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State touts hiking challenge as activity to get families outdoors

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is urging people to get outdoors this summer.  DEEP has launched their second annual Sky is the Limit Hiking Challenge.  DEEP says it's a friendly competition where participants will receive a medallion for hiking at 10 state parks and forests, if they meet the requirements. 


Last year, hundreds of people hiked to 14 of Connecticut’s high peaks and received prizes for their efforts.  This year's challenge highlights bodies of water: lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, canals, and wetlands.  


Hikers need to take photos at two designated locations in each of the participating properties, and once 10 are completed , email them to DEEP.  Among the state parks participating, are Collis Huntington in Redding, Squantz Pond in New Fairfield and Black Rock in Watertown. 


Residents have until December 9th to email photos to claim a prize.


To receive a medallion and certificate, email your photos (a picture of yourself at ten of the “A” and “B” locations listed above), along with your name and home address , to or mail to CT DEEP State Parks, Sky’s the Limit, 79 Elm St., Hartford, CT 06106. Entries must be received by December 9, 2016.

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