As cooler temperatures prevail and fall colors return to the landscape, we're thankful for the past months spent in Vermont's 55 beautiful state parks! Below you'll find updates from our summer work.
Next month, we’ll share stories from VPF’s 2022 Park Access Program which granted over 5,500 free visits to the parks to help everyone enjoy these public treasures. Generous supporters like you have helped this program reach all 14 counties in Vermont. Thank you for being part of the state park community!
Jonan’s favorite parts of the internship were being outside and interacting with hikers. He said he’s learned a lot about the park, learned how to run a cash register, and has strengthened his work ethic.
Read on to learn about two of our 2022 Benefactors:
Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE), located in Burlington, Vermont aims to empower outdoor activity, adventure, and exploration of all kinds by cultivating community and encouraging knowledge sharing. OGE began as a used equipment shop to lower barriers to entry and continues this work by continuing to offer used, discounted, and new equipment as well as support organizations, like Vermont Parks Forever, who create opportunities for access.
Common Deer is a family-run small business with a big mission: to make American Made more accessible. By choosing domestic goods, you help ensure that more jobs stay stateside, skilled artists are doing what they love, and local economies thrive. Located in Burlington and only at commondeer.com, find the work of over 500 different brands and artists under one roof! Check out their state park prints and pennants!
Vermont Parks Forever was founded in 2013 to enhance and protect Vermont State Parks through charitable support. VPF provides innovative nature education opportunities in the parks, increases access to parks for underserved communities, and inspires stewardship of Vermont’s natural places.