This is the second of a four-part series about what we do in parks during the off-season.
Virginia State Parks’ campgrounds close in early December and re-open in early March. However, during the off-season many of our cabins, trails, and visitor centers are open for visitors. In addition to supporting the services that stay open year-round, our staff takes time to make sure the “busy season” is chock full of fun activities for our visitors.
One of the most important things we offer at Virginia State Parks are interpretive programs. Interpretive programs are the guided hikes, craft programs, Junior Ranger programs, bird watching events, canoe/kayak trips, fishing clinics, etc. that we host to help you interface with the natural, cultural and historic resources in the parks. During the off-season, we plan our programming, inventory our supplies, work on finding grant funding and sponsors, and train our Park Interpreters.
If you are interested in volunteering or if your company/employer is interested in sponsoring some programming please contact the park in your area or email [email protected].
As schedules get sorted out, you will see our events posted on the www.virginiastateparks.gov website under “Park Events” and listed in the Virginia State Parks E-News. You can sign up for the E-News through our website. Remember some programs have limited space and require reservations so sign up early!!
Don’t forget–we also schedule private programs. If you see an activity that you are interested in, but want to bring out a large group like a classroom or scout troop–call your local park so they can get your group worked into the schedule. Private programs do have a cost, but the fee is very reasonable.
We look forward to seeing you at a Virginia State Park!!