff using pegs and carabiners,” The Weather Channel reports. One climber encourages others who want to try it, saying that — in most cases — you cannot even see the edge or cliff face while you are sleeping.

Can You Camp In The Rainforest? 

You sure can. That is, if you’re willing to possibly brave malaria! The Weather Channel describes some of the challenges of tent camping in the Amazon Rainforest: “Camping in the rainforest comes with its own unique set of challenges, including a wet, hot climate, hordes of insects, and the threat of diseases like malaria.” If you are heading out to the rainforest to camp, bring some anti-malaria pills to stave off illness and biodegradable soaps to avoid littering.

Forty-three million Americans camped last year. Go camping — and explore your inner daredevil — at the same time with these extreme types of seasonal camping.

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Vacation Camping Trips

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Vacation campingVisit Camp Jellystone’s blog to see their new infographic.

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Facts about Camping Vacations

Facts about camping vacas

Facts about camping vacasTake a look at Camp Jellystone’s new infographic on their blog!

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Facts about Campgrounds

Facts about Camp Grounds

Facts about Camp GroundsCheck out Camp Jellystone’s new infographic.

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