Earth Day is an opportunity to explore the rich natural world that we may take for granted in our day-to-day lives. In a time of social distancing, appreciating the outdoors has become more important than ever!
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association provides many great ways to get out and enjoy Connecticut. The CFPA maintains over 825 miles of trails that wind through state parks and forests, land trusts, town open space and across private land. Wesleyan University Press published the twentieth edition of The Connecticut Walk Book: The Complete Guide to Connecticut’s Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails. It is a comprehensive guide to blue-blazed trails that includes detailed, full color maps, mileage/destination tables, and a lay flat design for ease of use. The book is also offered as an e-book so you can have all the maps available on your favorite device when you’re out on the trail. The CFPA website also provides an interactive trail map, a great accompaniment to the book.
The Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System covers 825 miles of woodlands and offers spectacular views, fresh air, exercise, and tranquility. In addition, CFPA partners with Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to manage the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, set among 2,000 acres of managed forest and wildlife habitats. The Center’s goal is to educate children and adults about conservation. Goodwin Forest is also home to the Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens, 1.5 ares of gardens of North American plants, as well as three large ponds for fishing, boating, and bird-watching, a picnic pavilion, and the Goodwin Nature Museum.
CFPA is a leader in state conservation efforts, working with leaders at all government levels to promote sound conservation laws in Connecticut. Those interested in volunteering with the CFPA in the future can sign up here. The website offers a portal in which you can sign up for volunteer opportunities and track your hours. People can also donate to the CFPA to support their conservation efforts and protect parks and forests throughout Connecticut.