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VIPP Program - Very Important Parks Person
If you frequent state parks…
And now’s the time to make it official!
VIPP is a unique visitation program introduced in 1986 and created to recognize
VIPPers are an eclectic group.
There are hikers and bikers (both bicycle and motorcycle).
There are paw paws and whippersnappers.
There are the very curious with GPS units and the very laid back ready for a nap.
Preachers, teachers and students.
Historians and naturalists.
Teens and tweens and young families recognizing state parks and forests as an affordable family vacation with great facilities and programs.
Many VIPPers remember parks as a child and continue to visit parks as a tradition with children, a sweetheart, parent, guardian or grandparent.
Each participant has a personal commitment or fond memories of state parks and forests.
All independently share an appreciation of the recreational treasure that public lands like parks and forests offer state residents and guests. Parks and forests are special places that are
The VIPP concept gives recognition to individuals, friends and family visiting state parks and forests and enjoying the interpretative programs, activities and special events offered.
In the “spirit of welcome,” you’re invited to participate.
How to join the growing VIPP list:
A lifetime of enjoyment at WV State parks and forests begins!
To attain VIPP status participants must:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a lifetime of state park fun as a VIPP and to ask for a VIPP brochure. If you're wanting only the registration form click here to print that information. You may complete the form, scan and forward the information via email as an alternative to a postal mailing. The email address is email@example.com
29th ANNUAL PICNIC
The 29th Annual Picnic host site will be held at North Bend State Park. The picnic date is Saturday, August 29, 2015 with activities being planned for Friday and Sunday. When calling for rooms or cabins ask for VIPP reservations. Camping will be 50% off site rates. (See camping information below.)
As of July 28, 2015 the 29-rooms and nine cabins at North Bend are sold out, If cancellations occur, park staff will use the waiting list. Visit the Ritchie County TVB site and the Greater Parkersburg CVB site for suggestions for local accommodations; the Friday information link below also includes contact information for hotels in the Parkersburg and Clarksburg areas – the list does not include bed and breakfasts, cabins or other accommodations types.
North Bend has two separate campground areas: River Run and Cokeley. The reservable campsites at River Run are booked (as of July 28, 2015) leaving first-come, first-serve sites available. Cokeley Campground sites are all first-come, first-serve. The VIPP Picnic does not close the park to the general public or alter campground operations.
First-come, first-serve campsites become reserved with payment beginning with the date of payment. An example, if a camper calls North Bend on Thursday (this example being August 27) and a site is available for that Thursday (8/27), Friday (8/28) and Saturday (8/29), the campground attendant can take the payment for the three nights and that campsite would be available upon your arrival whether is it Thursday or Friday or Saturday. Calls can be made the day of the first night rental for first-come, first-serve sites, and if available and with payment, reserved for your arrival later in the day. Another example, a person could call on Monday, August 24 and pay for August 24-30 at that time and the site is available upon your arrival because it is paid for from that beginning date and consecutive dates forward. VIPP campsite rates are 50% off for attendees registered for the VIPP Picnic for a two or more night rentals.
River Run campsite information is available by calling 304-643-2931. Cokeley Campground campsite information is available by calling 304-643-4777. The attendant answering the phone is also the same dedicated employee that refreshes the bathhouses, checks-in campers and processes payments. Attendants generally report to work at 8:00a but immediately check bathhouses and grounds. Your understanding and patience when calling is appreciated.
The picnic and activities are coming together! The mailing is out and received.
The picnic is on Saturday, August 29 at North Bend State Park. This year we'll be having a corn roast as part of picnic fun. Horse drawn wagon rides by Hardly Able Carriage Company and bike use from North Bend Outfitters is part of the fun. The swimming pool is open on Saturday and Sunday.
Please note on the registration form (and on program information) about a price reduction to ride the Island Belle Sternwheeler to Blennerhassett Island. This can be a little confusing, but bear with us. Folks that send registration form for the picnic and plan to visit Blennerhassett Island on Friday, August 28, please check that info on the registration form. We will create a list of registered Picnickers and provide those names Blennerhassett Island staff. Those individuals indicating island visits on August 28 can ride the Island Belle for $5 – which is a reduction from the full rate. See Island Departure schedule and rate info if planning to visit Blennerhassett Island on Friday, August 28. Ticket purchase is at Blennerhassett Museum as normal and departure from Point Park. The special Island Belle rate is also available on Sunday, August 30, however, to get that rate, please show you VIPP Picnic Name Tag. The rate is not available on August 29 because there is not enough time to visit the island on Picnic Day! Do not send money to ride the sternwheeler with your picnic registration form. You will purchase the boat ticket at Blennerhassett Museum.
2016 Picnic Announcement
VIPP newsletters or fliers arrive via US postal service once a year, or more if appropriate and feasible to the addresses on file in our VIPP participant registration mailing list. If you have moved, and have not notified the program manager of the address change, we will not have a current address on file. Please keep Carol updated.
An electronic VIPP newsletter is available when we have your email address and your request for the eNewsletter. Individuals must subscribe to the electronic newsletter and may unsubscribe at any time. Privacy policies protect you from unwanted electronic transmissions and why you generate the email request. Click here to fill out the online form to receive electronic newsletters.
Very Important Parks Person (VIPP)
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