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Starting next summer, your visit to the Zoo and Adventure Park in Suamico, Wisc., could include an overnight stay, or several nights, according to ABC 2.

Plans have been announced for a campground development at the surrounding Reforestation Camp. Since 1983, the idea of a campground inside the 1,500 acre Reforestation Camp has been discussed.

Thirty-six years later, it’s about to become a reality.

“Might be a spot where kids enjoy their first s’more, sit around their first campfire, sleep underneath the stars and listen to their first coyote howl outside. This site is one of the largest tracks of land in Brown County,” says Brown County Parks Director Matt Kriese.

In his 2020 budget, County Executive Troy Streckenbach is allocating more than $450,000 to create a campground to offer visitors to the Zoo and Adventure Park a place to stay and enjoy the outdoors.

“In today’s economy, in today’s world, we have to continue to find new ways for us to drive revenue in order to continue to support such great cultural amenities such as this,” says Streckenbach.

Kriese says there’s already an ideal location for the 12-acre campground.

“We have an area that has recently been logged and clear cut and we have existing roads and trails that lead to that site, so it fits very well,” says Kriese.

Kriese says the campground will be constructed in three phases, and when completed will offer 54 sites designed to accommodate everything from tents to RVs.

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