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Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

English: in Mystic, CT Polski: w Mystic, CT
English: in Mystic, CT Polski: w Mystic, CT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today, my wife and I paid a visit to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, CT. I grew up in Mystic and, although spending a good chunk of my adult life there and still working there, must confess I have not been a regular attendee there. Perhaps I have visited twice in my life.

It was a cloudy Sunday afternoon, as the sun had not yet broken through the clouds after a much-needed rainfall to heat the humid atmosphere up. We had just finished a late lunch at the Steak Loft Restaurant and were driving around when I noticed an advertisement for the Sunday afternoon Farmer's Market they were holding near the Nature Center which made me think of it and suggest to my wife that we pay a visit. She agreed to the idea and off we went to explore the center. It didn't take long before we decided it would be prudent [as well as inexpensive] to become members. For a yearly fee of $50 we became 'Grandparent' members so that we can visit whenever we like and bring our grandchildren as the opportunity presents itself. It is certainly cheap enough for all that they have to offer and we are happy to help out such a fine organization as the Nature Center has proven to be over the years.

The exhibit area in the building begins on the upper level with an interesting display of taxidermy representing the local wildlife and progresses downstairs to such things as interesting toads, frogs, turtles and snakes, among other things. There is also a nice taxidermy collection of birds to peruse, as well.

It was late in the afternoon when we arrived-- and, as the clouds broke, it quickly became hot and muggy, so we cut our visit a little shorter than we might have if it was earlier and the weather more pleasant. We did take a few minutes to walk one of the trails into the woods where Karen observed some people catching frogs in a nearby little pond. I can see us definitely spending some time there, especially with the kids. Please check out dpnc.org for more information or to become a member.

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