DEEP: 11th Annual No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival

2017 Press Release
 
January 10, 2017
 
 
11th Annual No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival
 
 
Grab your winter gear, bundle up your children and join us for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) No Child Left Inside® 11th annual FREE Winter Festival at Burr Pond State Park, 384 Burr Mountain Road, Torrington.  A full range of fun, outdoor winter activities for the entire family will be happening on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
“Join us outdoors with family and friends, once again, for an unforgettable winter experience at Burr Pond State Park. Weather permitting, you can try your hand at ice fishing and hopefully reel in a fish, perhaps learn how to snowshoe and play winter games at DEEP’s annual Winter Festival,” said Commissioner Robert Klee.  “Year after year families reunite and spend the day outdoors, bonding with each other, meeting new friends, and participating in good old-fashioned fun.”
 
The Festival is FREE and there is no registration required. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come out and enjoy a day full of outdoor adventure.  Activities may include ice fishing, fish fry, snowshoeing, family discovery/fun area, wildlife activities, visits from Resources in Search and Rescue volunteers with their dogs, winter games, and a marshmallow roast and bonfire.
 
**Weather and Ice permitting** --- Ice fishing equipment and instruction will be provided by DEEP’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) instructors. Dress for the cold weather.
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) www.healthychildren.org has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm on a cold winter day.
  • Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
  • The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
  • Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Have children come inside periodically to warm up.
The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow. Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen and consider using sunglasses.
 
Visit No Child Left Inside® at www.NoChildLeftInside.org to learn more and visit Burr Pond State Park at www.ct.gov/deep/BurrPond for directions.