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Special camping rates at Ohio State Parks April 19 – 23

COLUMBUS – Break out the tent and sleeping bags and join the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) in celebrating Earth Day and the Ohio State Parks’ 60th anniversary with a 60 percent discount on Ohio State Park camping rates, April 19 through 23.

ODNR Ohio State Parks will offer the generous discount on nightly campsite rental at more than 100 family campgrounds, group camps and equestrian camps across the state park system. Campers may choose from available sites, including fully developed electric sites, rustic non-electric sites and a limited number of fullservice sites offering electrical, sewer and water hook-ups.

Although Memorial Day is the traditional kick-off of the camping season, Ohio State Park campgrounds are open for business and ready to welcome guests. A variety of recreational facilities are also available for park visitors, including fishing piers, boating facilities, disc golf courses, archery ranges and trails. Late April is an excellent time to enjoy woodland wildflowers and annual visits by migratory songbirds.

“Camping trips in our state parks have been a family tradition for generations for Ohioans,” said Dan West, chief of the ODNR Ohio State Parks. “What better way to thank our loyal customers – and observe Earth Day – than to offer a great incentive to get out and camp during Earth Week?”

Children who camp with their families during Earth Week and throughout the year can receive credit towards the ODNR Explore the Outdoors Camp Under the Stars activity. Explore the Outdoors is a hands-on family program that gives Ohio children the opportunity to reunite with nature, improve their physical and emotional health and discover the rewards of becoming environmental stewards. Program information and downloadable activity guides can be found at www.exploretheoutdoorsohio. com.

The 60 percent discount applies to the regular campsite rental fee. It does not apply to getaway rentals, cottages or resort lodge rooms. The special rate is available to walk-in customers and customers who make phone-in reservations through the call center (1-866-OHIOPARKS); it is not available to customers who make online reservations through the Ohio State Parks web site. The 60 percent discount does not apply to the $8.25 reservation fee and cannot be combined with other discounts.

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