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!
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.
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.
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.
Throughout the course of the 2013 camping season, various fundraising groups at Jellystone Park Amboy, Illinois campground have donated almost $30,000 to worthy charities including Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Camp Sunshine and various food pantries.
“Our campers are amazing people,” said Holli Rapp, Recreation & Special Events Manager at the northern Illinois campground. “They are very supportive of our activities and their events have become staple events to our activity schedule.”
Leading the way is $20,000 that will be donated to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society in the name of the Jellystone Park Joggers team in Lee County. The group, including annual and weekend campers along with the support of the Camp-Resort, held various fundraisers including a silent auction, bake sales, pancake and sausage breakfast, ducks for Dads (rubber ducky) races, and various raffles.
An annual camping family, Lisa and Ken Koenen’s March of Dimes team held various activities the weekend of August 9-11 that raised over $2000. The campground also donated $225 to the team with the proceeds of their second annual Ms. Jellystone Park contest held on Father’s Day Weekend. Camp Sunshine and local food pantries have also benefited from campground wide garage sales held on major holiday weekends where guests pay a fee to be listed in the Garage Sale Listing. Another worthy charity, Give Kids the World, received $1525 from the Kids Carnival proceeds.
In the rolling hills of West Central Illinois is the 105-acre (including a 45-acre stocked lake) Jellystone Park™ Campground in Pittsfield, IL , formerly known as Pine Lakes Resort. Guests will enjoy free fishing (no license required), beach swimming, hiking, boat rentals, golf cart rentals, planned activities, game room, hay rides, playgrounds, volleyball, cable TV and more. Clean, comfortable cottages and camping cabins are available, and plans for a new pool are in the works. Located in Pittsfield, the resort is a short drive from Springfield, hometown of Abraham Lincoln, and Hannibal, MO, where Mark Twain is celebrated at attractions like Historic Mark Twain Museum and the Becky Thatcher house. The transition to the Jellystone Park family will be celebrated Memorial Day Weekend, when kids can wake up Yogi Bear™ for the very first time, the lakeside beach opens and daily activities begin. Other great weekends include Pet Weekend, when all pets are welcome and you’ll get a chance to show off their best tricks; and Junior Rangers Weekend, when guests will learn about campfire safety and cooking, camping etiquette, and the Leave No Trace program while earning Junior Ranger badges.
You’ll find Jellystone Park Campground in Pittsfield at 1405 Lakeview Heights. Visit pinelakesresort.com or call toll free 877-808-7463 to make your reservation.