The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announces FREE environmental programs during the month of May at Goodwin State Forest Conservation Education Center, Hampton.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Governor’s Island Hike
Calling all hikers! Join us for a spring hike through the awakening woodlands of Goodwin State Forest to Governor’s Island where participants will enjoy the emerging foliage and spring woodland wildflowers while hiking to “the Island.”
Governor’s Island is a small hill that formed an island when Pine Acres Pond was created. Because it was isolated from the “mainland,” it was never harvested and contains some of the oldest timber growth in Goodwin State Forest. The trail leading to Governor’s Island contains some rocky areas, so wear sturdy shoes. And as always, remember your insect spray! This hike is approximately 3½ miles.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Did you know that there are about 20,000 species of ferns found in nearly every part of the earth, from tropical rainforests to the arctic tundra? Did you know that ferns have been around for 450 million years, making them one of the oldest plant species on earth?
Join Goodwin Center’s Conservation Educator Judy Rondeau for an informal workshop on fern identification, followed by an easy hike through the grounds of Goodwin Forest as participants explore the fascinating family of ferns and learn to identify common ferns that are native to Connecticut.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
Nature Program for Kids
Bring your family and join us for the first in a new program series, Nature Programs for Kids. Geared specifically for curious young minds, we will traverse the fields and forests of the Center in search of clues that our animal friends are around. From nests and dens to food debris and scat, we will sharpen our eyes as we look for the signs that animals leave behind every day. This program is designed for children in grades K-6 accompanied by an adult.
The programs will be held at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, 23 Potter Rd., off Route 6, in Hampton, CT. Pre-registration is suggested but not required; call 860-455-9534 to register or for more information. All programs are FREE, but donations for future Center programs are always welcome.
The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center is dedicated to providing forestry, wildlife and general conservation education to youth and adults. Located within the Goodwin State Forest, the Center is operated jointly by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. Check for future program announcements at www.ct.gov/dep/Goodwin.