Park Access Fund

Each year, since 2016, Vermont Parks Forever provides free park passes to hundreds of Vermonters, including foster families, youth programs, front-line workers, those with developmental disabilities, BIPOC communities, new Americans, mental health clients, those with limited mobility, and those who otherwise would not have the chance to experience all Vermont’s state parks have to offer. Learn more about our commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Read the 2022 Park Access Report

Read the June 2022 Press Release

Park Access Survey
Vermont Parks Forever is launching a survey to find out who isn’t going to the parks and why.
Learn more and view the survey.

Park Access Grant Application
Vermont Parks Forever is currently accepting applicants for 2023 Park Access Grants. Applications must be completed by April 3rd, 2023 for funding in the 2023 park season. Organizations serving Vermonters facing barriers to outdoor experiences can submit an application using the button below.

We are grateful to have worked with the following community partners in granting park passes. Click here to read stories from our partners.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes
  • Champlain Community Services
  • DREAM Program
  • Experience Literacy Camp at Mt. Anthony Union Middle School
  • G.R.I.T.S.
  • Howard Center
  • King Street Center
  • Laraway Youth & Family Services
  • Mary Johnson Children’s Center
  • Mercy Connections
  • NCSS, Inc – School Based Autism Program
  • Northeast Disabled Athletic Association
  • Powered Magazine
  • Sarah Holbrook Community Center
  • Spectrum
  • Turning Point Recovery Center of Springfield
  • United Way, Working Bridges
  • Unlikely Riders
  • Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
  • Vermont Department for Children and Families
  • Vermont Kin as Parents
  • Vermont Professionals of Color Network
  • Vermont Releaf Collective

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