Hampton is a bucolic town nestled in Eastern Connecticut’s Last Green Valley. In Hampton you will find: a day care, Hampton Elementary School, farms, state forests, and nature sanctuaries. This page is just a snap shot of reasons as to why the property is completely unsuitable for a State Police Gun Range. We respectfully ask State Police to move on.
The property is directly behind Mossy Rock Children’s Garden.
Hampton Elementary School is about two miles from the proposed gun range property.
The property is also directly behind Turtle Ledge Farm certified organic by Bay State Organic Certifiers.
Goodwin State Forest is a popular hiking, and boating spot in our town. You will often find groups of young environmentalists (children as young as three years old!) hiking and engaging in hands on learning activities as part of a class lead by Goodwin’s Naturalists. For upcoming events and classes visit friendsofgoodwinforest.org. Check out this video https://youtu.be/2d1ZDVEyOIE to learn more about Goodwin State Forest.
Natchaug State Forest encompasses the norther border of our town and is a popular hiking and camping spot. Next to Natchaug State Forest is the Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary or “Trail Wood” for short. This 168 acre gem is managed as a nature preserve by the Connecticut Audubon Society. “Trail Wood” was the home of naturalist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie. Teale’s book, A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm (1974), is a chronicle of this property.
In 2013, Yankee Magazine named Trail Wood as one of Connecticut’s two best nature sanctuaries-the second is Connecticut Audubon Society’s 700 acre Bafflin Sanctuary in Pomfret.-CTaudubon.org
Meadows, a network of trails, two ponds, and a writer’s cabin are some of the many captivating features of this sanctuary. Every year “Trail Wood” accepts applications for the Edwin Way Teale Artist-in-Residence Program. Artists who complete this program are captivated and inspired by this little Eden. Read more at Six Days in Eden theday.com.