DEEP: Four DEEP State Parks Participating in Connecticut Open House Day June 8

June 5, 2013

Four DEEP State Parks Participating in Connecticut Open House Day June 8
Free admission and special activities at Dinosaur State Park, Gillette Castle State Park, Fort Trumbull State Park, and the Osborne Homestead Museum
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced it will again be participating in the annual Connecticut Open House Day on June 8.  Connecticut Open House Day is an annual event coordinated by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the Department of Economic & Community Development as a way to highlight all of the arts, history and tourism offerings in the state.  The following state parks will be providing special activities and/or free admission:
  • Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam – Free admission from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Fort Trumbull State Park, New London – Free admission from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill – Free admission from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM along with special activities including crafts, film showings, animal demonstrations, “Track Talks,” and nature walks (weather permitting).
  • Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby – Free admission from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a special one-woman performance, “They Called Me Lizzy…from Slavery to the White House” by actress Stephanie Jackson at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 2:00 PM (A five dollar donation is requested for the performance).  More information on the performance is available here.
“This is a great time for first-time visitors to discover the many fun and educational opportunities our state parks and state park museums have to offer and for returning visitors to come back and enjoy their old favorites,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen.  “As we celebrate the Centennial of our state parks system, we are encouraging residents and visitors to take the occasion to experience as many of our 107 state parks and 32 state forests as you can.”
More information on Connecticut’s state parks and forests and all of the many outdoor recreational activities available in the state can be found at