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Article posted: 7/11/2013 11:52 AM

Families enjoy a night under the stars at Family Campout

Abigail Heap and her father relax in front of their tent at the second annual Family Campout on June 29-30.

Abigail Heap and her father relax in front of their tent at the second annual Family Campout on June 29-30.

 

Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 Omar Morris peers at the night sky through the high powered telescope provided courtesy of the Oakton Community College Astronomy Club.

Omar Morris peers at the night sky through the high powered telescope provided courtesy of the Oakton Community College Astronomy Club.

 

Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 Samantha Servin roasts the perfect marshmallow at the second annual Family Campout at Prairie Lakes Park.

Samantha Servin roasts the perfect marshmallow at the second annual Family Campout at Prairie Lakes Park.

 

Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 Nicholas Durand, 4, is all smiles and a little bit sticky after his first s’more at the second annual Family Campout on June 29-30.

Nicholas Durand, 4, is all smiles and a little bit sticky after his first s'more at the second annual Family Campout on June 29-30.

 

Courtesy of Lisa Haring

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By Submitted by Des Plaines Park District

The Des Plaines Park District hosted the second annual Family Campout on Saturday, June 29, to Sunday, June 30, in Prairie Lakes Park. Back by popular demand, this overnight, close-to-home campsite gave first time and experienced campers a night under the stars.

Families enjoyed a Nature Scavenger Hunt through the park searching for rocks, leaves, flowers and treasures; a roaring campfire; roasting marshmallows and making s'mores; story time; and fun with glow in the dark bubbles.

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Campers also had an opportunity to view the night skies through a high-powered telescope, courtesy of Norm Strahm, an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College and the faculty adviser for the Astronomy Club.

"It is a great night out for families," said Jennifer Boys, assistant superintendent for Recreation, "and a wonderful new tradition at the park district.

For information about summer events and programs, visit DPParks.org or call (847) 391-5700.

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