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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

Find us on facebook

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

 

With the ever-changing environment around COVID-19, we are unsure at this time what programs will be able to safely run. We are hoping to be able to offer all of these programs in some form, but will keep these pages updated with changes as needed.

2022 Boat Rental Pass- $20

PLEASE DO NOT SELECT EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY WHEN REGISTERING. The system charges per person. Just select one person- ALL members of household may use pass under that name. Purchase $20 worth of boat rentals for only $15!


2022 Boat Rental Pass- $50

PLEASE DO NOT SELECT EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY WHEN REGISTERING. The system charges per person. Just select one person- ALL members of household may use pass under that name. Purchase $50 worth of boat rentals for only $40!


75th Camp Celebration

Come and join us in celebrating Winding Trails Summer Day Camp's 75th Anniversary! This will be a night of laughs, trivia, drinks and appetizers. There will be a silent auction and sponsorship opportunities. All proceeds will go to the Winding Trails Summer Day Camp. Space is limited so register early! Registration will close on September 6th.


Acoustic Festival

For the past 7 years Winding Trails has been the home of the Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival highlighting national and local acts on the colorful grounds along Dunning Lake each fall. This year's festival will feature Fireside Collective, Twisted Pine, Mari Black, and more local talented musicians to round out the bill. Our boathouse stage will feature some of Connecticut's Best Upcoming Young performers. Come and support tomorrow's superstars as they get a chance to play on the shores of Dunning Lake in front of family and friends! Purchase your tickets before July 15th for the best prices! Kids price tickets are for ages 10-15, kids under 10 are free.


Acoustic Festival - Mari Black Fiddle Workshop

Get Jammin'!: Fiddling for Classical and Other Note-Reading Players

Always wanted to fiddle? Here's your chance! This workshop will be a fun and engaging introduction to fiddling for classical musicians and anyone else who is used to reading notes to make music. Mari will teach several tunes and introduce strategies for bowing, fiddle ornamentation, and learning by ear. Even if you've never tried fiddling before, this workshop will have you hooked and equipped with tunes and skills to keep on jammin'!

The price of the workshop includes a ticket to the festival.


Acoustic Nights

Come and enjoy some great local music at Winding Trails overlooking beautiful Dunning Lake. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the program.


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! Transportation can be provided from our summer day camp buses ($15.00 per week for AM or PM) and campers can attend early and late program ($30.00 per week for either). This program will be run as part of our ACA accredited day camp and CT State Licensed Day Camp.


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. This is a BLENDING LEARNING class, with 7 hours of online work along with in person classes. Online materials will be sent out a week prior to the start of the class. All candidates must be 15 years or older by the end of the last class. Prerequisite: Participants must 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 minute and 49 seconds; and swim 5 yards submerged and retrieve three rings (5 yards apart). This will be assessed on the first day of in-person class. Registration is required one week before the start of class.


American Red Cross Lifeguarding Information Session

Are you 13 or older and thinking about becoming a certified lifeguard? Join us for an information session on what to expect in a lifeguarding course, and what a typical day can look like working as a lifeguard. Registration is required 3 days prior to the start of the session. The same information will be given at each session, so please only sign up for one date.


Animal Adventure Programs

Presented through the Trails Fund. Meet the animals, hear interesting stories and animal facts and meet them up close. Each program session will highlight a different group of animals. This is a fun and unique learning experience to be enjoyed by all. This programs is for members only. Registration closes three days prior to the program date.
Session One: Living Dragons by Riverside Reptiles
Session Two: Animal Athletes by Animal Embassy


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.


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 the Electric Slide, Chicken Dance and other fun dances. Give yourself a night out and join us for an evening at Walton Pond. Registration is required by three days prior to the program, this is a member only event.
Menu: garden salad, baked potato with a variety of toppings, dessert and beverages


Baseball Camp

Strike-in with this great summer program! Participants will learn the fundamentals of baseball including game rules, proper battling technique, pitching, and the various field positions. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, sneakers, baseball glove, and sunscreen. We will provide gloves for those that need them.


Basketball Camp

Participants will have a great time as they work on their passing, ball handling, shooting, and dribbling skills. Newly acquired basketball skills will be put to the test at an end of the week tournament. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers and sunscreen.


Climbing Tower Days

This 2.5-hour program allows you to get onto the climbing tower and enjoy the vertical realm. The climbing tower is 40' high consisting of 4 sides: a 15' beginner wall with incline, a 40' intermediate vertical wall, a 40' advanced wall with incline and over hangs and a 60' x 35' cargo net for the quickest way to the top. Once on top, it time for the ride, a 300' long zip line down Main Street. Registration is required by three days prior to the session date.


Families Exploring Nature

This spring and summer, families with older children will join Miss Judy for a fun Saturday afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an introduction about the day's topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress for the weather with appropriate shoes or boots. Each month, we will be exploring different locations as we discover the many animals and plants that make up Winding Trails' fields, forests, and waterbodies. Learn about animal families and how they take care of their young. Discover how animals use the plants that are around us for food and shelter. Explore water in nature from animals living in the brook to the pond and how water works in nature. Registration is required by 3 days before the date of the event.
Session One: Early Spring Finds
Session Two: What Are Animal Families Doing?
Session Three: How Do Animals Use Plants?
Session Four: Let's Get Exploring Water!


Family Game Night

Bring your family for a game night at Winding Trails! Join us at the Boathouse Pavilion for food, trivia, board games, and much more! Pizza, snacks, dessert and beverages will be included. Don't miss out on the fun! Registration is required three days prior to the program. This is a member only event.


Flag Football Camp

Participants will learn skills on both sides of the ball including the components of passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning, all presented in a fun and positive environment. The week will end with a fun skills showcase to show their newly acquired talents. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers and sunscreen.


Golf Camp

Our golf program focuses on the fundamental skills needed to participate in this sport. Participants learn the proper techniques in holding the clubs as well as footwork and swing mechanics. Players will also learn the basic rules and etiquette of the game. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers and sunscreen.


Intermediate Pickup Pickleball

Calling all Intermediate Pickleball enthusiasts! If you are one the individuals who has caught the pickleball craze you will want to sign up for this new program. Come out and meet new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. We will have an instructor onsite to help with scoring and answering any questions you may have.
Registration is required by three days prior to the start the session.


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. This is a members only program. Due to limited availability, please only register for one session.


Introduction to Pickleball

Interest in Pickleball is surging across the country. If you are new to Pickleball and looking to learn more about the sport, then this program is for you! We will be offering a four week program to help beginners learn all about pickleball. Equipment will be provided. Registration is required by Monday, June 20th


Kid's Tri Series

What child doesn't love to swim, bike, and run? Your child will love these fun kid triathlons thought the summer. Ages 5- to 7-year-olds swim 25-yards, bike a1/2 mile, and run a 1/2 mile. The 8- to 10-year-olds swim 50-yards, bike 1mile, and run a 1/2 mile. Swim is along the shore, where everyone can reach the bottom. Bike and run are done on the peninsula near overflow parking. Come cheer on your family and friends! Do all 3 races and earn a free t-shirt! Preregistration is required three days prior to program.


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. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, mouthpiece, protective gloves, helmet with full mask (or goggles for girls), lacrosse stick and sunscreen. We will provide equipment for those who need it.


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. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, shin guards, and sunscreen. Each child will receive a camp t-shirt.


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.


Little Kids Exploring Nature

This spring and summer, children with their families will join Miss Judy for a fun Saturday morning of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an introduction about the day's topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress for the weather with appropriate shoes or boots. Each month, we will be exploring different locations as we discover the many animals and plants that make up Winding Trails' fields, forests, and waterbodies. Look and listen for early spring season finds. Learn about animal families and how they take care of their young. Discover how animals use the plants that are around us for food and shelter. Explore water in nature from animals living in the brook to the pond and how water works in nature. Registration is required by 3 days before the date of the event.
Session One: Early Spring Finds
Session Two: What Are Animal Families Doing?
Session Three: How Do Animals Use Plants?
Session Four: Let's Get Exploring Water!


Play & Stay Overnight

Who's ready to go camping? You bring the tent, sleeping bags and toiletries and we will do the rest! This program provides you and your family the opportunity to spend some quality time together and make memories your kids will cherish forever while enjoying many activities and camping out at Winding Trails. Activities available will include soccer, basketball, baseball, boating, archery, and a special night hike ending with a campfire and s'mores. A BBQ on Friday night (6:00pm - 7:30pm) and a continental breakfast on Saturday morning (7:30am - 8:30am) are also included.
Please note: the availability of archery and boating are based on certified staff availability and cannot be guaranteed. This is a very popular program so early registration is advised. Registration is required by three days prior to the session date. This is a members only program.


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. This is a members only program. Due to limited availability, please only register for one session.


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! What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, shin guards, and sunscreen.


Tennis Camp

Our tennis program focuses on the fundamental skills needed to participate in this life long sport. Participants will learn the proper techniques of grips, footwork, ground strokes, volleys, overheads, and serves. Players will also learn the basic rules and etiquette of the game. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, sunscreen and tennis racquet. We will provide racquets for those who need them.


Tiny Triathlon Series Weekly Registration

Our truly beginner Tri, consists of 1/8th mile swim, 3-mile ride (hybrid bikes are OK but mountain bike recommended) and a 1+ mile run. It is a great confidence booster for young and old alike. You CAN do this one and work up to the sprint distance. Registration will be required this year; registration will close at 12:00pm each Tuesday.


Tiny Triathlon Series- Series Pass

A Triathlon for beginners! The course has 1/8 mile swim, a 3 mile bike and a 1 mile run. A mountain bike and helmet are required for this race. This pass includes all ten races in the series.


Triathlon Series - Mini Pass (5 Races)

Our weekly triathlon series races consist of a 1/4 mile swim, 4.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile trail run. A mountain bike and helmet are required for the race. This pass includes ANY FIVE races in the series.


Triathlon Series Weekly Registration

The weekly triathlon series runs on Tuesday evenings at Winding Trails. This year's SPRINT distance series will again consist of a 1/4-mile swim in Dunning Lake, a 5-mile mountain bike ride (you must use a mountain bike ~ no hybrids), and a 3 mile trail-run through our beautiful woods. All ability levels are encouraged to come out and train in this friendly and fun environment. Registration will be required this year, registration will close at 12:00pm each Tuesday.


Triathlon Series- Series Pass

Our weekly triathlon series races consist of a 1/4 mile swim, 4.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile trail run. A mountain bike and helmet are required for the race. This pass includes all ten races in the series.


Walk, Talk & Gawk- Adult Nature Walks

Come join Miss Judy for a casual exploration as we walk along some of our many trails. We'll talk about what we see or some nature topics in the news. Sometimes we'll stop to gawk at an interesting find alongside a trail. A different route and topic is planned for each day. Always dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session.
Session One: Early Spring Finds
Session Two: Animal Families
Session Three: Animal & Plant Connections
Session Four: Exploring Water


Youth Adventures Camp

Your camper will spend 2.5 hours a day participating in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning team building skills on our low elements, to learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower. 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

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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.