Nebraska Park Offers New Campers Challenge

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April 29, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Click here to watch a video on the following story, courtesy of KOLN-TV, Lincoln, Neb.

Lisa Guerra has only been camping once, and the stigma of her experience has lasted more than 15 years.

"On our honeymoon, we decided to go camping,” said Guerra. “We were young and didn’t have a lot of money so we thought camping would be inexpensive. We forgot matches, and it started raining. Anything that could go wrong certainly did.”

Thanks to the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, Guerra had another go around.

On Saturday (April 27), as a part of National Parks Week, park rangers held the “New Campers Challenge.”

The challenge was created to get people into nature to learn about their national park.

"We really want our kids to know what they're doing if they ever want to do that some day," Guerra said.

Guerra’s family is among five families who won a contest that gave them opportunity to spend the day with park rangers and the night in new tents and sleeping bags.

"I like it,” said Guerra’s son. “It's really fun being outdoors."

This year’s sequester cost the monument 5% of their budget or $62,000 worth of programs, maintenance and staff; however, they didn’t let that stop the fun.

In fact, the event didn’t cost them a penny. They used grant money from the National Park Foundation.

Park Ranger Susan Cook said she was honored to share the experience with the families.

"It's absolute perfect weather,” said Cook. “It's not too hot. It's not too sunny. We're not getting sun burned. We have very little bugs out here."


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