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Scavenger hunts to be held at state parks

MONTPELIER — Vermont State Parks announces that the 2016 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge is on.
The Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge is a statewide outdoor scavenger hunt where participants earn points by completing fun, outdoor activities and can earn free entry to Vermont State Parks for this year and all of next year.
Those interested in participating should go to the parks website and download the 2016 Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge score sheet, choose the activities from each section that they’d like to do, and take a photo of themselves (or have someone else take a photo of them) doing that activity. Once they reach 250 points, they can send in their score sheet, photos and any accompanying materials, and Vermont State Parks will send them a gold VIP pass good for free park entry for 2016 and 2017.
Most of the activities can be done anywhere and include things like making a croquet course using items from around the house for mallets and balls, whittling a marshmallow stick, or observing and identifying three native Vermont wildflowers.
“This program is one of our favorites,” says Vermont State Parks Director Craig Whipple. “It’s a win for parents because they get ideas of fun things to do with their kids and it gets the whole family outside. The kids love the challenges, and especially the VIP gold coin, which gives them a rewarding sense of accomplishment.”
Activities must be completed between April 1 and Oct. 15. Weekly bonus activities will be posted on Vermont State Park’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
For more information, and to get started, visit www.vtstateparks.com/htm/venturevt.htm.

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