During the pandemic, many people in Connecticut discovered new nature trails and state parks as a chance to get out. And with this embrace of nature, state park officials want to remind residents that Connecticut Trails Day begins today.
This weekend, more than 180 events are being held in several parks across the state. Officials said the goal was to celebrate and introduce visitors to the park to some well-known and hidden Connecticut gems.
These events include educational walks, hikes, horseback riding and boating.
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association said this year will be different with safety protocols in place, including the need to have a face mask on hand to limit the maximum group size to 15.
“We also want to make sure people bring water or something to drink, bring bug spray, a phone… all types of things to make sure you’re safe,” said Eric Hammerling, executive director of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. .
“I put on my tick socks. I put on my hiking sneakers, my book bag with my water and mosquito repellant, but yeah, I’m ready and excited about it,” Kimberly said. Walker, of Bloomfield.
NBC Connecticut spoke with a park enthusiast who said she was excited to hear more about Connecticut Trail Days and being in nature was one of the best things to get out of. the pandemic.
“So far it was just scary for people and I’m glad we got this and not just me but everyone,” said Antonette Molson, of Avon.
“I think people started talking again like I started walking with my neighbor and we were talking all the time. I started walking with my kids who are now adults and in fact the phones don’t ring. not, but I’m just talking for the loop that takes you a little over the hour, ”Molson added.
“It’s also a learning experience now for a city dweller like me coming from New York and it’s peaceful. There are no bills, no kids pestering you. It’s something that you can assimilate and enjoy for yourself, ”Walker added.