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New Years Hike & Seek at Goodwin State Forest

Friday, January 1, 2021 - 8:00am - Monday, January 4, 2021 - 7:45pm
James L. Goodwin Conservation Center
23 Potter Rd
Hampton, Connecticut 06481
Event Type: 
Outdoor Recreation
All are welcome
Event Description: 


Did you know we have redwood trees at Goodwin? Have you ever seen one of our fire ponds? Now’s your chance to explore Goodwin’s trail system like never before, while uncovering some of our most interesting wild and historic features.

In lieu of Goodwin’s annual First Day Hike, we will be hosting a First Weekend Hike & Seek!

For this Hike & Seek event, you will receive a list of 30 nature-themed objectives to find and take a picture of (this list is also available at the bottom of this page). You are allowed to work in teams or as an individual—it’s a great weekend adventure for a family! In order to find all 30 objectives, you’ll have to explore multiple trails throughout Goodwin.

At the end of the weekend you can send me your checklist and labeled pictures at meaghan.rondeau@ct.gov.

If you find at least 15 (50%) of the objectives, you will receive a Smokey Bear poster and special bandana. Plus, the team or individual with the most objectives found/pictured will win a special secret prize! Winners will be contacted by Friday the 8th.


For the safety of both yourselves and our native habitats, please stay on the trail, watch out for poison ivy, and do not attempt to handle any wildlife. We also ask that you wear a mask when walking in close proximity to other hikers, and follow all social distancing guidelines.


This is a FREE event but registration is required.


Parking Information: 
Parking available across from the Conservation Center offices
Inclement Weather: 
Call the center.
Registration Fee: 
RSVP Requirement: 
RSVP required
For Questions, Contact: 
Meg Rondeau

This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.

The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center 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. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.