State Parks Appreciation Day
May 17, 2014
As part of our CT State Parks Centennial Celebration, we invite everyone to volunteer on Saturday May 17, 2014, to help us prepare state parks for the busy season ahead. There are a variety of locations and activities to choose from:
State Parks Appreciation Day

Burr Pond State Park, Torrington - Volunteers are needed to paint the change house by the beach, and a storage shed behind the shop/office building, repair signs and clean-up the grounds.

Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth - Volunteers will remove invasive, aquatic plants from the beach.
Cockaponset State Forest, Haddam - Service activities include water diversion, clipping and trimming brush and trail cleanup in the blue and red trails of the Weber Woods section of the forest.

Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill - Activity involves trail graveling.

Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam - Activities include maintaining all major trails (about 4.5 miles).

Haddam Meadows State Park, Haddam - Activities include litter clean up along the river's edge, and removal of invasive plants from the picnic area.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison - Volunteers are needed to assist with removal of invasive plant species.

Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford - Join the Friends of Harkness Memorial State Park and the MG Car Club planting and preparing the historic gardens at Harkness Memorial State Park.

Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret - Activities include raking leaves, cutting back trails, and removing invasive species.

Old Furnace State Park, Killingly - Improve grounds and trail maintenance.

Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted – Several entrance gates need to be restained and repainted, some signs need to be repaired. Also, some minor work landscaping and cleaning the grounds around the new cabins at Austin Hawes Campground.

Pootatuck State Forest, New Fairfield - Meet at Squantz Pond SP. Activities include trail and fire road maintenance: Cleaning of culverts and rain gulleys, removal of brush for trails (labor intensive).

Quaddick State Park, Thompson - Activities include raking leaves.

Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme - Activities include preparing/raking camping sites, sweeping sand off the boardwalk, cleaning pavillion windows, cleaning cigarette butts off the beach.

Sherwood Island State Park, Westport - Volunteers are needed to remove and replace 3,500 feet of fence.

Silver Sands State Park, Milford - Activities include picking litter, pruning, assisting with drainage control, assembling tables, benches, and possibly bluebird boxes.

Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden - Activities include picking litter, pruning, assisting with drainage control, assembling tables, benches, and possibly bluebird boxes.

Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield - Activities include repairing and painting lifeguard chairs, brush removal, street sweeping, litter picking, and removing rocks from the beach.

Stratton Brook State Park, Simsbury - Activities include raking leaves, cutting brush, trail work, nature center clean up, post and rail painting, boardwalk repair, picnic area clean up, and picnic shelter repair.

Sign up for 2014 State Parks Appreciation Day in four very easy steps:
  1. Review our release of liability and photo release statements. By signing up, you acknowledge you have reviewed our policies and accept the terms. 
  2. Go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot 
  3. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to create an account on VolunteerSpot).
  4. Choose your activity and sign up! - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and a reminder two days before the event.
Feel welcomed to share the invitation link on Facebook and other social media. Invite your friends, family, co-workers and everyone to join us on State Parks Appreciation Day!
If you have any questions regarding State Parks Appreciation Day please email Wanda Torres at or contact her at (860)418-5963.
Content last updated April 2014