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Every Kid in a Park Initiative

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Weir Farm National Historic Site
The White House, in partnership with the Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative to help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016.

Did you know that Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut is a National Historic Site?  The landscape of Weir Farm has now been a source of inspiration for artists for more than 120 years. Three artists, American Impressionist Julian Alden Weir, sculptor Mahonri Young and painter Sperry Andrews, made the farm their home. Today, the 60-acre National Historic Site preserves not only the homes, studios and barns of the farm, but also the rolling hills, fields, and distinctive stone walls that still inspire visitors and painters today.

Autumn in Connecticut

One of the many great features of living in New England is the changing of seasons.  The best way to appreciate these changes is to get outside and experience them for yourself.  Whether by foot, car, or bike, Connecticut offers a variety of opportunities to get outside.  Don’t forget to check out the Fall Foliage Report which features an interactive color gradient map.  Roll your cursor over the dates below the map to see the predicted times of peak foliage.

Scenic Views & Hiking Locations – Includes links to state parks and forests where you can hike to a few of Connecticut’s best scenic viewing areas. 

Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System - The Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) manages more than 825 miles of hiking trails.  Use their interactive trails map and the Connecticut Walk Book to choose an adventure for you or your group.

EarthCache:  Why not try to solve a puzzle when you are outside?  An EarthCache is a place where you will find an interesting geologic feature or process that will enrich your outdoor experience. It may be found in the woods, along a trail, at the beach or even in the middle of the city.

Biking: The State Parks and Forests of Connecticut provide a wealth of recreational opportunities, including hundreds of miles of trails suitable for road biking  and mountain biking.

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Sky's the Limit Hiking Challenge
There is still plenty of time to meet this challenge! We have selected 14 peaks in Connecticut’s State Parks & Forests for our Sky's the Limit Hiking Challenge.  You must complete 10 hikes to win a hiking staff medallion.  If you complete all 14 hikes, your family or group will be entered in a drawing to win a hiking staff. Here's how you can meet this challenge:
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