Connecticut DEP Encourages Residents to Fulfill New Year’s Resolutions; Buy State Park Season Pass

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Connecticut DEP Encourages Residents to Fulfill New Year’s Resolutions; Buy State Park Season Pass2009 passes now available from DEP

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Gina McCarthy said today that the 2009 state park season pass is available for purchase either online, by mail or in person.

Commissioner McCarthy said, “Since the holidays are now behind us, it is the time to begin thinking of getting outside with your families and friends to work off those extra pounds. With your state park pass you can start the new year in a healthy way, enjoying the splendor and beauty of all 106 state parks and 32 state forests.”

The 2009 state park pass provides free parking at all state parks that charge a parking fee. Valid for the entire 2009 calendar year, passes cost $50 for state residents and $75 for out-of-state residents. The cost of museum entrance fees is not covered.

Commissioner McCarthy added, “We’ve worked so hard over the past three years promoting the nationally acclaimed No Child Left Inside initiative and want all of you to join in the effort to spend more time outdoors. Whether you enjoy walking in the woods, fishing in a pristine lake or pond, or just spending time bird watching, Connecticut state parks are for everyone. Purchasing a 2009 state park pass makes it easy and convenient for your entire family.”

There are several convenient ways to purchase a state park pass:

Shop online at & select “DEP Store” Purchase with a Visa or MasterCard. A $2.50 shipping fee will be charged. Your pass will be shipped to you by first class mail. If you want your pass sent by United Parcel Service, please indicate “Ship via UPS” in the “Special Instructions” field at checkout.

Visit the DEP Store at DEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford. Store hours are Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Purchase with Visa or MasterCard, cash or check.

Visit other DEP locations (Cash or check only)

Call for schedule and hours

DEP Eastern District Headquarters
209 Hebron Road, Marlborough
(860) 295-9523

DEP Western District Headquarters
230 Plymouth Road, Harwinton
(860) 485-0226

Sherwood Island Boating Office
Exit 18 off I-95, Westport,
(203) 226-6983

DEP Office of Boating
333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme,
(860) 434-8638

Mail a check made out to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut” to DEP Store, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Include an additional $3.75 shipping fee. Your pass will be shipped to you by UPS.

For further information, call the DEP store in Hartford at (860) 424-3555.