April 1, 2014
CT DEEP Announces the 2014 Great Park Pursuit Family Adventure
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that registration is now open for the 2014 Great Park Pursuit – Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure at www.NoChildLeftInside.org
. The Great Park Pursuit is a series of activities designed to introduce families to the outdoors, build the next generation of environmental stewards and showcase Connecticut’s State Parks and Forests this spring.
The Great Park Pursuit kicks-off on Saturday, May 10 at Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth and will end with a day of activities and a family campout on June 21 at the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. There will also be activities at a different state park on the five Saturdays in between. Families will learn the location of these activities by following clues at www.NoChildLeftInside.org
“The Great Park Pursuit began nine years ago as a key component of our nationally recognized No Child Left Inside® -- and its popularity has grown as youngsters and their families engage in healthy, fun and awe-inspiring outdoor activities year after year,” said Rob Klee, Commissioner of the CT DEEP. “The Great Park Pursuit gives families a perfect opportunity to spend time together in the outdoors while fishing, canoeing, hiking, and participating in other environmentally oriented activities - – all under the expert guidance of environmental professionals.”
Commissioner Klee added, “Our ultimate goal here is to instill in youngsters a love of nature and the environment, so, that as adults they are ready to assume leadership as environmental stewards who have a passion for protection of the environment and outdoor spaces in their own communities and the world.”
All teams that participate in all seven events will receive a 2014 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. To be eligible for the final prize, families must register by April 25, attend all weeks of the game, and check in at the registration at each location and provide documentation that they attended the self-guided events. See registration section at: www.NoChildLeftInside.org
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, Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure will take Connecticut families on a journey to seven different state parks, forests and recreation areas over a seven-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
All events for the 2014 Great Park Pursuit are free of charge to registered families and open to the public.