June 2019 Newsletter                                                          View this email in your browser
Summer officially begins today and all of the state parks are open!
Thanks to park enthusiasts like you, we’re less than $1,000 away from helping 150 foster families enjoy Vermont State Parks this season.

Your gift of $30 allows a foster family to spend time together in the parks.
Make your gift online today and it will be matched dollar for dollar,
thanks to generous supporters of this program.

Enjoy the newsletter and have a great summer!
News from the Parks: Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge
Our friends at Vermont State Parks challenge you to make a sand sculpture, sleep under the stars, build a natural fishing lure, do a handstand in a lake or pond...

Every year, families from all over Vermont participate in this fun outdoor scavenger hunt called Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge, earning points while taking part in exciting activities like hiking, swimming, fishing, identifying plants, talking to park rangers, and more.  Bonus activities are announced each week to get you closer to your goal. If you earn 250 points before October 15, 2019 you get a VIP gold coin, good for free state park entry for rest of this year and all of next! 

Visit the Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge page and get started!
Welcome 2019 Business Partners!
Our 2019 Business Partnerships Program has officially launched! We are thrilled to acknowledge our generous partners who provide support for VPF's work on behalf of Vermont State Parks while getting their employee's out into the parks with free passes!

Jay Peak
King Arthur Flour 
Law Office of Charles L. Powell
McCormick, Fitzpatrick, Kasper & Burchard, P.C.
Michelob Ultra
Outdoor Gear Exchange

Community National Bank, Concept2, Julbo, Main Street Landing, The Alchemist, Timber & Stone LLC, and Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom

View a complete list of the 28 VPF Business Partners for 2019!

Are you a business owner who wants to support the parks?
View the Business Partnership Program details or contact us at (802) 917-1719 or 

What's Your Favorite Park Story?
Anyone who has ever visited one of Vermont's state parks has left with a good story to tell! Send us your story and picture, and we'll share them with our readers and mail you a Vermont Parks Forever sticker!

Here's one of our favorites about Muckross Day Camp held at Muckross State Park in Springfield, Vermont

Shared by Margie Reurink, Park Manager at Muckross

Last year, approximately 160 kids, grades 1-8, took part in the Muckross Day Camp program. They explored the pond, went on nature hikes, played outdoor games and created nature-based art. We were lucky enough to have presentations by Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, and Raven’s Wood Outdoor School. Additionally, with help from the Vermont Humanities Council, each first and second grader brought home 3 nature books. Overall, the summer was filled with plenty of sun, fun and outdoor nature exploration for all!

Muckross State Park is a new park as of 2016 and is located just outside of town in Springfield. The property was generously donated by Edgar May so that it could become a community-oriented state park and be used for exactly the kind of programming described above. To learn more about the history of this special place and see historic photos visit the Friends of Muckross website.

 A Special Thanks to the VPF Board of Directors!

Top row (left to right): Craig Whipple, Keith Kasper, Rebecca Ramos, Bill Supple, and Emily Boedecker.

 Bottom row: Jon Leibowitz, Amanda McKay, Beth Montuori Rowles, and Nancy Mathews.  Not pictured: Deb Markowitz.

As we gathered earlier this month for our June Board meeting in space provided by our friends at Burton, 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. 

Interested in learning about serving on the board? Contact us at

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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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Vermont Parks Forever
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