Park Access Fund

** In 2021, with your help, VPF is working to double our Park Access Fund to reach more Vermonters!  Now, more than ever, spending time in nature is important and VPF is committed to an equitable park experience. Be in touch if you can help or have suggestions on who we can reach out to.**

Each year, since 2016, VPF provides free park passes to hundreds of Vermonters, including foster families, youth programs, front-line workers, and those with limited mobility, who otherwise would not have the chance to experience all Vermont’s state parks have to offer.  Take a look at a sampling of what we’ve done together over the past years to ensure the natural relief a day in the parks can bring:

Adaptive Kayaking with Northeast Disabled Athletic Association

Adaptive Kayaking

Northeast Disabled Athletic Association

The funding from Vermont Parks Forever offered unrestricted entrance to Vermont State Parks for participants to kayak as often as they were able to, all summer long.
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Frontline Workers

United Way of Northwest Vermont
Green Mountain United Way

Essential workers faced with “pandemic fatigue” were overjoyed at the opportunity to access Vermont’s State Parks with the passes provided by Vermont Parks Forever.
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Experience Literacy

Located in Bennington, VT

A hands-on literacy program for at-risk readers, camp participants read/write for six hours one day then go on field trips the next day.
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Vermont Releaf

Collective

https://www.vtreleafcollective.org/

“Thanks to Vermont Parks Forever, our 32 children experienced their local state park, some for the first time!  We splashed in the brook, hiked the trails, and drew what we saw in our nature journals.  Thanks for making this trip possible!”
-Vermont Releaf Collective member

Champlain

Community

Services

https://ccs-vt.org/

“Enjoyed Niquette State Park last Wednesday to celebrate a birthday! Hiked 2 miles!”
– Participant

Laraway Youth &

Family Services

Johnson, VT

A grant from Vermont Parks Forever allowed over 30 youth to access Vermont State Parks during the 2019 Summer Program for at-risk youth.

“We hiked, we swam, and we picnicked in the shade of trees.  We are so grateful for this grant which allowed our kids to experience the therapeutic effects of nature!” ~Katherine Stamper, Development Director

A young child looks at a body of water and mountains

Department of

Children

and Families

Over the past 5 years VPF has helped hundreds of foster families access our state parks!

The children have used it to spend lots of time exploring nature, hiking, finding bugs, swimming, learning about rocks and how mountains are formed. This past year especially when there were so few options for kids to do that felt safe during the pandemic having access to all the state parks was a huge gift.” ~ A 2020 foster mom


It’s so important for everyone to have access to the state parks,” says Sarah Alberghini Winters of Vermont Parks Forever. When we explore the outdoors, we build healthy bodies and minds, and we become responsible stewards of the natural world.”


Vermont Parks Forever is able to increase access to our park system for our Vermont neighbors thanks to the donations of these generous donors:

  • Cashdan/Stein Great Grandmother Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation
  • Charles P. Ferro Foundation
  • Common Deer
  • The Alchemist
  • Brimstone Consulting Group, LLC
  • SCHIP
  • The Boston Red Sox Foundation
  • National Life Group Foundation
  • Necrason Group, PLC
  • Outdoor Gear Exchange
  • Vermont Mutual Insurance
  • Vermont-NEA
  • Vermont Parks Forever Supporters
  • Vermont Parks Forever Board and Staff Members