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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 21, 2013
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Spring break is a great time to visit Virginia State Parks

After months of winter, work and school, spring break is a welcomed opportunity for outdoor activity in a nearby Virginia State Park, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Whether for a few hours or a few days in a campground or cabin, every state park provides unique opportunities for self-guided hikes or ranger-led programs to explore nature.

"The weather is mild this time of year, we have fewer out-of-state visitors than the summer time and we have plenty of camp sites and cabins available," said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton. "Spring break in a state park is an affordable and enjoyable way for families to share time together."

All state parks will have special offerings during the "spring break season" of March 22 - April 7, ranging from self-guided programs to special ranger-led programs and Easter egg hunts.

"Our self-guided programs don't have date restrictions, and special arrangements can be made for some other activities," Elton said. "We recognize that some private schools, home-schoolers and even school districts have creative spring break schedules, and we want to extend our spring break invitation to them, as well."

For a list of the special programs offered during spring break, visit the Virginia State Park Calendar: http://1.usa.gov/Y0zjty .

Another Virginia State Park planning tool is the official Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger App available at: http://pocketranger.com/apps/va/apps.php.

For more information about state park activities and amenities, or to make reservations in one of the 25 parks with camping facilities or 18 parks with cabins or family lodges, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK (7275) or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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