June Newsletter 2018                                                         View this email in your browser

Help us Reach our Goal!
150 park passes for Vermont foster families 

Thanks to generous gifts from the Cashdan/Stein Great Grandmother Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Charles P. Ferro Foundation, The Alchemist, and VPF supporters like you, we have raised over $4,000 and have nearly reached our goal of 150 park passes. Only $375 are needed to get us across the finish line and to provide 13 additional foster families with free access to the parks! Can you help?

Access to our state parks and spending time outdoors play an important role in the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and families. We are excited to help create these connections to nature for families and look forward to sharing their park stories with you! 

Didn't have a chance to give? It's not too late.
Click HERE to help foster families enjoy the parks each year. 

Park passes are available on a first come, first served basis for qualified foster families. Foster families in need of a parks pass are encouraged to speak to the Resource Coordinator in their district office.

"Daddy when can we go camping again?"
In 2013, inspired by a story of a mom trying to get outside every weekend, Brian and Lori Miller, along with their two children, Leah and Collin, set out on their quest to visit all 52 (now 55!) state parks. For the Millers, the geographic and financial accessibility of Vermont State Parks make the parks the perfect fit to set aside family time outdoors, unplug, and have fun. The Millers just visited #37! Here is an update from their latest adventure in Quechee State Park. 
This is what our kids asked us as the weather started getting warmer and we worked on breaking the camper out of hibernation. Hallelujah! Our kids want to go camping! We’ve done something right! After what seemed like an extra long winter hiatus, our quest to reach all 55 Vermont state parks as a family began again Memorial Day weekend. Quechee State Park became #37 on our steadily growing checklist. It’s been a while since we’ve written about our state park quest because I don’t recall mentioning the fact that we graduated to a pop-up camper. And just when life and camping with kids was getting easier, we got a puppy. I guess we needed to balance out the relative “ease” of having a pop-up with the additional challenge of camping with kids and a dog! Read more here.
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people who love Vermont State Parks.
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Welcome new Business Partners!
Our 2018 Business Partnerships Program has officially launched and we are thrilled to welcome King Arthur Flour as a Park Benefactor and Community National Bank as a Park Patron. Not only does this partnership provide businesses the opportunity to directly support the parks, but it gives us the chance to say thanks by providing free park passes to business employees! 



Are you a business owner interested in learning more?
Contact us at (802) 917-1719 or 

Vermont State Parks
officially open!

Hopefully you were able to enjoy the parks during Vermont Days last weekend, but if not, you have the entire summer ahead of you! Visit Vermont State Parks' website to make camping reservations and plan your park outings!  

A special thanks to the VPF Board of Directors!
As we gathered last week at Seyon Lodge State Park for our June Board meeting, we were reminded of how very lucky we are to have such a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers serving on the VPF Board of Directors. Their experience spans decades, and their backgrounds and talents are diverse. We are grateful for their leadership and contributions towards protecting, enhancing, and improving access to our state parks.

Meet our Board
VPF Board of Directors. Top row (left to right): Deb Markowitz, Amanda McKay, and Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. Bottom row (left to right): Craig Whipple, Bill Supple, Beth Montuori Rowles, and Tim Briglin. 
Not pictured: Scott Johnstone, Alex MacLean, and Rebecca Ramos.
Make a Gift to Vermont Parks Forever

Vermont Parks Forever was founded in 2013 to enhance and protect Vermont State Parks through charitable and private support. We collaborate with Vermont residents, parks visitors, and state government to improve our parks for the benefits of residents and visitors alike. 

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