Forest & Park Association

16 Meriden Rd., Middlefield, Rte. 66, Rockfall, CT 06481. Ask for the CT Walk Book. The Connecticut Walk Book  East and West. These are complete guides to the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System, the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut, and other trails in state forests, parks, and quasi-public open space areas maintained in part or entirely by CFPA trail volunteers. The Connecticut Walk Book East provides a comprehensive guide to hiking covering the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails from central CT (including the Metacomet and Mattabesett Trails) the the east. Published by CFPA and edited by Ann Colson, this is the 19th edition of the guidebook that was first released more than 75 years ago. Includes detailed two-color topographic maps that are crisp, clear, and easy to read. Complete trail descriptions accompany the maps. he CT Walk Book West provides a comprehensive guide to hiking covering the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails from central CT (including the Metacomet and Mattabesett Trails) the the west. The CT Walk Book West won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award.

Historic Preservation and Museum Division

One Constitution Plaza, Second Floor, Hartford, CT 06103. 860-256-2800. The Historic Preservation and Museum Division functions under state and federal law as Connecticut's State Historic Preservation Office. The division administers a broad range of federal and state programs that identify, register and protect the buildings, sites, structures, districts and objects that comprise Connecticut's cultural heritage. The division operates five historic properties: Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, Henry Whitfield State Museum, Sloane-Stanley Museum, Prudence Crandall Museum, and Viets Tavern.

Humanities Council

37 Broad Street., Middletown, CT 06457. Tel: 860.685.2260. A non-profit granting organization offers a comprehensive statewide Calendar Of Events focusing on Connecticut's cultural activities.

Norwalk River Valley Trail

The Norwalk River Valley Trail [NRVT] project aims to build 38 miles of trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut to Rogers Park in Danbury, passing through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding along the way.

The NRVT will be a 10 foot wide, ADA compliant trail creating recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, kids, and pets. The NRVT will offer healthy transportation alternative rail stations, schools, offices, and businesses.

State of CT Arts Division

One Constitution Plaza, Second Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 860-256-2800. The Arts Division develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors. Through its grant programs, the division invests in Connecticut artists and arts organizations thereby encouraging public participation as creators, learners, supporters and audience members. Through its programs and services, the division connects people to the arts and helps to build vital communities across the state. Through its programs, the division encourages arts in education to promote life-long learning. The division oversees the gallery which is dedicated to promoting cultural enrichment and visual understanding of the four divisions. The gallery features changing exhibitions that support the Commission's mission which directly relate to programs within the agency.

Tourism Division

One Constitution Plaza, Second Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 860-256-2800. The Tourism Division works to make tourism a leading economic contributor and a source of pride for Connecticut. The division partners with the Connecticut business community and five regional tourism districts to position the state, encourage strategic investment and ensure that Connecticut is a prime destination for leisure and business travelers. The division offers a broad range of services, including marketing, research, hospitality services, direct sales and business marketing assistance. The division operates Connecticut's four Welcome Centers.

Trails - CT Art Trail

Discover Connecticut's artistic treasure, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites and the lively communities in which they reside. From bucolic farms, art studios and former artists' boarding houses to grand and modern art museums in vibrant downtowns, the Connecticut Art Trail showcases diverse, quality collections rich in history and heritage. Discover European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture all within Connecticut's borders. Visit www.arttrail.org for information on each museum including Trail Getaways,  favorite picks for lodging, dining and area attractions near each museum. Museums in the Fairfield County include: The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, The Greenwich Historical Society- Bush Holley Historic Site in Cos Cob, and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk.