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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Great Park Pursuit Kickoff at Goodwin State Forest will have the first in its series of events this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Goodwin State Forest in Hampton.
Participants are asked to park at EASTCONN, 375 Hartford Turnpike in Hampton. Shuttle service to the forest will be provided.
This year’s theme is Junior Forester Day. Events are suitable for families with children of all ages. There will be tours through several stations around the forest where participants will learn about tree identification, timber management and tree marking. There will also be logging equipment demonstrations, forest fire trucks and visits with Smokey Bear, among other activities
In addition, DEEP’s Boating Division will present paddling demonstrations, information and hands-on activities as part of their seventh annual Paddle Smart event. Representatives from Bass Yaks, Connecticut Outdoors, Eastern Mountain Sports, Professional Marine Education and Changing Tides will be on hand to give demonstrations and provide advice.
There is no charge to participate. For information contact Cyndy Chanaca at DEEP at (860) 424-3219.