DEEP: Discover Outdoor CT

Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day

Thank you to everyone who attended this fun-filled event at Hammonasset Beach State Park sponsored by the DEEP Bureaus of Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation. Stay tuned for plans for 2020.
Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest
The Discover Outdoor Connecticut Photo Contest was held for a second year in a row as part of our event. We received approximately 330 entries in 4 categories: Wildlife, Scenic, People in the Outdoors, and Youth. A panel of judges selected first through third place winners in each category (winning images are below). Judges also awarded honorable mention to several photos. All of the photo entries were on display at Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day in the new Meigs Point Nature Center. Attendees had a chance to vote on their favorite photo -- the one with the most votes was given the People's Choice Award.
{First Place Wildlife}
1st Place -- Playhouse
Maxx McKinlay
{2nd place Wildlife}
2nd Place -- Northern Metalmark
Peter DeGennaro
{Third place Wildlife}
3rd Place -- Frog in a Fountain
Sheryl Haraghey
{First Place Scenic}
1st Place -- Amber Light
Kristen Fallon
{Second Place Scenic}
2nd Place -- Summer Glow
Deb Swaney-Jones
{Third Place Scenic}
3rd Place -- Snowfall along the Quinebaug
Marcy Lamiras
{First Place People in the Outdoors}
People in the Outdoors
1st Place -- Painting at the Point
Daniel Reinwald
{Second Place People in the Outdoors}
People in the Outdoors
2nd Place -- You Go First
Kristen Fallon
{Third Place People in the Outdoors}
People in the Outdoors
3rd Place -- Splashing Fun
Kelly Hunt
Deep River 
{First Place Youth}
1st Place -- Dragonfly
Avery Rogulski
{Second Place Youth}
2nd Place -- Blades of Orange
Signar Cohen-Tyler
West Hartford 
{Third Place Youth}
3rd Place -- Flower
Emma Kowalchuk
Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day is also part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. This year, National Hunting and Fishing Day is observed on Saturday, September 28. Hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of the conservation movement for over 100 years. They showed their support by requesting taxes and special fees on hunting and fishing equipment to help pay for wildlife and fish management, habitat restoration, and other conservation programs through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program.
Each new hunter and angler created helps fund conservation. Every time someone buys firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, motorboat fuel, or fishing tackle, they contribute to habitat conservation and science-based wildlife management through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program.
Visit the National Hunting and Fishing Day website to learn the history of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
{Partnering to fund conservation and connect people with nature.}
Content last updated on October 1, 2019.