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Vote for Vermont in the Great Outdoors Month Video Contest 2016!

Fun fact: June is "Great Outdoors Month." It's official-  check out the proclamation from the Governor ! Each year, the American Recreation Coalition holds a Great Outdoors Month Video Competition nationwide to promote outdoor recreation. Vermont State Parks submitted a video and we were selected as a finalist in the competition, along with 10 others. Now, the public gets to vote to choose the 5 finalists. Here's our video: Here is the link to look at the other finalists and vote. Of course we suggest watching all the videos and making an impartial selection.. we would NEVER suggest simply voting for our entry because we're biased towards Vermont. June has been officially designated as Great Outdoors month since 2004. It's a way to highlight fun outdoor activities in our shared resources like state parks and forests. The American Recreation Coalition is a nonprofit based out of Washington, D.C. The group is "dedicated to the protection and

Early Season Options at Vermont State Parks

Summer is almost here.... right? Well, we hope so! Are you looking to get out into the parks and do some camping, or just get out for the day? We hear you, and so are we. Being outside this time of year can be unpredictable. Days are either surprisingly warm or or quite cool, and most nights are still distinctly chilly. On the plus side: good views when trees don't yet have all their leaves, many opportunities to spot spring wildflowers and birds- plus, fewer bugs than later in the season! All of our parks are open for day use year round, and a handful of parks open before Memorial Day. The rest are getting the grounds clean and ready for the season, so camping is not permitted until the official opening date.  Here are some options for enjoying State Parks before Memorial Day: Grand Isle State Park- Grand Isle, Vermont (Open April 13th) View of Camel's Hump from Grand Isle  Located on South Hero island, featuring 4,150 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline. Grand Isle