Nature Initiative Director Mark Fowler has been exploring biodiversity in Connecticut with News 12’s Road Trip Close to Home. Watch the videos and learn about the incredible nature in our own backyard.
Enders State Forest
January 13, 2022 Mark Fowler and News 12 visit Enders State Forest in Granby, Connecticut, one of the 33 state forests that combines recreation and preservation.
First Day Hikes
December 30, 2021 As part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes, Mark Fowler joins News 12 in Litchfield to begin the new year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike.
Shetucket River Water Trail
August 5, 2021 Travel the Shetucket River Water Trail, a 22-mile scenic river that is part of a national heritage corridor, with Mark Fowler and News 12.
July 8, 2021 Mark Fowler joins News 12 to explore the slow-flowing Farmington River, with nice and calm water perfect for paddling on.
Saugatuck Universal Trail
March 18, 2021 Mark Fowler and Richard Wiese, host of "Born to Explore", join News 12 to travel the Saugatuck Universal Trail, which covers over 1,500 acres in Redding and Weston.
Biking in the Snow
February 11, 2021 Join Mark Fowler, News 12, and the Connecticut Outdoor Recreation Alliance for a visit Simsbury to go biking in the snow. Learn how this up-and-coming sport is encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors during the winter.
Enders State Forest
December 18, 2020 Mark Fowler and News 12 visit Enders State Forest, 2,000 acres of forest that was virtually cut down by the end of the 1800s, but has completely grown back for a combination of recreation and preservation.
November 19, 2020 Mark Fowler and News 12 explore Sub Edge Farm in Farmington, Connecticut. "A farm in particular is a great reason to shop locally because you're getting the freshest possible food you can," Fowler says.
October 8, 2020 Mark Fowler joins News 12 to show nature seekers how they can view more fall foliage without leaving the state. "Whether you're going to the town green or driving down one of our scenic byways or back roads or going for a hike in nature, you can't beat the fall foliage," Fowler says.
Mount Riga State Park
September 10, 2020 Mount Riga State Park, in Salisbury, Connecticut is home to the five tallest peaks in the state. Join Mark Fowler as he climbs Bear Mountain and Mount Frissell.
August 20, 2020 Mark Fowler joins Captain Ian Devlin on his boat in the waters around Norwalk, Connecticut for a conversation about how he shares the experiences that make the outdoors so unique to him.
June 18, 2020 Mark Fowler explores the town of Kent, Connecticut, a town "where nature meets Main Street and New England colonial charm meets fine art."