Painting of dinosaur from Jurassic Period
Legacy of Our Natural Resources
Several of Connecticut's premier natural history
resources are its Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill and the
state's abundant maple trees in Hebron, the source of high-quality
maple sugar and syrup.
The Connecticut Valley has a long history of fossil
track discoveries. Outstanding specimens, uncovered in
nineteenth-century brownstone quarries, found their way into
museums around the world. In 1966, when excavating a site for a
state office building, several large dinosaur tracks were uncovered
in sandstone. The trackway, preserved in place, is a Registered
Natural Landmark. Later excavations found many more dinosaur
tracks, resulting in one of the world's largest on-site displays.
This remarkable site became
Dinosaur State Park . A
geodesic dome now covers 500 of the 2000 footprints and many
exhibits. Over 80,000 visitors from around the world visit Dinosaur
State Park, enjoying the panoramic, life-size dioramas, walking the
nature trails, and visiting the arboretum, gardens, and picnic
First held in 1991, the
Hebron Maple Festival highlights the many working sugar houses in that
town. Festival activities include the crowning of a Maple Fest King
and Queen, dog-sled demonstrations, dances, a crafts fair, and the
sale of maple sugar products. The Festival celebrated its tenth
anniversary at its March 11 and 12, 2000, event.
The project is documented with short written
descriptions and several brochures from Dinosaur State Park.
Originally submitted by: John B. Larson, Representative (1st District).
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