Vermont State Parks Now Has An App For That
05/28/12 4:04PM By Lynne McCrea
Just in time for the start of the summer season, the Vermont State Parks has rolled out a free iPhone app that gives visitors the ability to access and organize all sorts of information.
Parks director Craig Whipple says the new app is essentially a field guide - on your smartphone.
"It's really pretty cool," Whipple says. "You download the app, and what it allows you to do is find a state park near you that offers the kinds of activities and experiences you're looking for."
Whipple says the iPhone app is designed to provide everything from general information about each park, with directions, campground maps, photos, and contact numbers.
As director of State Parks, Whipple says it can be a challenge to balance his desire to encourage people to get outdoors and unplug with the modern need to stay connected.
"State parks experiences - things like camping, and picnicking are very traditional kinds of activities," says Whipple. "It's fun and interesting and challenging to marry that kind of tradition with contemporary communication tools like this. There are certain things we won't give in to - that we won't compromise the experience or the traditional value in a state parks adventure. This is simply the contemporary way to communicate to people, and we don't find that as compromising our traditional values at all, it's just the way people communicate."
Whipple says plans are in the works to make an android version of the Vermont State Parks app sometime soon.
You can download the parks iPhone app here.