8. Share a campfire with a ranger.

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts; Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania; Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming; Great Basin National Park, Nevada; Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado; Redwood National and State Parks, California; and many others.


How can a classic evening sitting around a campfire get even better? By sharing a conversation with a master storyteller and historian: a national park ranger. Many parks offer these popular programs, and the activities are often as different as the sites themselves. Campfire talks can include storytelling, songs, games, and educational presentations that bring different aspects of the park’s history to life. It’s a rite of passage and an opportunity for learning all rolled into one, as well as a perfect activity for families.


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