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Backyard Campout and Owl Prowl featuring Camo the Clown coming to Rend Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake will be hosting the annual Backyard Campout and Owl Prowl on July 7, 2018 at the Rend Lake Visitor Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This year the evening will begin with Camo the Clown, Southern Illinois’ favorite conservation clown. Clown around with Camo as he inspires the audience to explore the wonders of nature with the “Outdoor Adventure Show!” The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with colorful stories, props, wild theatrics, and even live animals!

Following Camo’s show, at 7:30 p.m. Rend Lake Park Rangers will take the audience outside for backyard campout fun! Enjoy the campfire and backyard games, meet the Visitor Center’s resident spider, learn about creatures of the night, create crafts, and more! When the sun begins to set, learn how you can join the secret “Spider Sniff Society,” as we test our senses and search for spiders in the garden. When the sun completely sets, Park Rangers will conclude the evening programming with a walk through the woods for an “Owl Prowl” to see “whoooo” we might find. Listen to the calls of owls and maybe you will spot some other nighttime creatures along the way!

Join Camo the Clown, Rend Lake Park Rangers, and various creatures of the night at the Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center on Saturday, July 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Backyard Campout and Owl Prowl. This program is an outside adventure so it is recommended that you bring lawn chairs, insect repellant, and a flashlight.

Then join us Saturday, July 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for “Night Skies” with Rend Lake College Astronomy Instructor, Greg Hollmann. Learn about the constellations that embellish the vast night skies through the view of a high-powered telescope! Mr. Hollmann will also share the latest space news.

For more information on the Environmental Science Series programs presented at the Rend Lake Visitor Center call the Rend Lake Project Office at 618-724-2493. Also “like” our Facebook page at to keep updated on what’s going on at Rend Lake.