ncli: Featured Activities

Featured Fall Activities
Cool weather is upon us and the days are getting shorter.  That doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy many of the activities you did in the summer!  In fact, the lower heat and humidity may help you feel more energized.  Take a walk along those lovely beaches you visited this summer, they will definitely be less crowded now.
We listed a few activities on our NCLI® Main Page; here are a few more :

Connecticut state parks, forests, and wildlife areas are great places to experience the fall migration.  According to the Connecticut Ornithological Association, the best locations are often coastal parks or other shoreline areas of natural habitat, high ridgelines, edge habitats such as powerline cuts, and riverlands with their adjacent wetlands.

Get up, get out, and start looking for birds. Here are a few tips to help you spot these feathered gems:

Pretend you’re a spy: move quietly and slowly—you’ll see many more birds and lots of other wildlife, too.
Keep your eye on the bird: don’t grab the field guide right away. Take a minute to note size, bill shape, colors and patterns.
Don’t forget the legs: leg color and the shape of feet and toes are important clues.
Pretend you are at a concert: listen to the sounds you hear and what you see around you. Some birds will even tell you their name if you listen closely.
Play Wildlife CSI: note what the bird is eating, what it is doing, and how it moves.

These tips will help you identify the birds you see either by using a field guide or by asking another “birder.” Head outside, make some natural connections, and enjoy all the trills Connecticut has to offer.

Top 12 Places to Go Birding:

Belding Wildlife Management Area – Vernon
Devil’s Hopyard State Park – East Haddam
George Dudley Seymour State Park – Haddam
James L. Goodwin State Forest – Hampton
Hammonasset Beach State Park – Madison
Machimoodus State Park – East Haddam
Osbornedale State Park – Derby
Rocky Neck State Park – East Lyme
Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area – Burlington
Sherwood Island State Park – Westport
Topsmead State Forest - Litchfield


In CT’s historic State Parks and Forests you have the opportunity to experience a wide range of American history. 
Tour the only American Revolutionary War battlefield in the state, or “Connecticut’s Valley Forge,” to learn about the beginnings of our nation.  Climb a mountain to see the enormous tower one man built for the love of his wife.  Explore the Civilian Conservation Corp Museum to learn about the birth of the state park and forest system during the greatest economic depression in our history.  Investigate Gillette Castle to see what one man created out of his own ingenuity, wit and individuality.

Visit these historic sites and museums to learn about Connecticut’s rich history and much, much more!

Top 12 Historic Sites:

Beckley Furnace State Park – North Canaan
Dinosaur State Park – Rocky Hill
Fort Griswold State Park – Groton
Fort Trumbull State Park – New London
Gillette Castle State Park – East Haddam
Harkness Memorial State Park – Waterford
Osborne Homestead Museum, Osbornedale State Park – Derby
The Stone Museum, Peoples State Forest – Barkhamsted
Putnam Memorial State Park – Redding
Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, Shenipsit State Forest – Stafford
Heublein Tower, Talcott Mountain State Park – Bloomfield
Topsmead State Forest  - Litchfield