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The Great Park Pursuit: 
Connecticut State Parks Family Adventure
From fishing at Chatfield Hollow State Park to boating at Sunrise Resort to camping at the University of CT families enjoyed spending time together outdoors and learning more about Connecticut as part of the 9th Annual No Child Left Inside® Great Park Pursuit.   Special thanks to UCONN for hosting our final event.  Some people wondered why we had chosen this site.  There is a great synergy between CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and UCONN. Not only in forestry, as was evident at the program, but many DEEP staff in wildlife, fisheries and water work together with UCONN to protect Connecticut’s environment.   

For those who visited the Kellogg Dairy Center and the Kellogg Environmental Center and Osbornedale State Park you might be interested in learning more about the connection -

Frances Osborne Kellogg was an amazing woman who not only gave her land, later to become Osbornedale State Park, to the State of Connecticut and endowed the animal science program at UCONN, she also provided funding to help purchase Gillette Castle State Park. The legacy of Frances Osborne Kellogg continues!
Thanks to all the staff and volunteers from Air, Boating, Energy, Fisheries, Forestry, Parks, and Wildlife, our friends at CT Forest & Park Association and UCONN who helped our GPP families discover more about our amazing state!


Saltwater Fishing Day

Join the CT Aquatic Resource Educators (CARE) for a day of saltwater fishing on the beautiful pier at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London, Saturday, August 16, 10 AM – 3 PM.  CARE will provide instruction, fishing equipment and bait.  Children under the age of 16 can borrow the equipment.  Anyone 16 or over can also borrow the equipment, but they must have a Saltwater Fishing License. 

The Marine Waters Fishing License (also known as a Saltwater Fishing License) is an annual sport fishing license issued on a calendar year basis. Anyone age 16 or older, fishing (taking or attempting to take fish or bait species) from shore or from a boat in the marine district of this state or landing marine fish or bait species in Connecticut taken from offshore waters is required to have one.

Where can I get a Marine Waters Fishing License?

Most of our fishing and hunting licenses are available on our website through the Online Sportsmen Licensing System. Licenses are also available at some DEEP offices and participating Town Clerks and retail vendors. Please see the Marine License section of our Permits and Licenses page for more information.

How much does the license cost?

The fee is $10 for residents age 16-64, the license is free for residents age 65 and older, and $15 for non-residents age 16 and older.

Come bring your children and watch them catch all the fish or buy a fishing license and create some lifelong memories as you start going fishing together!

SoJourn 2014

The 2014 SoJourn is underway!   You can follow some of our No Child Left Inside® families as we make the journey from American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted to Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford by following us on
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