Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) store offers a wide variety of unique and affordable holiday gifts for children and adults - whether you’re shopping for an avid hiker, birdwatcher, angler or hunter. Books for adults or children, pocket guides, maps, and other “environmental” gifts are available online at www.ct.gov/deep/store or in person at 79 Elm Street, Hartford.
Online orders placed by December 18, 2013 will arrive at your home in time for holiday gift giving.
DEEP Store Hours
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone: (860) 424-3555
Visit www.ct.gov/deep for directions.
“Explore the DEEP store this holiday season because it is a treasure trove of books for the outdoor enthusiast - maps, small gifts and kid’s stuff,” said DEEP Commissioner, Daniel C. Esty. “You’ll find the most unusual and interesting environmental-related items that will make this year’s gift-giving the envy of your family and friends. We’re open year round so stop by often – you’ll be glad you did.”
State Park Pass 2014: Allows unlimited access to any state park or recreation area that has a parking fee. Valid every day of the week, including weekends and holidays. $67.00 (Non-resident -- $112.00) Now available for immediate shipping.
Youth Fishing Passport: The perfect gift for your young angler or a great way to pass angling on to the next generation. This personalized free product is available for youth 15 and younger through the on-line sportsmen system and will look great attached to a new fishing rod, tacklebox or waders. For more information visit: www.ct.gov/deep/yfp
Fishing and Hunting Licenses for the 2014 season: Fishing and hunting provide hours of priceless outdoor activity for the sporting people on your gift list. Licenses are good for a calendar year and are for sale through the on-line sportsmen system (www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing), at participating bait and tackle shops, town clerks, and DEEP field offices. Besides giving the great gift of fishing and hunting, 100% of the funds from your purchase go to support Connecticut’s fish and wildlife conservation efforts.
A Fisheries Guide to Lakes & Ponds of Connecticut: The DEEP Store’s bestselling book is a perennial holiday favorite. It contains full page color depth maps of popular fishing waterbodies including 113 lakes and ponds, featuring bottom contours, inflowing stream locations, fish species, neighboring roads, water surface area size, directions and launch ramp conditions. In addition, there are 20 pages of excellent color plates depicting and describing the natural history of 25 fish common to Connecticut’s waters. $24.95 (Paperback only)
A Pictorial Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Connecticut: This guide is the first to present multiple, high resolution, full-color photos of most New England and all Connecticut freshwater fish species. With detailed information for each species including identification, distribution, size, abundance, habits, how to observe and catch them, how to keep them in aquariums, and what’s unique about them, this easy to read book simplifies the process of fish identification. $19.95
Connecticut Wildlife Magazine – A subscription to the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resource’s 24-page, full-color, bi-monthly magazine is the perfect gift for those who like to stay informed about fish, wildlife, and natural resource issues and events in the state. Articles are written by DEEP staff members who are responsible for the management of Connecticut’s natural resources. Every issue includes great wildlife photography, in-depth features, and natural history articles. It is published six times a year, and is available by subscription for $8 a year, $15 for two years, or $20 for three years. To receive a subscription or order a gift subscription, send a check or money order payable to: Connecticut Wildlife, P.O. Box 1550, Burlington, CT 06013-1550. Credit card orders can be taken through the DEEP Store via the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/WildlifeMagazine. Recipients of gift subscriptions will be sent a postcard to notify them of their gift.
Bluebird Nest Boxes: Visitors to the DEEP Wildlife Division’s Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area and Conservation Education Center in Burlington have the opportunity to purchase bluebird nest boxes for $10 each. Helpful information on installing, monitoring, and maintaining boxes to encourage nesting bluebirds on your property accompany each box. The nest boxes are being sold by the non-profit, volunteer Friends of Sessions Woods to raise funds for educational projects and programs at Sessions Woods. Please Note: Nest boxes are only available at Sessions Woods, 341 Milford Street, Burlington – they are not available online or at DEEP store. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. (860) 675-8130.
Connecticut Wild & Scenic 2014 Wall Calendar: Covered bridges, rolling countryside, brilliant forests, and spring wildflowers all create the charm of Connecticut. Venture into wild and scenic Connecticut with this stunning wall calendar. Perfect for adding a piece of Connecticut's natural beauty to your home or office! $14.99
Among the many great books available at the DEEP store are:
Books For Adults
Connecticut Waterfalls: Richly illustrated by both photographs and antique postcards, this book provides not only directions and descriptions, but also historic and stratigraphic context for these thrilling yet peaceful places. Many of Connecticut’s waterfalls are now the centerpieces of parks and preserves – perfect for a weekend visit and picnic. $18.95
Fly Fishing in Connecticut: Long-time resident and devoted fly fisherman Kevin Murphy imparts a wealth of knowledge. Gives novice anglers easy-to-follow instructions on the basics of fly fishing, including the essentials in fly fishing gear, stream tactics, casting, and a host of related topics, plus a veritable road map to Connecticut's best trout streams and rivers. $14.95
New Haven’s Sentinels: West Rock and East Rock are bold and beautiful features which have attracted the attention of poets, painters, and naturalists. Lavishly illustrated, featuring over sixty paintings and prints, this book will delight those who appreciate landscape painting. A perfect introduction to understanding the relationship of geology and art. $30.00
Books for Children
Bug Book & Bug Bottle: Complete kit including The Bug Book, The Bug Bottle, Magnifier, Bug Identification Chart and My Bug Journal. The ingeniously designed, safe plastic bottle is perfect for catching and viewing creepy crawlies, then letting them go unharmed. Here are all the tools kids need to become bona fide bug experts. Ages 8-12. $14.95
Good Night Connecticut: The great state of Connecticut is artfully celebrated in this board book designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for Connecticut's natural and cultural wonders. Features many iconic state attractions, including Mystic Seaport, Dinosaur State Park, Lake Compounce, Gillette Castle and the Essex Steam Train. Ages 4-8. $9.95
Where Do Mountains Come From, Momma?: Catherine Weyerhaeuser Morley combines her talents as a geologist, educator, and illustrator to describe how mountains form. Detailed illustrations with numerous rock layers, fossils, and even animals will thrill preschoolers, and the whimsical yet scientifically accurate descriptions about planet Earth will capture the imagination of budding elementary-age scientists. $12.00
View the DEEP Store’s complete selection of books and merchandise by visiting www.ct.gov/deep/store and entering the ‘online store.’ Browse the latest arrivals by selecting “New & Notable” or save 25-50% on selected titles when you browse the “Bargain Books” section.