Grab your warm weather gear, bundle up your children and join us for Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) No Child Left Inside® eighth annual Winter Festival at Burr Pond State Park, Torrington. A full range of fun, outdoor, winter activities for the entire family will be happening on Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10 AM to 3 PM.
The Festival is FREE and there is no registration required. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Come out and enjoy a day full of outdoor adventure. Activities will include ice fishing, fish fry, snowshoeing, ice skating, wildlife tracks, ice safety rescue demonstrations by the Torrington Fire Department, visits from Resources in Search and Rescue, winter games, a marshmallow roast and bonfire.
Ice fishing equipment and instruction will be provided by DEEP’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) instructors. REI will provide snowshoes for people to borrow. Dress for the cold weather and bring your skates. See DEEP’s video Let’s Go Ice Fishing
“Bring your friends and family for a day in the great outdoors where you will be make fond memories as you try out new winter activities or participate in those you already enjoy,” said Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “Connecticut’s No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival provides the opportunity for families and friends to learn about the wonders of nature and the great outdoors.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) www.healthychildren.org has some valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm.
· Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens (to keep hands warmer), and a hat. Layering is a good idea; so are moisture-wicking fabrics and clothing that’s geared to the sport.
· The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
· Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Have children come inside periodically to warm up.
· The sun’s rays can still cause sunburn in the winter, especially when they reflect off snow. Make sure to cover your child’s exposed skin with sunscreen.
Visit No Child Left Inside® at www.NoChildLeftInside.org to learn more and visit Burr Pond State Park at www.ct.gov/deep/BurrPond for directions.