The Great American Campout is coming to Taylor's Heritage Park

The City of Taylor joins the National Wildlife Federation in inviting the community to "camp out" the night of June 26, when a portion of Heritage Park turns into an actual campground.

Families will have the opportunity to set up a tent (one tent per spot) or a small pop-up camper (space is limited) on the "bean field" area of the park for a fee of $23 for a family of four. (Additional campers are $6 each.)

The Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation will staff a host tent offering guided nature walks in the park's wooded trails, fishing in Coan Lake with professionals, nature-themed arts and crafts, family games, star gazing, sing-alongs by a huge camp fire "smores" and much more. Taylor author and illustrator Cathy Carroll will read her new children's book Lukas around the campfire.

Sponsored by Taylor Ford, the campout also will include a hot dog, chip and pop dinner and a pancake breakfast on site the following morning.

Representatives from the Taylor Fire Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and local Boy Scout troops will be on site.

Families can rent canoes from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday from Heavner's Canoe Rental, which will be on site.

Tent set-up will be 1 to 5 pm. on Saturday. Activities will begin at 3 p.m. There will be a schedule of events available at registration.

Site registration begins May 24 at the Parks and Recreation Office, 22805 Goddard Road. The registration deadline is June 18. No walk-ups will be accepted.

For more information, call (734) 374-3906.

About The Great American Campout: Since 2005, thousands of people across the nation have come together the fourth Saturday of June to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout in support of The Great Outdoors Month. The day is a great way for families to connect with nature, sleep under the stars and create memories of outdoor experiences. For more information on the Great American Backyard Campout, visit www.backyardcampout.org.

About the Happy Soles 5K Run/Walk: Tying in with The Great American Campout will be the Happy Soles 5K Run/Walk, starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 27, at Heritage Park. Proceeds will benefit the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry. For registration and race information, visit
http://www.cityoftaylor.com/content/register-now-happy-soles-5k-runwalk-raise-funds-fish-loaves