Expect everything from hiking to trail running to yoga to slacklining to camping! Throughout your 24 hours at camp you'll find active adventures going on every hour throughout our 75-acre green paradise.
Do you want to learn how to start a fire? Learn to cast a fly rod? Pack for a multi-day trip? Tell a wicked story around the campfire? Our workshops are led by the best guides in NYC and are no pressure ways to learn skills before heading into the backcountry.
We'll have Salomon Academy: Trail Running, a Salomon 5K headlamp trail race for the intrepid and a 6-hour Salomon Ultra run for the truly passionate.
Whether you're cheering on the crazy ultra runners, dancing to this year's band, looking at the night sky through a telescope or just hanging out in a hammok with a cool Sierra Nevada, the campout will help you get away from it all.
Outdoor Concert Shots by Stephen Elliott ↑
This year, Bridges and Tunnels will headline at the Stage in the Woods.
About: Bridges and Tunnels is a NYC based Americana band focused on bringing people together, that lets their words, harmonies, and hooks do the talking. The band lives by their mission of using music and narrative to connect people to things we all have in common.
8:30AM: Salomon Ultra Run Begins (access to run area only at this time)
10:00 AM Full campgrounds is OPEN!
ALL DAY: The Green Mountain Energy Chill Zone offers you a spot to hang out in a hammock, slackline, meet a new friend, play a game of cards and… chill out.
10:30 AM Invigorating Vinyasa Flow with Pop Up Yoga NYC and Get Out and Trek
11:00 AM Outdoor Photography class (all cameras/smart phone users welcome) with Girl Gotta Hike
11:00 AM Parkour Challenges and Play with The Movement Creative
11:30AM Forest Bathing with the Cultured Forest
12:00 PM Survival Skills with Destination Backcountry Adventure
12:00PM Fly Casting & Knot Tying area opens (ongoing) with Freestone Expeditions
12:30PM Backcountry Baking with NOLS
1:00 PM Photography Walk with Melissa Goodwin of Girl Gotta Hike
1:00PM Survival Bracelet Making Demo by Outerthere.com
1:30PM - 3:00PM Slackline instruction with Becky Hahn of NYC Slackliners
1:30 PM Intro to Map & Compass with Destination Backcountry Adventure
2:30 PM Hike on the Staten Island Greenbelt
3:00 PM Trip Planning Workshops (Maps, packing, route planning and more!)
3:30 PM Very relaxing and gentle yoga (great for ultra runners!)
3:30PM Scavenger Hunt with Outerthere
4:00PM Deuter Presents: Backpacking 101 led by Melissa Goodwin
4:30 PM Leave No Trace Training with Justin Bailey of the Outdoor Ethos
4:30 PM Backcountry Cooking with Destination Backcountry Adventure
5:30PM Bushcraft 101: Primitive Cooking Set-up with Freestone Expeditions
6:30 PM Fire Building with Justin Bailey of the Outdoor Ethos
8:15 PM Salomon 5K Trail Run
9:30PM Bridges & Tunnels performance at the Stage in the Woods with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Late night: Stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Association
Sunday morning: Hang out, grab breakfast, go for a casual hike
OutdoorFest is excited to partner with Get Out And Trek, a gay outdoor adventure company, to increase LGBTQ representation in the outdoors and in OutdoorFest's Campout programming. In collaboration with Pop-Up Yoga, Get Out And Trek's Nick Knebel will lead the Saturday morning vinyasa class and and sunset yoga. Participants are encouraged to use #TakePrideOutside to help celebrate pride in NYC and advocate for a more inclusive outdoors.
Are you interested in setting up a booth or activating at the OutdoorFest Campout in NYC? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: CAMPOUT 2019.
**Please do not use the Google Maps address for Kaufman it will lead you astray!** For GPS use: 1215-1251 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY you will see the entrance to the "JCC camp" across the street from the school. That's where you turn.
No Car? No Problem.
Here’s the shuttle schedule. You can buy a one way ticket or roundtrip when checking out via Eventbrite.
To/From Union Square (Please meet in front of Starbucks on the EAST side of Union Square (not west), address is10 Union Square E, New York, NY 10003)
Saturday 8:00AM (Union Square) —> Campground (9:00AM) SOLD OUT
Sunday 10:00AM (Campground) —> Union Square (11:00AM) SOLD OUT
To/From the Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal
Saturday 10:00AM (St. George Terminal) —> Campground (10:30AM)
Saturday 11:00AM (St. George Terminal) —> Campground (11:30AM)
Saturday 12:00PM (St. George Terminal) —> Campground (12:30PM)
Saturday 6:00PM (St. George Terminal) —> Campground (6:30PM)
Saturday 10:00PM (Campground) —> St. George Terminal (10:30PM)
Sunday 8:00AM (Campground) —> St. George Terminal (8:30AM)
Sunday 9:00AM (Campground) —> St. George Terminal (9:30AM)
You can arrive as early as 10:00AM or as late as you like! Please, see the full schedule of activities here: https://www.outdoorfest.com/camp#schedule
*Please note, if you are running in the ultra run you can obviously arrive before 10:00AM.
Yes! Just choose the "Day Pass" option to get a ticket that includes everything on Saturday.
No, you can just give your name at registration.
Yes, we will be checking. If you can't prove you're over 21 years of age, you cannot drink.
On Saturday, please pack your own lunch and dinner or you can purchase from Empanaderia NYC for dinner:
Their dishes cost between $5 - $10 and you can see their menu here: https://www.empanaderianyc.com/menu-1
You're also welcome to bring your own backcountry stoves (no grills!) or cook over the open fire.
Note: it's a 10 minute walk from the parking lot to the campground so pack accordingly.
Breakfast will include granola from Clif Bar and Breakfast Grains from Patagonia Provisions. Please bring a re-usable bowl and spoon! Coffee will be from High Brew.
Drinks We'll have beer from Sierra Nevada, water from Boxed Water and coffee from High Brew on-site.
The campout is rain or shine. Please pack accordingly.
We will meet you at Passenger Pickup in a 15 passenger van. Here’s a map circling said passenger pick up /drop off area: http://imgur.com/kwlbGpd. To get there, you'll follow the masses as you get off the ferry. In the main terminal hallway you'll see a bunch of "ramps". Turn left and walk all the way to the very end past the A ramp. At the end of the hallway there's a staircase on your left heading DOWN. At the bottom of those staircase is passenger pick-up.
*If you miss your shuttle, you can try to hop on the next one if there is room. Otherwise, uber is your best bet.
Yes, there is FREE parking on site. Please do not use the Google Maps address for Kaufman it will lead you astray! For GPS use: 1215-1251 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY you will see the entrance to the "HKC Henry Kaufmann JCC camp" across the street from the school. That's where you turn.
Once you park you'll see a path on the left hand side of the lot leading up to a lake where check-in is.
Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
Headlamp or flashlight (if you're running the 5k, headlamp required)
Extra warm layers
Reusable bowl and spoon (for breakfast)
Hat / Sunglasses
Running / hiking footwear
Camp stove + cooking gear
Playing cards, musical instrument
Do I need to bring fire starter, fishing gear?
We'll start the fires and Freestone will bring the fishing gear.
Ultra Runners - please see the full schedule here: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=64839
5K Registration goes from 7:00PM-8:00PM. Race begins at 8:15PM.
Yes! and... seriously?
There are bathrooms at the campsite. We will have one rudimentary portable camp shower available.
A basic guide to packing for the campout:
Here are some suggestions: