BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The ninth annual Opie’s World – Tap Into Nature event is kicking off on Wednesday August 17th in Branford.
The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority announced the event will be held from noon until 4p.m. at Lake Saltonstall Recreation Area at 100 Hosley Avenue. This even is free to the public. This event encourages local families to connect with families and make experiences together.
Kate Powell, RWA’s Communications and Outreach Manager says
“Opie’s World, based on cartoon opossum, was developed to get adults and children to connect with the natural world and each other. This event offers a unique opportunity to learn about the environment around them.”
Activities at the event includ learning how to fish, crafting with nature, breaking open rocks to unveil crystals and a scavenger hunt. Those who attend will also learn how to determine the age and growth of a tree through tree ring tales and create leaf prints. All children will also receive a free drawstring backpack to carry home the crafts they design.
While the Tap Into Nature event is free, to tap into other recreational offerings such as hiking, fishing, biking, and cross country skiing, a recreation permit is needed to access the following nine recreation areas from dawn to dusk. Those include Lake Saltonstall, Maltby Lake, Pine Hill, Lake Chamberlin, Lake Bethany, Sugarloaf Hills, Big Gulp, Genesee and Hammonasset. Permits range in cost from $25 for a one-year individual membership to a $50 two-year family membership. For more information you can head to their website.