A NATURAL OUTING AT THE NATURE CENTER
Many visitors to this region naturally gravitate to some of its biggest and splashiest attractions: The casinos, Mystic Seaport, the beaches. But just down one of Mystic’s less traveled roads is a gem of an attraction that locals have enjoyed for decades and tourists in recent years have learned to appreciate.
At the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center you can experience the wonders of southeastern Connecticut’s natural bounty and learn about its animals, flora and fauna.
Back in 1946, when Mystic was still mostly a backwater outpost in eastern Connecticut and long before it would become a tourist mecca, a group of forward-thinking locals, led by members of area garden groups and an organization called the Denison Society, decided to preserve some 300 acres off Pequotsepos Road.
It was just afterWorldWar II and as men were coming home from war and families reconnecting, their was a growing sense among some locals, says Maggie Jones, executive director of the center, of reconnecting with the natural environment as well.
The mission of those early conservationists, Jones says, was to “give the cit-