The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) No Child Left Inside® initiative continues this winter with the sixth annual “Winter Festival” at Black Rock State Park, Watertown on Saturday, February 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a full range of winter outdoor activities for the whole family.
Events will include fish stocking at 12:00 p.m., ice fishing, fish fry, snowshoeing, tracking, ice safety rescue demonstrations by the Watertown Fire Department, winter survival skills, winter painting with artists from Weir Farm, visits from Resources in Search and Rescue and CT Horse Council – Volunteer Horse Patrol, and a bonfire complete with a marshmallow roast and storytelling.
Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, “DEEP’s Winter Festival is a time-honored tradition, now in its sixth year. Join DEEP and many volunteers who can guarantee you a fabulous time outdoors and educate you on how to be safe on those cold, frosty days. DEEP encourages families and friends to come out on February 4th to learn about what Connecticut’s parks and forests have to offer during the wintertime and learn skills that you can take away for an adventure on your own.”
The event is free.
Black Rock State Park is located on Rt. 6 in Watertown. To get there from Route 8 north: take Exit 38. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp to first traffic light. Turn left at traffic light onto US Route 6 west. Park entrance is a 1/2 mile on the right on US Route 6.From Route 8 south: take Exit 38. Go straight ahead at the end of the exit ramp to US Route 6 west. Park entrance is on the right.
*Despite the relatively warm temperatures this winter, it is important to remember how to dress properly should the weather turn severely cold. Tips include:
·Wearing mittens, which provide more warmth to your hands than gloves.
· Since most of your body heat is lost through your head you should wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears.
· Dress in warm layers so you can remove items if you get too warm.
· Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia that can be a serious medical condition: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
· Recognize frostbite warning signs: gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, waxy feeling skin. Seek medical attention immediately if you have these symptoms.
· Wear waterproof, insulated boots to help avoid hypothermia or frostbite by keeping your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
· Get out of wet clothes immediately and warm the core body temperature with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup.
Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol if you expect you or someone you are trying to help has hypothermia or frostbite.
Source: CT DEEP