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Stuck indoors with the family but yearn to get outside or connected to nature each day? Try some of the new and exciting opportunities below – for indoor fun, online experiences, and outdoor adventures. Be sure to practice safe and appropriate social distancing, have fun and stay safe outdoors.
Please routinely visit CT State Parks and Forests and COVID-19 for the latest updates on staying safe during this unsettling time. We are all responsible for doing our part to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe.
Virtual Learning Center - Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park (link to external site) Enjoy nature activities from your home and stay connected to Meigs Point Nature Center through:
- Facebook Live Events
- Scavenger Hunts
- Word Finds
- and more!
Have to Have a Habitat!
Help create habitats for wildlife at home. Learn the importance of dead trees (called snags) and brush piles for wildlife, how to create butterfly gardens or nest structures, and other ways to enhance a backyard for wildlife by visiting these Wildlife Habitat Fact Sheets.
The Natural Resources group has put together 25 easy activities you can do in your backyard or neighborhood. Check them out!
Project WILD is a conservation and environmental education activity guide and series of activities for preschool to high school learners. The goal of Project WILD is for learners to develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness to make informed decisions and take action concerning wildlife and the environment. Here is a list of condensed activities adapted for remote learning:
For Geology and Paleontological Activities visit the Virtual Activities section on the Dinosaur State Park webpage!
The No Child Left Inside® Program
Please visit the nochildleftinside.org website for information about the Great Outdoor Pursuit 2021 Program.
Should you have any questions, please email Kristen Bellantuono, No Child Left Inside® Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kellogg Environmental Center provides outdoor educational resources and opportunities year round. To help you explore the outdoors we have provided a collection of nature related activities. Feel free to download and use these the next time you enjoy a walk in your neighborhood, explore a new park or investigate your backyard. Trails at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave in Derby, are open for walking. We encourage you to use safe distancing between groups as you enjoy fields, forests, and wetlands. Some of the activities to try include: Beginner Bird Nerd, What Flew By Bingo, Connecticut Raptor Identification, Spring and Summer Bird Picture Guide, Forest Floor Bingo, A General Scavenger Hunt for the Senses.
Get to Know your Parks
Connecticut State Parks offer many opportunities for visitors to enjoy. Print out and use these coloring pages to learn what special places, activities, and information the Parks provide to you. Each page features images of Parks from across Connecticut along with plants, animals and symbols. See how many Parks you have visited and find new ones to enjoy!
Learn what surprises are in store with these I Spy Challenges.
Boating in Connecticut video series on YouTube
Do you love getting outside and being on the water? Have an interest in boating and outdoor recreation? Are you a teacher looking to provide important life skills for your students? Watch the Better Boating videos, produced by the experts in DEEP's Boating Division. Designed for middle school and high school students, the Better Boating series provides detailed information regarding boating safety tips, laws, and requirements for on-water recreation. This is a great distance-learning resource for Health and Physical Education teachers to share with their students or for families to watch together before getting out on the water this summer.
Content Updated: June 2021