Learn about snakes during free programs at nearby state parks

Learn more about snakes during upcoming free sessions at nearby state parks with representatives of the state environmental agency and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo are participating in the Year of the Snake celebration sponsored by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC).

Snakes are often misunderstood

Programs will take place in various state parks this summer to help visitors learn more about snakes, who are often misunderstood.

Zoo staff will help the public see snakes up-close and get a better idea of the role snakes play in the environment. The programs will run from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., and visitors may attend at any time during the session.

Sessions near Shelton will take place:

— Wednesday, July 10, at Kettletown State Park, 1400 Georges Hill Road, Southbury

— Wednesday, July 17, at Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby

For families to play groups

Families, individuals, summer programs and play groups of all ages are encouraged to participate. People are encouraged to pack a lunch and attend the program and then spend more time participating in recreational activities at the parks.

State parks are operated by the DEEP. For program details call the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby at 203-734-2513 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday.