Kamp Green

Kamp Green

KOA believes in not only celebrating the great outdoors and but taking good care of it as well. That’s why we’re dedicated to encouraging and supporting eco-friendly practices at KOAs across the country.

Since 2010, KOA has been proud to sponsor our “Kamp Green” Program, encouraging KOA owners – and our camping guests – to adopt environmentally friendly practices.

We recognize these efforts by awarding KOA owners a one, two or three leaf icon to be displayed on their KOA.com web pages. Earning a leaf isn’t easy, and our owners are always on the lookout for innovative new projects – both big and small – to protect the environment. In just the first four years, nearly 140 KOA Campgrounds earned green leaves.

Here are just a few eco solutions now in place at KOAs:

The Tucson/Lazydays KOA has installed first-of-its-kind solar shade structures that provide open shade for a full acre of campsites and produce clean solar energy. You can camp, gather, even build campfires under the structures!
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The Naples/Marco Island KOA Holiday installed a photo-voltaic energy system to drive down the park’s electrical usage and shrink it’s carbon footprint. It even heats and cools the swimming pool.
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The Carlsbad KOA Holiday installed a wind turbine to help power the campground’s offices, restaurants and bathrooms. Their swimming pool uses a passive solar heater and LED lights are used throughout the campground.
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The Cape Hatteras KOA Resort added many green solutions while rebuilding after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Now, no plastics are sold on the campground, including water bottles. They also added solar heating to the new main building, providing hot water for the main building, laundry and café.

The Mount Pleasant/Charleston KOA added a solar water heater for its swimming pool, changed to efficient LED lighting and set up recycling stations.

We’ve got many more green camping projects in the works. Look for those one, two and three leaf awards by your favorite KOAs listed here on KOA.com.

Green Camping Tips

From some of our KOA owners

Energy Conservation
  • Keep windows and doors closed when the AC is on.
  • Turn off computers, TV and lights when you’re not using them.
  • Reduce fuel use by driving the speed limit and keeping tires properly inflated.
  • Use recycling containers at your KOA or set up a container in your RV or campsite.
  • Pack food in glass or plastic reusable containers.
  • Look to buy products that you can reuse or recycle.
  • Don’t burn or bury trash, the inks and metals within refuse can release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, soil or water.
  • Protect the water table by using biodegradable soaps, shampoos and detergents.
  • Use biodegradable, organic, zinc oxide based sunscreens. Safer for the oceans, lakes and rivers, and you too!
Leave No Footprint
  • Never, ever litter. Bring a small trash bag when hiking.
  • Protect the trees. Avoid using them for clotheslines or cutting branches for marshmallow sticks.
  • Be kind and help protect the plants and wildlife. They’re fragile. Look but don’t touch.
  • Keep lakes and rivers clean when fishing by using lead-free lures and sinkers.

Find more green camping ideas on our blog, The Greater Outdoors