Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day

Due to the current situation presented by COVID-19, Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day will not be held in 2020. Once the situation improves, the Bureaus of Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation hope to offer a fun day of free activities in September 2021.

Archery Target PracticeThank you to everyone who helped out and attended this fun-filled event in September 2019 at Hammonasset Beach State Park.

Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day is also part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. This year, National Hunting and Fishing Day is observed on Saturday, September 28. Hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of the conservation movement for over 100 years. They showed their support by requesting taxes and special fees on hunting and fishing equipment to help pay for wildlife and fish management, habitat restoration, and other conservation programs through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program.

Each new hunter and angler created helps fund conservation. Every time someone buys firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, motorboat fuel, or fishing tackle, they contribute to habitat conservation and science-based wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program.

Visit the National Hunting and Fishing Day website to learn the history of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Partnering to fund conservation and connect people with nature.

2019 Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest

The Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest was held for a second year in a row as part of our 2019 event. We received approximately 330 entries in 4 categories: Wildlife, Scenic, People in the Outdoors, and Youth. A panel of judges selected first through third place winners in each category (winning images are below). Judges also awarded honorable mention to several photos. All of the photo entries were on display at Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day in the new Meigs Point Nature Center. Attendees had a chance to vote on their favorite photo -- the one with the most votes was given the People's Choice Award.

First Place Wildlife

1st Place -- Playhouse
Maxx McKinlay

2nd place Wildlife

2nd Place -- Northern Metalmark
Peter DeGennaro

Third place Wildlife

3rd Place -- Frog in a Fountain
Sheryl Haraghey

First Place Scenic

1st Place -- Amber Light
Kristen Fallon

Second Place Scenic

2nd Place -- Summer Glow
Deb Swaney-Jones

Third Place Scenic

3rd Place -- Snowfall along the Quinebaug
Marcy Lamiras

First Place People in the Outdoors

People in the Outdoors
1st Place -- Painting at the Point
Daniel Reinwald

Second Place People in the Outdoors

People in the Outdoors
2nd Place -- You Go First
Kristen Fallon

Third Place People in the Outdoors

People in the Outdoors
3rd Place -- Splashing Fun
Kelly Hunt
Deep River 

First Place Youth

1st Place -- Dragonfly
Avery Rogulski

Second Place Youth

2nd Place -- Blades of Orange
Signar Cohen-Tyler
West Hartford 

Third Place Youth

3rd Place -- Flower
Emma Kowalchuk

Content last updated on May 1, 2020.