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Iowa state parks Camping Kickoff is this weekend

Iowa state parks invite campers to visit this weekend and help celebrate Camping Kick-Off, May 3 – 5.

“Year of the Volunteer” is the focus of this year’s Camping Kickoff celebration as the Iowa DNR anticipates the 100th anniversary in 2020 by hosting more than 30 volunteer and family events across the state.

A full schedule of programs is available at www.iowadnr.gov/campingkickoff. Campers will also receive a free issue of Iowa Outdoors magazine.

“We are looking forward to this season opener and to welcome visitors and campers to our parks,” says Todd Coffelt, chief of state parks for the DNR.

Those wanting to join the Camping Kickoff celebration can make advanced reservations through this Wednesday, May 1.

Reservations can be made at https://iowastateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-877-427-2757. Phone center hours are 7 AM to 7 PM CST (Mon. – Fri.). After Wednesday, campers can use walk-in camping on a first-come, first-serve basis for any sites not already reserved.