NEW CANAAN — Celebrating Saturday night’s nationwide nature happening, the New Canaan Nature Center took part by hosting its annual Great American Campout.

While the weather looked tenuous for a period, the event was a big success. More than a dozen families pitched their tents in the big field, later enjoying a campfire complete with s’mores and a nighttime nature walk.

“We’ve been participating for like 11 years now,” Michelle Hips, director of community engagement, said of the event started by the National Wildlife Federation.

“Families get to be together outside,” she said. “And for a lot of families that come to this event, it’s their first time camping.”