Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center

Pine Acres Pond  Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens

The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and Goodwin State Forest were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America’s first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. Together they include 2,000 acres of forests and habitats, 14 miles of trails, 3 large ponds, a native plant wildlife garden, and a nature museum.

The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center is managed jointly by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Division of Parks and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. The Goodwin State Forest is managed by the DEEP Division of Forestry. The Center’s mission is to provide forestry, wildlife and general conservation education to youth and adults.

Here's what you'll find when you visit:

  • 2,000 acres of managed forest and wildlife habitats, with 14 miles of some of the best maintained hiking, cross country skiing, and equestrian trails anywhere in New England. Trail kiosks, comprehensive signage and self-guided brochures make the trails extremely user-friendly.
  • The Haley Native Plant Wildlife Gardens: 1.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens built with dozens of labeled, eastern North American plants having value for wildlife as food and/or cover.
  • 3 large ponds, where great fishing, bird watching, and non-motorized boating await.
  • The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center, including video and photographic displays of 100 years of forestry history at Pine Acres Farm/Goodwin Forest. The Center also offers regular year-round educational and interpretive programs. Go to www.ct.gov/dep/Goodwin for more.
  • The Goodwin Nature Museum, with numerous mounted wildlife specimens, native wood displays, and more.
  • A youth group camping area with a 20 x 40 foot dining pavilion, 16 x 20 foot pole building and plenty of tent room.
  • A picnic pavilion that seats 50 people overlooking Pine Acres Pond.

The Goodwin Center is located at 23 Potter Road in Hampton, CT. A map of the trails that CFPA volunteers maintain at Goodwin is available here.  

The Center maintains an email distribution list for announcements of educational programs and other information. If you would like to be added to this list, and/or would like information on upcoming programs, volunteer opportunities, etc, email jparda@ctwoodlands.org or call (860) 455-9534.

For details on the Goodwin Forest and/or recent Goodwin programs, check out www.friendsofgoodwinforest.org.