Summer in Southeastern CT and Southern RI means visiting the beach, riding bikes, picking berries, and enjoying a good book (or nap!) in the hammock. Summer, with its rich and abundant wildlife and inspiring sights, sounds, and smells, is also the perfect time to explore the (DPNC) in Mystic. DPNC has a whole slate of activities planned this summer for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests.
Summer Nature Day Camp is in full swing and is open for campers ages 3 – 16. Our younger campers spend their days hiking, pond dipping, meeting live animals and catching bugs, frogs and more. Our oldest campers can be found kayaking, hopping boulders, fishing, crabbing and more as they explore the wonderful natural areas our region has to offer. Some camp spots still remain open and those interested are encouraged to contact DPNC.
Hikers can lace up their boots and join one of our many guided hikes. Each month DPNC offers a free Full Moon hike at various locations. DPNC has a Women’s hiking group that meets twice a month.
Summertime also means the rivers are calling. There’s no better way to see Southern New England than floating some of the local waters. Some are salty, some are fresh water, but all can refresh, revive and reconnect you with nature. Our guided kayak/canoe trips run through July and August and explore the Pawcatuck River, the Mystic River and Charlestown Pond.
Kids and families have their pick of programs as well. Our Summer Kids programs run on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for children ages 3 – 5 and ages 6 and up. They’ll learn about everything from honeybees to dragonflies to dinosaurs. Our new Family Drop-in programs provide the opportunity to enjoy time together at various program sites. Some of these drop-in programs are free thanks to a generous grant from the New London Water Authority.
Of course, a visit to the Nature Center’s exhibits and trails is always a good choice. You can enjoy our beautiful wildlife sanctuary, which includes nearly 10 miles of marked walking trails through woodland, wetland and meadows. You’ll see an array of birds, turtles, wildflowers and other fascinating wildlife.
Originally made possible through the long-term support and commitment of the Denison Society, the Nature Center is a private, non-profit organization. We are open year-round, Monday thru Saturday from 9 to 5, and Sunday from 10 to 4. For a complete program schedule please visit www.dpnc.org. To register for any of our programs please call 860.536.1216.
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