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.
May 13, 2021 News 12 and Mark Fowler explore northwestern Connecticut's rich iron history, and how it changed the landscape over the years.
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.
Waterfalls in Winter
January 28, 2020 Mark Fowler takes News 12 on a tour of some of Connecticut's most beautiful waterfalls. Learn how waterfalls are created and see the incredible ice crystals forming around the falls.
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.
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.
July 30, 2020 Mark Fowler visits Clarke Outdoors, a water adventure company in West Cornwall, Connecticut that has been promising up memories along the Housatonic River for 40 years.
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."