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Free Parking At State Parks

HEAV received three recent reports from parents who were asked to submit a lesson plan detailing the official homeschool activity they were there for in order to receive their free parking pass. The reports are related to the same state park.

As this special request is not included in park policy, HEAV reached out to Virginia State Parks Visitor Services Director Nancy Heltman for clarification. Ms. Heltman confirmed no changes have been made regarding this courtesy to homeschoolers or to the policy. She advised that this seems to be an ongoing misunderstanding of policy and homeschooling that is occuring at one particular park and, possibly, with one individual. She will contact the park manager to clarify the policy and ensure it is implemented correctly by park representatives.

If a special request is made of a homeschool parent, Ms. Heltman advises to ask the park representative to indicate where, in the park policy, the special request is found. You may wish to print out the pertinent information from this page to keep in your car: Parking Fees

HEAV is always available should you ever have questions or need assistance. Please contact us anytime at 804-278-9200 or via our contact form.

Patricia Beahr
Assistant Director of Government Affairs

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