Great Outdoors Day celebration and Governor’s Campout coming up

A Great Outdoors Day celebration and the Governor’s Campout are set for Saturday, June 18 at El Dorado State Park, Walnut River Amphitheater Area. Governor Brownback is not scheduled to attend either event.

Great Outdoors Day is free and open to the public and will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See schedule below. There will be free activities and displays, including archery shooting, rescue boat demonstrations, the popular freshwater fish traveling aquarium, a demonstration by the Kansas Game Wardens K-9 unit and more.

The Governor’s Campout requires pre-registration and begins at 4:30 p.m. More activities are planned for the campers, including a live animal presentation, supper, a bison display, campfire lighting and camp stories and songs. Lights out is at 10:00 p.m. The campout concludes Sunday morning, June 19, after a hearty breakfast and closing ceremony with door prizes.

Interested families can pre-register for the campout by contacting Kati Westerhaus at 620-672-0740 or by email at [email protected]. See schedule below.

Sponsoring participants include Coleman Factory Outlet, Kansas Golf and Turf, Sutherlands, Bicycle X-change, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Boys and Girl Scouts, Shady Creek Sales, John K. Fisher, Cabela’s, Butler County Extension Office and 4-H, the National Wild Turkey Federations, Butler County Rescue and EMS and Kansas Wildscape.

Saturday June 18th

Great Outdoors Day:

10:00 – 5:00    Free Activities & Displays

Boat displays                                                   Camper displays

Sutherlands; outdoor gear                                Water Safety US Army Corps

Cabela’s                                                           Air Gun shooting

Petting Zoo Four Points Ranch                         Catch a Crawdad KDWPT

Butler CO Rescue Boat demonstrations                       Tree ID Ks Forest Service

Archery Shooting                                             Horse Rides

K9 demo KDWPT                                           Fishing Clinic

Butler Co DARE                                              Fly a kite

Kayak paddling                                                           KDWPT Traveling Aquarium

Kansas Wildlifer Challenge                             LifeTeam Helicopter (at 11:00 am)

Skins and Skulls Wildlife ID                            Touch a Boat KDWPT boat

Bat Education                                                  Catch a Bug


4:30-5:30         Camper Check-in, Yard Games, Build a First Aid Kit, Pictures with Smokey


5:30                 Campers’ Welcome Ceremony

6:00                 Supper, and National Park Bison display

7:15                 Live Animal Presentation

8:00                 Campfire lighting

8:30                 Cowboy Campfire Stories and Songs

9:30                 Star Gazing (weather permitting)

10:00               Lights Out

Sunday June 19th

7:00                 Wake up

7:30                 Breakfast

8:30                 Campsite Pack-up

9:00                 Closing Ceremony- certificates, door prizes, etc.