Saturday, April 13, 2013

Earth Day 2013 at Meigs Point Nature Center Hammonasset Beach State Park Madison CT

Today we headed out to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison Connecticut to celebrate an early Earth Day 2013. #EarthDay2013

Although Earth Day technically isn't until April 22nd, the folks at Meigs Point Nature Center, located in Hammonasset State Park, decided to get a jump on the festivities with a wonderful celebration of Mother Earth.

Today's event was sponsored by The Friends of Hammonasset, a non-profit group who work together to preserve Hammonasset Park's natural resources.

Meigs Point Nature Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm from April to October and features snakes, turtles, lizards, fish, and frogs. Oh my!
They even have a touch tank that features all sorts of creatures.  Today there was a lobster.  Nothing personal Mr. Lobster Man, but I prefer mine boiled, and served with butter.

Also available to hold for the brave at hearts were some, uh, errrr, boa constrictors. 

We then wandered outside to see the fun events going on!  One of the highlights was the Native American flute playing (press the arrow to hear a short melody)....

The music was hauntingly beautiful and a perfect background for a relaxing day.

Next we moved on to the spear throwing area that all the children were lined up for!
These "spears" are actually called atlatl and predate the spear by a couple of thousand years!
They're more like darts and have a special holder that allow for their amazing distance.

And we stopped for a moment to listen to talks by wild life safety experts and conservationists.

We capped off our day by taking a short hike around the area,
looking at beautiful Long Island Sound, the sparkling water, and the beautiful beach!  

Summer is just around the corner!

If you're looking for a great place to take the family for some conservation and wildlife information, you'll find that Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park is a wonderful place to spend the day! 

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Do you have any favorite nature centers, state parks, or beaches that you frequent?

I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!


  1. Hammonasset State Park is just minutes from us. I have to remember to check their calendar more often. This looks like a fun day for the whole family. I think I would have like to have aimed for that wolly mammouth myself!

    1. Seneca, I'm just 20 minutes away and I don't go as often as I should too! It's a great place and deserves a visit!

  2. For as many times as I've walked at Hammonasset, I've never gone into the nature center. Now that I see they have snakes I likely never will :). For lobster I hope you made a stop at Bill's.

    1. I know...there were A LOT OF snakes. Definitely not for the squeamish!
      Didn't make it to Bill's - yet. But it's on my list of restaurants to visit before the season kicks in!


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