Every time you and your family arrive at a Jellystone Park™ you will notice that the campground looks immaculate. The spaces are clean and free of trash, picnic areas are kept clear of food and sandwich wrappers, and all of this is thanks in large part to our campers.
Clean Campgrounds are Your Responsibility
Although the campground has staff that will empty the trash bins and recyclables, it is your responsibility to ensure that these items make it into the proper bins. When your family is done roasting hot dogs or marshmallows over the fire pit, make sure that the wrappers make it into the garbage. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated on your family hike through the nearby forest, but please don’t leave your bottle on the side of the hiking trail. Utilize the recycling bins conveniently located all over the campground. Cleaning up after your meals and especially after your camping trip is over shows respect for nature and for your fellow campers.
Pitch In and Save the Environment
Any time a piece of trash makes its way from a picnic table into the surrounding forest; it diminishes the value of the surrounding forest and can also present problems for the local wildlife.Every year, thousands of animals like squirrels, bears and fish, come across pieces of trash left behind by campers and try to eat it. This obviously creates health problems for the unfortunate animals and can cause them to get sick, or even die. If you are out on a hike with your family, don’t pass by a piece of trash or water bottle, even if you didn’t leave it there. This small gesture goes a long way to helping the local wildlife, and helps keep the forest looking as pristine as possible for the next group of hikers.
Control Your Campfires
One of the leading causes of forest fires in the United States is an unattended campfire. Although Jellystone Parks do their part to provide safe fire pits for campfires, it is still very important to keep an eye on the fire. Simply using too much lighter fluid to start the fire, or using too much wood can quickly cause a campfire to grow out of control. Once the fire is safely burning, pay attention to what you burn. Trying to burn things like aluminum cans and glass bottles is harmful to the environment due to the toxins it creates in the air and the pollution it leaves behind once the fire has burned out.
Once the campfire has safely burned out, make sure you clean up the ashes and unburned debris. Even if you are planning on having a fire the next day, inquisitive animals passing by the fire pit can cause injury or sickness to themselves by sifting through your campfire remnants. It is very important to keep your fire pit as clean as possible when not in use.
By following these tips, you can make family camping trips enjoyable for everyone in your party, as well as other families who are camping around you. A great rule of thumb is to leave the RV or tent campsite looking better than when you first arrived. Lend Yogi Bear® a helping hand by cleaning up your trash and keeping your campsite neat and tidy.