All New, Limited Edition Vermont State Parks Holiday Gift Packages Now on Sale!

With all new merchandise this year, these limited edition gift packages come attractively wrapped and ready to give. Shipping is free and they are easy to order online.

Gift certificates, punch cards, season passes, stoneware pint glasses, hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts and more can also be ordered online at www.vtstateparks.com.

Here are the Packages at a Glance:

Vermont State Parks Annual Visitation Reaches 1 Million

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced a milestone in Vermont State Park visitation. So far this year, more than 1 million people have visited state parks. That hasn’t happened in 27 years and has only occurred four other times over the 91 year history of the park system. “We are all pleased that so many Vermonters and guests are realizing the treasures we have in our wonderful park system,” Gov. Shumlin said.

Willoughby State Forest Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled for November 5, 2015

Please join us for a planning discussion regarding improvements to the South End area of Willoughby State Forest. This area of the forest receives a tremendous amount of use during the summer months and the level of use is growing each year. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation recently secured a grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission for infrastructure improvements at the South End.

Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces Upcoming Grant Availability

The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) is pleased to announce the availability of over $500,000 in grant funds for this program year. The application period will open on October 1, 2015, with grants targeting essential, catalytic investments in Vermont’s farm and forest economy. Grants will be available to Vermont agriculture and forest sector businesses, as well as service providers that provide the critical technical assistance needed for business growth.

The two investment areas are as follows:

Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Training - September 12, 2015

Enjoy spending time outdoors? Concerned about the health of Vermont’s forests? Then we need YOUR help!

First Detector volunteers are our front-line defense against invasive tree pest infestations. The Vermont Forest Pest First Detector Program is hosting a FREE volunteer training session on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 9:30am-4:15pm in Manchester, Vermont.

We are training volunteers to:

Mrs. Vermont 2015 Teaming Up With Vermont State Parks To Get Kids Outside This Summer

MONTPELIER - Dorilee LeBlanc, aka Mrs. Vermont 2015, will be joining Vermont State Parks in a series of events designed to get children outside and active by incorporating fun activities and games into her visits. As part of the Mrs. America 2015 Pageant, her social mission is to get kids “unplugged and in the great outdoors.”

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