State Parks Promotional Videos Feature Phish Band Tunes

Feb 20, 2018
Courtesy of: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Look out for, and rock out to, the state Department of Environmental Protection’s new series of social media videos featuring music by jam band Phish, designed to promote outdoor recreation in New Jersey’s parks, forests and recreation areas.

“These videos, featuring stunning aerial views of parks from High Point to Cape May Point, showcase the beauty and diversity of New Jersey’s park system,” said Mark Texel, director of the Division of Parks and Forestry, which orchestrated the project. “We are particularly pleased that Phish gave the state park service permission to use their music to encourage an even broader audience of visitors to tune into our parks and historic sites – and all that they offer.”

The park service shot the videos over several months and, after a Phish fan who works for the DEP offered the idea, it contacted the band’s management in Vermont, which granted permission to the department to use the audio clips free of charge.

The one-minute videos feature Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Island Beach State Park, Batsto Village Historic Site, Cape May Point State Park, High Point State Park, Stokes State Forest, Spruce Run Recreation Area and Round Valley Recreation Area.

As the DEP points out, “The group is noted for instrumental improvisations that draw from jazz, rock and country. The videos feature instrumental clips from eight Phish songs – including ‘Harry Hood,’ ‘Glide’ and ‘Divided Sky’.”

Phish lead guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell both grew up in New Jersey. In 1993 and 1995, Phish performed at the Waterloo Village Historic Site, which is part of the state park system.

The system includes 50 parks, forests, recreation areas, battlefields and marinas, and offers recreational activities such as camping, fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing; hiking, biking and horseback riding; picnicking; and wildlife viewing. In addition, the state preserves important historic sites and structures, including the Barnegat and Cape May lighthouses, as well as places such as Batsto, a former iron-making village in the Pine Barrens.

Watch the videos on Instagram at; on Facebook, at; or on YouTube. —J.K.-H.

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