Thank you to all of our families who joined us for the 2020 Great Backyard Pursuit and the 2021 Great Outdoor Pursuit.  We were happy to be able to offer safe programs for all.  We thank you for your patience as CT DEEP State Parks determined how best to ensure the safety of all of our State Park and Forest staff, our visitors and those participating in DEEP sponsored programs since March of 2020.   We are so happy to be able to get back together in-person and outdoors into the CT DEEP State Parks and Forests for the 2022 Great Park Pursuit beginning May 7, 2022!

2022 Great Park Pursuit Family Adventure

NCLI's 2022 Great Park Pursuit encourages families to get back outside and explore many of the CT DEEP State Parks and Forests with CT DEEP staff and partners learning about different environmental themes during the months of May and June. Program offerings will include: Fishing, Boating, Birding/Wildlife, Hiking, Nature Centers, Historic Building and Museums, and a Family Day in the Park.

There will be 6 weeks of adventures at various State Park and Forest locations across the state: 4 guided events from 9 am to 3 pm and 2 self-guided events (times and locations will vary). 

Guided Event 1 is May 7, 2022-Free Family Fishing Day.  "Learn to fish with CARE" and take part in trout stocking. 

Guided Event 2 is May 14, 2022-Birding/Wildlife Day. Come learn all about birding and wildlife.  You may even get the chance to meet some bird or raptor friends. 

Guided Event 3 is May 21, 2022-Families in the Park Day.  Join us for a day of fun, family activities in one of the State Parks. 

Semi-guided Event 4 is Memorial Day Weekend-CT DEEP Nature Centers, Museums and Historic Buildings. Spend the day visiting and learning at one or several of our DEEP locations:  Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill (Please note that the park building is closed at this time, but the trails are open and outdoor activities will be taking place); Goodwin State Forest and Conservation Center in Hampton; Meigs Point Nature Center in Madison, and Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby.

Semi-guided Event 5 is June 4th and 5th 2022-CT Trails Day Weekend .  Get out on the trails in CT and explore new places with your family and friends.

Guided Event 6 is June 11, 2022-Boating Day.  Join us for a day of boating out on the Lake.  No prior experience necessary.  Water Safety and boating education will be provided before taking out a canoe.  

Registered families will be provided with weekly information and an agenda regarding the upcoming environmental themed event on Thursdays.    For those families that prefer to figure out the weekly NCLI Program location, photo clues of the NCLI Mascot Nuts 2 and his friends will be shared on social media through our DEEP State Parks Facebook Page and DEEP State Parks Instagram page every Wednesday.  

Be sure to use #CTNCLI2022 and/or #CTStateParks when posting any photos on social media.

For more information contact: 

Kristen Bellantuono, NCLI Coordinator


We look forward to providing our participants with 6 weeks of fun-filled activities, adventures and experiences, while learning and playing out in nature. 



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Content updated April 2022