People looking for the a holiday gift that keeps giving throughout the year can give outdoor enthusiasts access to thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of nature hike opportunities, dozens of beaches, and some of the most scenic areas found in Wisconsin with a 2013 Wisconsin state park admission stickers or state trail pass.

2013 annual vehicle admission stickers and state trails passes go on sale Dec. 1 at state park facilities and Department of Natural Resources service centers statewide. State park properties will honor 2013 stickers and passes for admission to parks, forests, recreation areas and trails beginning Dec. 1, 2012.

The admission stickers are designed by high school students and the winning design is chosen in a statewide contest.

The winning 2013 admission sticker, with marshmallows being roasted over a campfire, was designed by Holly Jo Cegielski, a sophomore at Waukesha South High School. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 150,000 vehicles.

The vehicle admission stickers provide access to more than 60 state park, forest and recreation area properties across Wisconsin. The stickers are required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks and recreation areas. Some state forest and trail parking areas also require a sticker.

state trail pass is required for all people age 16 or older biking, in-line skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or off-highway motorcycling on certain state trails. A state trail pass is not required for walking or hiking.

Admission stickers cost is $25 for Wisconsin residents or $35 for nonresidents – the same as last year. A family with more than one vehicle registered to the same household may purchase additional state park stickers at half price. A senior citizen annual sticker for $10 is available for Wisconsin Residents 65 years of age and older. Annual trail passes are $20 for residents and nonresidents.

In addition to park, forest and trail offices and DNR service centers, stickers and trail passes are available over the phone from the DNR call center. Phone customers can call the DNR at 888-936-7463 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Customers need to order stickers and passes by Monday, Dec. 17 to receive them for the holidays.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks also offers online sales of admission stickers and trail passes with a donation to the statewide friends group through the organization’s website www.fwsp.org.

2014 state park sticker design contest open

Entries for the 2014 Wisconsin state park sticker design contest are being accepted now through April 17, 2013. The contest is open to all high school age students (ninth through twelfth grades) attending public, private, or parochial schools in Wisconsin.

The design must be the artist’s original creation and cannot be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, clip art or electronic graphic images. Photographs or photo manipulations are not accepted.

Contest rules, a design template and entry form are available by searching for “sticker design contest” on the DNR website.

Logo courtesy Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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