Connecticut Trails Blog

The Connecticut Trails Blog is a place where Connecticut Trails faculty, staff, and partners discuss the things that are important to them, whether it’s work-related or in the broader, global, community. Any opinions expressed in our blog posts are those of the author and not the opinion of Connecticut Trails or the University of Connecticut.

My Environmental Story: A Blog Series

The Blog Series, My Environmental Story, is a place where the discussion of one’s journey as an environmentalist changes and transforms as one learns more about the world around them. This series will highlight individuals and their honest reflections and introspections. The goal of this blog is to emphasize how every individual has a unique environmental story reflective of their different backgrounds and experiences. Any opinions expressed in these blog posts are those of the author and not the opinion of Connecticut Trails or the University of Connecticut.

  • The 2023 Trail Use Count Data Report
    The 2023 Trail Use Count Data Report is complete and posted on the CT Trails website. Read about the 2023 counts at 23 long term locations along with 12 short-term locations including takeaways and trends. 
    Posted on June 6, 2024
  • Welcome Emily!
    We are excited to announce that we have a new intern here at UConn CLEAR and the CT Trail Program! Emily Markelon is an environmental studies and journalism student at the University of Connecticut, planning to graduate in the fall of 2024. She is the Twitter and Facebook chair for UConn’s chapter of Her Campus, […]
    Posted on April 5, 2024
  • My 2023 Trail Symposium Recap
    The 2023 Trail Symposium was an immersive experience with multiple events over multiple days. World Trails Film Festival, Tuesday This is the second time that I have had the privilege of viewing the he World Trails Film Festival. The series of short films combines stories with scenery and music that together capture the power of […]
    Posted on November 5, 2023
  • Graduate Student Opportunity
    The CT Trails Program and the UConn Department of Natural Resources and the Environment seek a graduate student interested in pursuing a graduate degree in partnership with an interdisciplinary project focused on outdoor recreation and trail use and monitoring. The funded assistantship will start in January of 2024. Work for this assistantship will involve comparing […]
    Posted on August 29, 2023
  • 2023 Connecticut Trail Symposium
    The Connecticut Trail Symposium is back in 2023! And this year will be a new, more immersive experience with multiple events over multiple days. Many thanks to the City of Torrington for sponsoring the events and making them possible. The Trail Symposium will be Friday, October 13, 2023 from 9am-3pm at the Five Points Arts […]
    Posted on August 17, 2023
  • The 2022 Trail Use and Count Data Report
    The 2022 Trail Use Count Data Report is complete and posted on the CT Trails website. Read about the 2022 counts at 21 locations, including takeaways and trends. 
    Posted on May 10, 2023
  • Welcome Adelheid!
    Meet Adelheid, the newest, although not-so-new Trails Team member. Adelheid just completed her graduate certificate in Sustainable Environmental Planning and Management from the UConn College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resource, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. She has stepped in and up to support the trail census in every way, from data downloads to report […]
    Posted on May 7, 2023
  • The Air Line State Park Trail Count and Survey Analysis
    In the fall of 2022, the Trails Team completed the Air Line State Park Trail Count and Survey Analysis Report which is part of the Master Plan work being conducted by CT Resource Conservation & Development Area (RC&D). It is an evaluation of the Air Line State Park multi-use trail based on survey responses and counts from short- and long-term infrared counters from January […]
    Posted on September 7, 2022
  • Connecticut Trail Finder is Hiring! Apply for the Paid Student Internship, Fall 2021
    Connecticut Trail Finder Paid Student Internship, Fall 2021 Supervisor contact: This internship will be co-supervised by Laura Brown, Community & Economic Development Educator – New Haven County Extension Center, Contact- Laura Brown: Cell 608-886-0655 and Kimberly Bradley, CT Trail Census/Trail Finder Coordinator Cell 860-581-3130 Office location: Remote. Weekly online meetings (computer required) will […]
    Posted on September 2, 2021
  • My Environmental Story: An End of a Chapter
    Author: Khadija Shaikh This summer, I got an internship with a newly grant-funded project, the Connecticut Trail Finder. It was the first environmental-related job I ever held and to say I am sad that it is ending today would be an understatement. You see, this summer was not only a positive experience but a healthy […]
    Posted on August 20, 2021
  • My Environmental Story: I can do more.
    Author: Sharon Gray My environmental story starts at a young age. I grew up in Upstate New York and nature was all around us. We had a field and forest as our backyard and my sister, brother, and I was forever playing in it. My family camped at Lake George and we vacationed at a cottage […]
    Posted on August 16, 2021
  • Making Connections in Keney Park
    Author: Stephanie Stroud Keney Park is a place with a fascinating history. It is one of the biggest designed landscapes in the United States, and it was designed by the famous “Founder of Landscape Architecture,” Frederick Law Olmsted, in his very own birthplace of Hartford, CT!  Today, this gem of a park offers woodland trails, sweeping […]
    Posted on August 2, 2021
  • My Environmental Story: A Lifetime of Loving the Great Outdoors
    Author: Dr. Jenifer Nadeau It wasn’t that long ago that I suddenly realized that I was an environmentalist. I was reading something in an outdoor magazine and it hit me and I thought to myself, “Oh, wow, I guess I am an environmentalist!” In Khadija’s previous post, she defined the term “environmentalist” = as traditionally […]
    Posted on July 19, 2021
  • CT Trail Finder: How to Turn it into an App!
    Author: Kimberly Bradley Hello everyone! On behalf of the Connecticut Trail Finder team, I have an announcement to make: there is a way to make the Connecticut Trail Finder Website an app on your phone! Though it is not an application you can download through the app store on your device, it is instead a […]
    Posted on July 5, 2021
  • My Environmental Story: It’s Quite Unconventional and Still Evolving.
    Author: Khadija Shaikh If you had told me two years ago that I was to be an environmentalist* and fight for the planet, I would have laughed. I would have said “There are much more important things to advocate for. People around the world are being discriminated against because of the color of their skin, […]
    Posted on June 23, 2021