Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


860.677.8458


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


860.677.8458


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Programs

 


Adult & Teen Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Take your riding to the next level. Get faster times on your bike course at the Triathlon Series, and transition to your run with more energy. We will focus on the 5-mile course. Experience course recon, technical drills and transition practice. Bring your questions! Mountain Bikes ONLY please (no hybrids). Clipless pedals recommended. Helmet is mandatory. Jimena Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event. Rain date: June 4th.




After School Adventures

Your child will spend 1.5 hours a week participating in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower, consisting of 4 sides; a 15' beginner wall, a 35' intermediate wall, a 35' advanced wall and the fourth side is a 60' x 35' cargo net. Participants may also have the opportunity to spend some time on our high ropes course where they would walk across cable bridges, climb up ropes, climb through tires, maneuver around logs, climb up, in and over a canoe, negotiate a giant's ladder, swing from 50 feet, and jump into the abyss. Through this, your child has the opportunity to overcome personal fears and develop new self-confidence and trust. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session. Please note- Session One is for K - 2nd grade, Session Two is for 3rd - 5th grade.


Afternoon Explorers

Here is an exciting option to add to your morning sports/half day programs for parents that would like their children to experience all aspects of camp. Campers may sign up for this afternoon program if they are signed up for any Winding Trails Half Day camp that ends at noon. This will include all the best from our sports/half day camps in the morning combined with an afternoon filled with fun and adventure at Archery, Boating, Nature, and more. The fun and excitement is here for you! So what are you waiting for? Get out and PLAY! Transportation provided from our summer day camp buses (no additional cost) and campers can attend early and late program ($22.00 per week for either) if needed. This program will be run as part of our ACA accredited day camp and CT State Licensed Day Camp.


Amazing Reptiles & Amphibians

Winding Trails is pleased to invite Adam Harris, the seasoned herpetologist and owner of Harris in Wonderland, to visit us this summer. He will bring a selection of amazing reptiles and amphibians from all corners of the globe. Experience a visit with a giant land tortoise from Africa, learn amazing facts about frogs, see the special features of the Australian bearded dragon and more! This is a free program provided by monies donated through the Trails Fund. Registration is required 3 days prior to the event.



American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding

Junior Lifeguarding is a newly revised program which is designed to guide youth to the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course. This program focuses on building a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills for future lifeguards. Please note that this program does NOT provide any type of certification. Registration is required 3 days prior to the start of the session.



American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Would you like to become a certified lifeguard? Participants who successfully complete the course will be certified in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Training and Waterfront Training. All candidates must be 15 years or older by the end of the last class. Prerequisite: 1st day is able to swim 550 yards continuously using only front crawl with rhythmic breathing and breaststroke; tread water for 2 minutes using legs only; swim 20 yards pick up brick and swim back with brick within 1 minutes and 49 seconds; and swim 5 yards submerged and retrieve three rings (5 yards apart). Registration is required one week before the start of class.



Archery Lessons

Bullseye! But can you do that twice? You can after learning the techniques and skills of a great marksman. Come try this challenging and exciting sport. Candidates must be at least seven years of age. All classes will meet at the Archery Range near Walton Pond. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session. This is a members only class. Seesions 1 & 2 meet on Mondays & Wednesdays, Sessions 3 & 4 meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays.


Baked Potato Fest

Winding Trails will once again be presenting the popular Baked Potato Fest. Bring the family and create your own luscious version of these meal-sized baked potatoes and join in the fun of dancing to the Electric Slide, Chicken Dance and other fun dances. Give yourself a night out and join us for an evening at the beach. Registration is required by July 10th. This is a members only event.
Menu: Garden salad, baked potato (with assorted toppings), dessert, beverages.


Baseball Camp

Baseball takes the rich history of the game from Cooperstown to your town. Our staff uses our progressionnal curriculum to teach the fundamentals of fielding, catching, throwing, hitting, and base running, all in a fun, positive environment. Specifically designed for beginner and intermediate players, this camp teaches all athletes new baseball skills along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and responsibility. Participants come away with new friends, new skills, and a love for the game! Participant-to-coach ratio: 12:1.


Basketball Camp

This fun, skill-intensive program is designed with the beginning to intermediate player in mind. Using our progression curriculum, our basketball staff focus on the whole player, teaching your child the skills needed both on and off the court to be a better athlete. Each day will start with a "skill of the day" and progress into drills and games. After a week of passing, shooting, dribbling, and rebounding, your child will show you why this is one of our most popular programs.


Boathouse Pavilion Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Join us for a celebration of the "official" opening of our new Boathouse Pavilion. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, speeches, tours, music and refreshments. Please register by Thursday, June 1st.


C.A.R.E. Family Bass Fishing Class & Practice- For Anglers with Some Experience

This Family Fishing Class is for families with girls and boys that are 9-years and older and individuals that already have some fishing experience and want to learn how to target bass. It is being presented jointly by Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (C.A.R.E.) program, the CT B.A.S.S. Nation, and Winding Trails. This free class expands your knowledge of large- and small-mouth bass and provides techniques needed to catch these predator fish. The C.A.R.E. program has taught over 185,000 people since 1986. Certified volunteer instructors will pass along their knowledge and expertise that has been learned through years of bass angling. This all day program offers an introduction in the morning to get you ready for the fishing practice held that afternoon. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite fishing rod and reel for the event. Please register by Tuesday, May 15th..
9:00am to 11:00am: Class
11:00am to 11:30am: Outside Demonstration
11:30am to 12:00pm: Bring your own lunch
12:00pm to 2:00pm: Fishing Practice



C.A.R.E. Family Fishing Class- 9 Years Old & Up

Join us for a free basic fishing class geared for families with children ages 9 and up. This free class will teach you about basic fishing tackle, how to set up a rod, proper bait, and more. It is being presented jointly by the Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education program and Winding Trails. Bring your own lunch to enjoy between the class and practice.
Please register by Monday, May 15th.
9:30 am to 11:30 am: Class
11:30 am to 12:00 pm: Bring your own lunch
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Fishing Practice



Climbing Tower Days

This 2.5-hour program introduces the bouldering wall, climbing tower and zip line. The climbing tower and zip line are designed to provide a more individual challenge and to build self-confidence while still relying on the group support system. The tower activities include the 8' x 30' bouldering wall for practice before the climbing tower. The climbing tower is 40' high consisting of 3 sides; a 15' beginner wall with incline, a 40' intermediate vertical wall, a 40' advanced wall with incline and over hangs. The 300' long zip line is located at the top platform of the tower. A safety system (belay system) is used with the Tower and 2 Extreme Engineering auto belay system. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session.


Discover Adventure

Your camper will participate in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower, to soaring through the air on our High Ropes Course, to splashing around in the lake through lake orienteering and raft building, as well a Discover SCUBA program. Your camper is sure to leave with lasting memories as well as the opportunity to overcome personal fears and develop new self-confidence and trust. Friday we will go to Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, CT. This trip will be a full day and will run until 4:30pm.


Discover Scuba

Have you ever wondered what it is like to breathe underwater? Or maybe you have just heard so much about the Walton Pond project and you wanted to take a closer look at the progress. Well then come out and see what everyone is talking about. In this program we will spend a little time to explain the basic principles of scuba diving and give you an overview of your scuba gear which will be supplied for you. Once you feel comfortable, we will help you learn basic scuba skills. The skills you learn during your Discover Scuba Diving experience may be credited toward the full Scuba certification course. Gear will be provided. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the session.


Explore the Night Walks

Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Session 1: Vernal Pools, Session 2: Fishing, Session 3: Crayfish, Session 4: Trees, Session 5: Spiders
Registration required three days prior to the event date.



Farmington River Canoe Trip

The Farmington River is consider one of CT's most scenic waterways. Join the Winding Trails staff on the "flats" of the Farmington. This a trip for all skill levels. If you have never canoed, we will teach the basics. Winding Trails will provide gear and transportation. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session. Session 1: For all skill levels. Session 2: Intermediate and advanced skills required.


Fiesta Winding Trails

Grab your sombrero and your amigos and come party with us! Enjoy live music from the Mariachi band. Dinner and beverages will be included. Don't miss out on the fun! Registration is required by August 7th. Members only event. Menu: Tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos with all the fixings, dessert and beverages.


Flag Football Camp

Flag Football is the perfect introduction to "America's Game" or a great refresher for those who want to brush up on their skills preparing for league play. Through our "skill of the day" exercises, campers will learn skills on both sides of the ball including the core components of passing, catching, and deflagging or defensive positioning- all presented in a fun and positive environment. The week ends with the Sports Bowl, giving participants a chance to showcase their skills on the gridiron!


Golf Camp

This program breaks down the fundamental skills of golf through easily understood and applicable games and exercises that increase the athlete's abilities. Each athlete will learn proper grips, footwork, and swing mechanics to help develop the total player. Each day will start with a "skill of the day" and progress into drills and games.


Introduction to Boats

This class will provide instruction in the basics of our watercrafts including canoes & kayaks. Students will also learn some basic water safety skills. Skills and exercises will be presented with the emphasis on FUN! Registration is required at least three days prior to the start of each session.


Kayaking & Canoeing

Come along on this adventure as we enjoy the weather out on our lake. In the beginning of the week we will be canoeing, the second half of the week we will be kayaking. This camp will cover paddle strokes, rescue techniques, and whitewater basics. On Tuesday we will canoe and Friday we will kayak down the Farmington River. Both of these trips will be full days and will run until 4:30pm.


Kids Mountain Bike Clinic

Calling all kids ready to have some FUN on the bike! Come and ride the trails and learn a few tips about technique, balance and eye focus. We will work on body position uphill & downhill, shifting, breaking and turning. Mountain bikes only, helmet mandatory. Jimena Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event. Rain date: June 4th.


Lacrosse Camp

Suit up and find out why lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Lacrosse combines the basic skills used in soccer, basketball and hockey into one fast-paced, high-scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting in a fun, non-checking environment. Our staff helps campers learn not only the sport of lacrosse, but also important life skills such as respect, teamwork, and discipline. Designed for ages 7 to 12, this camp ensures that every athlete will come away with a deep understanding of the game and its traditions.


Lego Camp for 5-7 Year Olds

Create, Play, and Learn. Build a town, city, or star base with houses, buildings, pyramids, bridges, tunnels, towers,
and more. Build motorized cars, trains, buses, and trucks; race them; crash them; repair them. Explore the many possibilities of LEGO building systems while learning useful construction techniques.



Lego Camp for 8-10 Year Olds

Design and build motorized machines, catapults, pyramids, demolition derby cars, truss and suspension bridges, buildings,
and other constructions. Explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture while playing with your favorite creations. This is a hands-on and minds on class suitable for LEGO novices to "maniacs." Returning students will work on new projects and challenges.




Leszek Wrona Soccer Academy Camp

Wrona Soccer is proud to be working with Winding Trails to be able to offer opportunities for players of all ages with our camp this summer. Our experienced staff excels at knowing how to get the best out of players through demonstrating techniques and inspiring players to reach higher. Our players learn the fundamentals of the game, ball control, passing, defending, and scoring. We will teach every child at their own pace.


Little Adventurers Camp

Join the fun! Each day your camper will spend time learning and practicing their skills on the Outdoor Bouldering Wall, the Climbing Tower and participating in adventure activities. Skills such as balance and coordination will be presented with the emphasis on FUN!



Little Adventures

Join the fun! This 5 week program is designed for your 4 and 5 year old. Each week your child will spend 1.5 hours learning and practicing their skills on the Outdoor Bouldering Wall the Climbing Tower and participating in adventure activities. Skills such as balance and coordination will be presented with the emphasis on FUN! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session.


Little Feet Sports

This program is designed for children ages 5-6 years old. Basketball, soccer, tee-ball and tennis will all be included in this 5 day, 1 1/2 hour program. The program will focus on teaching the very basic beginner skills of each sport and will have a big emphasis on having fun.


Nature On Foot

Discover the wonder of observing nature in real time. We get to experience a partial eclipse of the sun on our first day. Get wet as you capture frogs and turtles at Walton Pond. Explore the shore of Dunning Lake for crayfish and more. We'll explore how Poplar Swamp Brook creates its path as you look for who lives within its waters and along its edge. Each day involves hands-on activities and experiments. On our walks, we will explore, collect, and observe animals and different environments. Dress for the weather, bring your imagination, and plan to have fun as we discover what's out there!


Odyssey Course Days

This new element if the first of its kind in Connecticut. Comprised of ten telephone poles at 40 feet high with a series of multiple elements that will challenge and thrill all ages. This element is unique because it is designed to be climbed in a group. This allows for an individual challenge while having the support of a group to help you through each activity. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session.


Play & Stay Overnight

This program provides you and your family the opportunity to spend some quality time together. Make memories your kids will cherish forever while enjoying dozens of activities and camping out at Winding Trails. Activities available include soccer, basketball, hiking, baseball, boating, archery and more. You bring the tent, sleeping bags and toiletries and we will do the rest! This is a very popular program so early registration is advised. A BBQ on Friday night (6:30pm - 7:30pm) and a continental breakfast on Saturday morning (7:00am - 8:30am) are included. Please note: the availability of archery and boating are based on certified staff availability and cannot be guaranteed. Registration is required by three days prior to the event. Members Only Event.



Rock Climbing & Caving

Scale new heights and explore the subterranean wonders. Learn and practice technical skills and movement on our 40-foot outdoor climbing tower. We will cover the description and use of basic hardware, belaying and rappelling, as well as discuss the formation of caves, structures and wildlife. On Tuesday we will be caving in Clarksville, New York and Friday we will go to Rattlesnake Mountain here in Farmington. Both of these trips will be full days and will run until 4:30pm.


Sailing Class

Sailing classes will be offered on beautiful Dunning Lake. Learn the parts of a sunfish along with set up procedures, basic maneuvering, tacks, jibes, capsizing and safe boating practices. All sailing is two or three people per sunfish. Registration is required at least three days prior to the start of each session.


Saturday Afternoon Family Nature Walks

Join Miss Judy for an afternoon family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with children that enjoy exploring all around the property. Each month the walk to will take you to a different area to explore. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with clothes that can get dirty. A pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Session 1: Vernal Pools, Session 2: Crayfish, Session 3: Trees, Session 4: Spiders. Registration required three days prior to the event date.



Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks (Young Children)

Join Miss Judy, Winding Trails' naturalist, for a morning family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with young children, six years and younger. Each month the walk will take your family to a different location so a new topic can be explored. Be prepared to watch for animals and listen for fun sounds. Wear good walking shoes and dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Registration is required by three days prior to the date of the program. Session 1: Vernal Pools, Session 2: Crayfish, Session 3: What lives in trees?, Session 4: Spiders & Bugs


Scavenger Hunt

Get a bunch of your friends together and get ready to hunt! There will be a set time to find as many things as possible on the list given to you. The team with the most items from the list at the end of that time wins. Registration is required by July 24th. Rain date: July 27th. Members only event.


SCUBA Certification- SSI Open Water

In this program we will teach you all of the skills you need to become a certified Scuba diver. This course is made up of 1 academic lesson, 3 pool sessions, and 4 open water dives. The skills you learn during your Discover Scuba Diving experience may be credited toward this Scuba certification course. This program will be run in partnership with New England Ski and Scuba and Farmington Farms Tennis and Athletic club.
There will be two weekend day trips as well.
The fee includes the books and cards, as well as the personal gear package. If you have your own gear, please contact the office for a class only fee.



Soccer Camp

Shoot and score with our new soccer camp. Participants will learn the fundamentals of soccer including game rules, dribbling and shooting techniques, as well as the proper positions on the field. The program will be a mix of drills and fun games with the intent of getting ready for a full field game on the last day of camp. The main emphasis will be on having fun while playing the world's game!


Summer Kick Off

Start the summer off sizzling. Enjoy the sounds of summer provided by our DJ and dance away the night in the evening breeze at the beach. Join in on our family summer game tournaments, including bean bag toss, ladder ball, beach volley ball and many more. The kids will also enjoy our inflatable obstacle course and bounce house. Offerings will also include a cookout and activities to delight the young and the young-at-heart. Registration is required by June 26th. This is a members only event.
Menu: Hot dogs, hamburgers, mixed vegetables, potato salad, fruit salad, dessert, beverages.


Take a Walk

Session 1: Come join Steve Messier, Winding Trails' volunteer botanist, to discover more about the flowering plants that inhabit Winding Trails property. The walk will catch the portion of the summer that has the most plants in flower. The walk visits a variety of habitats. Session 2: Learn what plants from grasses to flowers are found within the one year old field at Winding Trails. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of the program.


Talons! Birds of Prey Experience

Talons! A Bird of Prey experience will be returning this summer. This wonderful show will introduce you to falconry which is the oldest of all hunting sports. Lorrie and Talon Skye Schumacher present hawks, falcons, and owls in an exciting flying show! Their mission is to stress the importance of the role of raptors in the global environment and man's responsibility to the balance of the planet. This is a free program provided by money donated to the Trails Fund. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the event.



Tennis Camp

Sports Tennis breaks down the fundamental skills of tennis through easily understood and applicable games and exercises that increase the athlete's abilities. Each athlete will learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys, and serves to help develop the total player. Participant-to-coach ratio: 8:1.


Tiny Feet Sports

This program is designed for children 3-4 years old. The one hour program will focus on teaching the very basic beginner skills of sports, balance, coordination, and ball handling with a big emphasis on having fun.


Wacky Relays

Let's get wacky! Today we will be getting wacky with relays like the dizzy bat relay, egg toss, a whip cream pie eating race, an obstacle course relay and many more! You don't want to miss out on the fun! Registration is required by July 3rd. Rain date: July 6th. Members only event.


Walton Pond Trail Half Marathon

This year Winding Trails will host it's first trail half marathon.The race will take place solely on Winding Trails property.With 380 acres of prime woodland, Winding Trails has some of the most beautiful scenery in the Farmington Valley.The trails are not technical which makes it a good first half marathon trail course. It will be a fast race for more experienced trail runners. There are some climbs and single tracks. It's the perfect race to prepare yourself for the upcoming season! Registration begins at 7am, race starts at 8am. PLEASE BE SURE TO ENTER YOUR DATE OF BIRTH WHEN REGISTERING ONLINE!!
Pre-registration at the reduced fee will close on Friday, May 19th. Day of race registration fees are $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers.
https://www.generationucan.com/racepack/waltonpondhalf


Wet & Wild

When it comes to celebrating summer nothing is better than getting wet & wild in the sun. Enjoy all your favorite water games as we splash our way into fun! Registration is required by July 17th. Rain date: July 20th. Members only event.


Winding Trails Olympics

Enjoy the skills and spills as our own members compete in Olympic events. Winding Trails lifeguards will coach the teams. So come join the fun and help carry the torch down the beach. Registration is required by July 31st. Rain date: August 3rd. Members only event.


Youth Adventurers

Your camper will spend 2.5 hours a day participating in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower (consists of a 15' beginner wall, a 35' intermediate wall, a 35' advanced wall, a 60' x 35' cargo net and a zipline). Your camper is sure to leave with lasting memories as well as the opportunity to overcome personal fears and develop new self-confidence and trust.

 

 

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Winding Trails

50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Phone 860.677.8458    Fax 860.676.9407

Winding Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving people from Farmington and surrounding communities, providing year round recreational and educational activities for the enjoyment and growth of families and individuals of all ages. Winding Trails is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of the natural woodlands and waterways that allow outdoor programming, character development, and other activities that strengthen the lives of those we serve.