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Summer Camping in National Parks

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Summer means travel, and travel means vacations! Where it once was the "family truckster" or four-door station wagon, today’s RVs and SUVs are packed to the gills with everything needed for an enjoyable experience in the great outdoors. Whether you prefer to "rough it" in an air-conditioned motor home or pitch a tent at a rustic campsite, nature is ready and waiting!

Campsite Lighting with Lantern Poles

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Camping. Real camping: outdoors, under the stars, in the middle of nature. There are no electrical outlets, no light switches, maybe an occasional full moon. Otherwise, it’s just really dark at night. The darkness is great for gazing at the stars, but not so great when it’s time to put out the campfire, when nature calls in the middle of the night or when you need to peek out of the tent to see what animal just made that noise.

The Rock of Pilot Rock: The History Behind our Namesake

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Have you ever read a brand name and wondered just how that name was chosen? There are several brands rumored to be strategically named to come before a competitor in alphabetical lists, such as a phone book. Many businesses are named after their owner. Some are named after places – for example, Cisco is short for San Francisco, where the business was founded. Others have clever meanings hidden in their name – Hotmail is named as such because it included the letters
h, t, m, and l, which combined are HTML, a coding language.

Our brand, Pilot Rock, is named after a local historical landmark. This is the brief history behind our brand name.


Park Equipment Turns Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases - Part 3

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Missed the rest of our series to inspire your planning for an outdoor learning community? Read them here:

Park Equipment Turns Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases - Part 2

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Continue reading our series to get inspired by ways to use park equipment accessories to turn the outdoors into your new educational space. (If you missed part 1, catch up now to learn about using picnic tables and park benches in outdoor areas for learning.)

Park Equipment Turns Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases - Part 1

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When it comes to education, outdoor areas are historically thought of as recreational space and not a place where classroom learning can be done on a day-to-day basis. When learning does happen outside of the indoor classroom, it is typically a short-term solution (usually one day) and not seen as a long-term answer to learning. By stepping outside the traditional brick and mortar school and into the already available green space, you’ll find new and inspiring opportunities for learning across all age groups – whether it’s elementary, high school or college.

4 Must-Try Variations of the Campfire Grill S’more

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A campfire staple, s’mores have been around for decades, with the earliest documentation of a s’more recipe published in 1927 by the Girl Scouts. It should be no surprise that over time, many variations of the recipe have been tested and perfected.

6 Great Features of Our New Website

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We’re excited to announce a total new way to shop on the web! Our new-and-improved site gives you more options for looking at products, selecting custom features and submitting a quote request – all online.

ADA Compliance Guidelines for Campfire Rings


The Americans With Disability Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. Since then the guidelines for wheelchair access to various components of park and campground site elements has been evolving. On September 26, 2013, the Final Guidelines for Federal Outdoor Recreation Sites was issued. These rules became mandatory on November 25, 2013, and apply to facilities that are built, altered or leased with federal funds. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Dept. of Transportation have issued their own rules based on the ADA rules. Most states adopt their own rules based on these federal rules.

Celebrate Your Team with a School-Colored Bench

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Athletics and extra-curricular activities are a unifying force in American schools and communities. The various teams and groups provide a sense of school pride and showcase students’ talents and hard work. Because of these positive outcomes of school-sponsored activities, schools are eager to display team trophies, banners, and other awards for all to see.

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