Join The Great Park Spring Pursuit, New Canaan

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Children and parents learn about bird banding on International Migratory Bird Day at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport last year. The event was part of the Great Parks Pursuit. Photo Credit: Paul Fusco, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
No Child Left Inside is an initiative of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors with your family? Join the annual Great Park Spring Pursuit as registration opens at noon Monday, March 25, for residents of Fairfield County and all of Connecticut. 

The program, in its seventh year and run by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, offers families a fun way to explore Connecticut's State Parks and Forests with an array of special weekend activities.  

This year's five-week adventure kicks off Saturday, May 11, at Osbornedale State Park in Derby and wraps up Saturday, June 8 at a secret location. Each event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With a new lineup of clues, hints and featured locations, you and your family will be journeying around the state to learn about new places while having fun in the great outdoors. Hike along an unexplored trail, try to set a new state record for the largest caught fish, commemorate the year of the snake, celebrate national boating week in a canoe, and tap into your creative picnicking skills -- all without leaving Connecticut, the department says on its website.  

Registration opens at noon on Monday, March 25, and will run through noon Friday, April 26. Families will be eligible to win prizes. To register, visit this website. For more information, contact Rachael Sunny at rachael.sunny@ct.gov or 860-418-9581.

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