NCLI® New Coordinator
Please welcome Kristen Bellantuono, the new No Child Left Inside Coordinator®.
She started her career at DEEP in 1997 as a summer seasonal within DEEP’s Fisheries Division as a Research Assistant and the following year as a summer seasonal at Meigs Point Nature Center as a Naturalist. Since 2000, she worked in DEEP’s Office of Long Island Sound Program, focusing on coastal permitting within tidal, coastal and navigable waterways within the State of CT. She was also DEEP’s aquaculture lead where she coordinated and reviewed all aquaculture-related projects and permit applications.
Kristen earned her Bachelor of Art Degree from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Marine Affairs.
Her prior teaching experiences include tenures at the Imagination Museum in Bristol (formerly Family Center as the Education Director/Educator/Supervisor), Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (Educator on the 41’ Marine Life Study Cruise Boat), and as a Volunteer Educator at URI in the Learning Landscape Environmental Education School Group Program.
In her personal life, she is actively engaged in various leadership positions within her children’s school organization/community (PTA, Scholastic Bookfair, former Girl Scout leader, and active parent volunteer on various committees, etc.). She is also a Volunteer Board Member and active volunteer at Indian Rock Nature Center and Barnes Nature Center (ELCCT) in Bristol, CT.
She is married with two children. When she is not at the baseball field with her son who plays, and her husband who coaches, or at a Red Sox game, she enjoys spending time with her family at her grandparents’ cottage on the shore in Guilford.
Kristen is very enthusiastic about her new position and we believe that her skills and positive attitude coupled with her range of experience will make a substantial contribution to DEEP’s nationally recognized No Child Left Inside® program.
Come out to the NCLI® Winter Festival, on Saturday, February 4, 10 AM – 3 PM at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington and stop by to say hello to Kristen.
Special thanks to Teresa Gagnon, former NCLI® Coordinator. We wish her well in her new position at DEEP in the Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse.
Great Park Pursuit 2016
Another successful run of the Great Park Pursuit, the Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure concluded with a campout at Rocky Neck State Park on June 11 where over 40 families braved the threat of thunderstorms to pitch a tent and sleep outside. The Adventure kicked off at Keney Park on April 30th in Hartford and guided or self-guided events were held every weekend through June 11. Take a look at our highlights from the 2016 Great Park Pursuit
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