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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:
On January 1, the reward for VIPP visit completion changed to receiving a gift card that can be used at any WV state park or forest and a VIPP patch. This reward is a better value and more useful by VIPPer. The program allowed for this same dollar value in jacket purchases, but as jacket styles changed over the years due to replacing discontinued styles, we recognized an increase in complains about quality, styles and sizing. Completed cards submitted on or before January 15, 2014 will receive a jacket. Completed cards received January 16 or later will be the new generation of VIPPers.
Please know we have given this a lot of thought, elevated discussions consideration, and finally an agreement to at program better serves our VIPP supporter as well as our state park system.
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
28th ANNUAL PICNIC
The 28th annual VIPP Picnic was at Pipestem Resort State Park on September 13, 2014. It was a great time in spite of rain on Saturday. Over 150 people attended and enjoyed Friday program presented by Jodi French-Burr with the NPS, Saturday's Three Rivers Avian Center and live birds of prey, and what became an indoor picnic as a result of continued rain
The 29th Annual Picnic host site was announced and it is 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. The phone is 304-643-2931 or email.
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)
Volunteer Park Host Program
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