Courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation Courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation


Grab your tent and make room in your backyard, or, perhaps, your living room.


Next weekend is the Great American Backyard Campout, a national event June 22 to encourage families to enjoy nature together – outside.


Popping a tent in the backyard will also fulfill the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommended one hour of outside play per day, organizers hope.


The National Wildlife Federation suggests making a meal out of the overnight event, roasting pigs in a blanket and dipping strawberries in marshmallow fluff, roasted over a fire, for dessert.


About 1,000 people have registered so far, organizers say.