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Accessibility in the Vermont State Parks

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The Vermont State Parks have been taking strides to make our campgrounds and facilities more accessible to visitors with varying needs. Many of our pavilions and picnic areas are universally accessible and we're doing more every day to increase trail and water accessibility as well. One of our current projects is taking place at Waterbury Center State Park, where we are linking the parking area, swimming beach, and picnicking areas with ADA accessible paths!

Searching through our system to locate accessible campsites and activities can be challenging, so we've compiled a brief list to make it a little easier. One thing to keep in mind when looking through our interactive campground maps is that any site listed as "universally accessible" is within 150 feet of drinking water, toilet facilities and showers.

For Lovers of the Outdoors:
Smugglers’ Notch State Park – *ask for tent site #4 or Oak lean-to*
Smugglers' Notch is a great option for anyone looking a hike with…

Mrs. Vermont 2015 Teams Up with Vermont State Parks

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We go together like pageantry and parks! Dorilee LeBlanc, AKA Mrs. Vermont 2015, is building her pageant platform around getting kids outside, active, and re-connected with nature, and we couldn't be happier to help.

"There are so many reasons why I love this challenge," says Dorilee. "It encourages folks to get outside and be active; it's free or super affordable; and it creates a bonding experience and goals to reach as a family."

This summer, Dorilee will be visiting several state parks to do activities with kids that will also count toward their Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenges. She already assisted us in the awarding of our first Random Acts of Camping certificate at Elmore State Park, and is gearing up for a grand tour of the parks on the following dates:


Friday, July 17th, 10am-1pm: Sand Bar State Park for Sandcastles and Creatures
Sunday, July 26th, 11am-1pm: Waterbury Center State Park for a Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 1st, 10am-…

"Of Land and Local" Brings Artists to Several Vermont State Parks

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Burlington City Arts (BCA), in conjunction with Vermont State Parks, Shelburne Farms and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, are pleased to announce Of Land & Local 2015, the 3rd annual statewide exploration of contemporary art. Of Land & Local is an annual multidisciplinary, statewide project designed to initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding art and the environment. New this year is a partnership with Vermont State Parks, which allows artists to be in summer residencies in select parks through August, as well as at Shelburne Farms and Marsh Billings.

Artists will be in residence at these locations making new work that responds directly to their specific location. This work created in the parks, along with additional work from 14 artists total, will be exhibited at Shelburne Farms from October 1 - 18, 2015, and at The BCA Center on Church Street in Burlington from September 25 - November 14, 2015. Click here for full details about the residencies and ex…