DEEP: CT DEEP Announces the 2013 Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint

March 25, 2013
 

CT DEEP Announces the 2013 Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint
 
Families can register at www.NoChildLeftInside.org beginning March 25, 2013
 
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that registration is now open for the 2013 Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint at www.NoChildLeftInside.org. The Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint is a Connecticut adventure to introduce families to the outdoors, build the next generation of environmental stewards and showcase Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests over five weeks this spring.
 
The Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint is a central element of Connecticut’s No Child Left Inside® initiative. The game will take Connecticut families to five different state parks and forests this spring.
 
 “The Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint has become a time-honored tradition at DEEP since its beginning eight years ago,” said Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the CT DEEP.  “Families, who are new to Connecticut’s state parks and forests, are able to bond together and learn how to fish, canoe, hike, and play outdoor games – all under the expert guidance of environmental professionals.”
 
The Great Park Pursuit kicks-off on Saturday, May 11 at Osbornedale State Park, Derby and concludes on June 8.
 
Clues to activities and locations of the contest will be available at the end of each week’s activity and on the No Child Left Inside® website. At each location, teams will be asked to complete a series of activities that highlight the opportunities in Connecticut’s state parks and forests such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and more.
 
All teams that participate in all five events will receive a 2013 Connecticut State Park and Forest Pass. The contest is open to Connecticut families – which must include one person 18 or over and one person under the age of 18.
 
CT DEEP Commissioner Esty added, “Fun and games aside, DEEP’s Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint includes families who are loyal followers returning  year after year as well as new families who also care about the environment and outdoor recreation.  DEEP’s goal is to encourage youngsters to love the environment, create fond memories and, as adults, become environmental stewards who will have a passion for protection of outdoor spaces in their communities and the world.”
 
Background Information
 
No Child Left Inside® was introduced in 2006 and is designed to reconnect children with the outdoors, showcase the recreational opportunities available in Connecticut’s state parks and forests, and build the next generation of environmental stewards.
 
The Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint 2013 will take Connecticut families on a journey to five different state parks, forests and recreation areas over a five-week period. At each location, teams will be asked to complete various activities such as hiking, fishing, canoeing and more. Each week, the name of the state park or forest will be posted on the NCLI website by 3:00 pm on Thursday and can be accessed by visiting www.NoChildLeftInside.org  
 
There will be one bonus visitation spot: the Centennial Campout!  Join us on Saturday, August 17 at Gay City State Park, Hebron as we Explore, Discover, and Celebrate 100 years of Connecticut State Parks.    Registered 2013 Great Park Pursuit families that also participate in the campout will be eligible to receive a bonus prize.
 
All events for the 2013 Great Park Pursuit Spring Sprint are free of charge to registered families and open to the public.