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Featured Winter Activities
Don’t let the cold weather get you down!  There are so many things to do in winter, and it makes sipping hot cocoa by a warm fire that much more cozy when you come back inside.  There’s nothing better to shake those winter blues than to take advantage of a sunny winter day by getting outside and moving around. 

Many places you might normally think of visiting in the summer make great destinations in the winter, too, and they are often much less crowded.  Why not take a trip to the beach to look for evidence of wildlife activity in the winter?  You might be surprised at what you might find.  Just don’t forget to bundle up! 

When the snow is flying, be sure to visit one of our parks and try some of these winter activities:

Top 10 Places For Winter Activities

Letterboxing is fun and exciting.  It is about the adventure of finding your way through the woods, and the thrill of reaching your goal.  In letterboxing, you visit interesting locations and collect unique stamps to mark your visit. The letterboxes that DEEP's Division of Forestry has placed in Connecticut’s State Forests provide the means and inspiration for you to visit the State Forests and learn something about the state’s history, wildlife, trees and, of course, the forests!

Letterboxing involves a plastic container hidden in some specific location out in nature, along with a set of clues as to how to find that container.  Inside the container you will find a stamp and a stamp pad. The visitor uses this stamp to mark his or her visit to this letterbox site into the visitor’s own, personal record book – which you bring with you. Additionally, there is a record book in the letterbox container. The visitor uses his or her own stamp – again, also brought with you - to mark this record book, leaving a record of your visit to this letterbox.

  {Letterbox Map} So, to begin letterboxing, all that you need is a unique personal stamp (which you can either purchase or make for yourself), a record book to record your visits, and a set of clues.  As the letterboxes in the State Forests are located along trails within the forests, you should also have a good pair of walking shoes and be dressed appropriately for the weather.  Otherwise, the only other thing you need is your enthusiasm!

For more information please check out Letterboxing in Connecticut's State Forests

Great Places to Go Letterboxing