Photo by John Putsch.

Photo by John Putsch.

The annual Great American Backyard Campout is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Beginning in 2005, hundreds of families from across the nation have come together every fourth Saturday of June to participate in the campout in support of Great Outdoors Month. The overnight event supports a national effort to raise awareness of the benefits of camping as a way to connect people with nature, reinforcing the National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” campaign.

JMFLogo_BlackFamilies can enjoy night hikes, s’mores and stories around the campfire by storyteller Graham Shelby. Campers are also invited to bring their own dinners to cook over an open fire. Campers will also need to provide their own breakfast and tent.

Sunday offers an opportunity to spend the day exploring Memorial Forest and go fishing at Tom Wallace Lake with free-to-use fishing poles provided at the Welcome Center.

The campout begins at 5 p.m. on Friday the 28th and ends Sunday the 29th at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 per family up to four; $5 per additional family member. For families in need of a tent, there are a limited number that the forest will have available for rent for $15. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. For reservations, please call (502) 368-5404.

The 6,500 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest is Jefferson County’s largest nature preserve and one of the largest municipal urban forests in the nation.