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From the Arizona State Parks website:
The new 2013 Arizona Family Campout Program (March and April 2013) is designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We hope to introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! This weekend introductory adventure is taking place at the five Arizona State Parks throughout Spring 2013. Parks include Catalina State Park, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Lost Dutchman State park, Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Patagonia Lake State Park.
Registration Fee: $65 up to family of four. Additional family members $5 each. Sorry, children 5 years and younger or pets cannot attend this program. To register, contact Camp Coordinator for specific park, listed below by park.
From The Associated Press:
People interested in visiting state parks in North Dakota later this year can start making plans.
The Parks and Recreation Department says state parks begin taking reservations Tuesday (Feb. 12). Parks open May 17, and officials say the 95-day reservation window enables visitors to ensure they have a campsite when they arrive.
Reservations can be made 24 hours a day with the exception of the first day, when they open at 7 a.m.
Campsite reservations may be made for May 17 through Sept. 2, except at Fort Ransom State Park, which will have reserved sites available through Sept. 29. Stays are limited to 14 consecutive days unless otherwise noted.
Visitors to Icelandic State Park will need to use a detour to reach the campground due to ongoing work at Lake Renwick Dam.
From WTOP, Washington, D.C.
In an effort to attract new nature lovers, Virginia's state parks are investing in technology and making upgrades to several visitor centers.
The idea behind the overhaul is to connect people, especially younger generations, to the great outdoors through the use of technology.
"Increasingly in our modern society, people have grown distant from the outdoors," says Jim Meisner, a spokesman with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages Virginia's state parks. "These are 21st-century technologies that young people especially will use as a new gateway to enjoy the outdoors."
Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania is the first state park to go through a high-tech renovation. It has been upgraded with a 3-D theater, interactive touch screens and a picture wall of 70 flat screens.
Meisner says the audience will be able to view on-screen scenes of the state park and of the animals that call the park home. He says some people are intimidated by the outdoors and this is a way of letting people get closer to nature without actually being out in nature.
"Our goal is to have this type of technology in all of our visitor centers as we refurbish and build," says Meisner.
Lake Anna State Park's visitor center is hosting a sneak preview of the updated space on Feb. 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.