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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 21, 2008
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks offer two new vacation guides

(RICHMOND) - Two new guides from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation highlight the many offerings in Virginia State Parks dedicated to helping children explore the outdoors.

"Theres a growing recognition that many children today suffer from a nature-deficit," said DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon. "Too often, children only see the natural world through the glass of car windows or on television or computer screens. We know that additional exposure to the outdoors in general, and Virginia State Parks specifically, can help children grow and learn in important ways. Its vitally important children get outside and enjoy nature, and were making children in nature an important focus this year."

The 24-page Virginia State Parks Guide and the Virginia State Parks 2008 Outdoor Adventures Guide and Calendar introduce visitors to exciting outdoor activities and make seasonal planning easier for the entire family.

"These two publications are the first stop in planning a Virginia State Parks visit," said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton. "From traditional outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing clinics or night hikes, to arts and crafts festivals and bluegrass concerts, visitors will always find something to do in our parks, either as a family, or just communing with nature individually."

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation manages the award-winning Virginia State Parks.Both guides are available at Virginia Welcome Centers, local visitor centers, libraries, Virginia State Parks, or by calling 1-800-933-PARK. Up to the minute, comprehensive Virginia State Parks information is also available at www.virginiastateparks.gov .

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