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Virginia State Parks want you to explore spring break in your backyard

Virginia wants you to know that its state parks system has plenty to do during spring break. (Photo courtesy of DCR/Virginia State Parks)
Virginia wants you to know that its state parks system has plenty to do during spring break. (Photo courtesy of DCR/Virginia State Parks)

Virginia State Parks want you to get outside and enjoy nature this spring break.

In addition to the scenery, all 37 state parks will have outdoor programs led by rangers, according to a release from Virginia State Parks.

The Parks also have backpacks that can be checked out at most public libraries. 

Backpacks include field guides, binoculars, free parking and entrance passes and Global Positioning Units to rent. Self-guided tours are available for those who want to explore alone. 

For more details, check this map of libraries offering these backpacks.

The Williamsburg Regional Library will have backpacks for residents through its own Park Packs program, which offers backpacks filled with various tools specific to local parks, such as guides, stories and maps, according to the website.

The backpacks are based on various themes, such as birds, and include items such as maps and trail recommendations, binoculars, a blue-heron feather, a field guide, cassettes of bird sounds and a story about two early Audubon Society founders. There are also packs specific to Jamestown or colonial life.

The York County Public Library does not currently offer the park packs, but plans to have them available in about another month, according to Sue LaParo, head of youth services.

Virginia State Parks will also have spring-break programs such as scavenger hunts and other activities

While you’re out there, the state parks encourage you to post photos of your visit to Instagram, using the hashtag #vastateparks.

For more information about all activities in Virginia State Parks, including overnight accommodations, call the customer service center at 800-933-7275 or check VSP’s website.

Alexa Doironhttp://wydaily.com
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at alexa@localvoicemedia.com.

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