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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 09, 2003
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks hosts nature photography workshops

(RICHMOND, VA.)-- The natural beauty of Virginia State Parks will be on display at two fall nature photography workshops, taught by award-winning professional photographers Bill and Linda Lane and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

These learning vacations are filled with hands-on instruction, demonstrations and plenty of one-on-one assistance. Photography workshops will be held at Hungry Mother State Park, Oct. 3-5, and False Cape State Park, Oct. 24-26, 2003.

Deep in the heart of Virginia's southwestern highlands, Hungry Mother State Park in Marion is an ideal location to capture autumn's vibrant colors. Lodging is in the park's heated and air conditioned cabins. The weekend includes trips to cascading streams, waterfalls and one of the highest peaks in Virginia. The $375 per person cost includes lodging but not dinners.

False Cape State Park, in Virginia Beach near Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, is the perfect place to study wildlife photography and the spectacular fall migration of songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey. The workshop begins Friday at 4 p.m., when you'll park and ride a private bus to the park. Lodging is in the dorm-style Washwood Environmental Education Center. The $350 per person cost includes lodging and all meals except dinner Friday.

Space is limited, and reservations are now being accepted. For information, call (804) 883-7740. To make reservations for a photography workshop, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK, or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov.

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