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 Trail Ride & Training

Come and ride the beautiful trails at Winding Trails. Find the best routes and improve your technique. You will work on steep uphill and downhill techniques, drop offs, cornering, and interval training tips. All while having a BLAST! Bring your questions and helmet. Mountain bikes only, no hybrids. Clipless pedals are recommended and helmets are mandatory. A basic level of fitness is needed. Instructor Jimena Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event.



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 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.


American Red Cross Basic Life Support Training

American Red Cross BLS training classes can help you safely and effectively respond to medical emergencies in our community. By blending reading and lecture with hands on experience, our Basic Life Support training allows you to learn new techniques and sharpen your skills so you can deliver care to those in need and help improve patient outcomes. Available for individuals and teams, our BLS courses are modular and flexible and can help you meet your organization's standards for care. This is a blended learning class, with an online requirement before the class starts. A processing fee to the Red Cross is required when registering for the online portion. Registration is required five days prior to the start of the program.


American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Training

This adult & pediatric first aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies, and how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies to help victims of any age- adults and pediatrics. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years. This blended learning class, with an online requirement before the class starts. A processing fee to the Red Cross is required when registering for the online portion. Registration is required five days prior to the start of the program.


Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers

Come join us for a fun filled creative class that will stir your preschooler's imaginations. Every week your child will enjoy an hour of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Registration is required by 3 days to the start of the session.


Beginner Stained Glass Class

Have you ever admired the art of stained glass and wondered how it's done? Well here is your opportunity to learn how to create beautiful stained-glass projects. You will learn how to cut glass, work with copper foil and solder. You will also become familiar with different types of glass and the tools needed to complete a successful project. An equipment sheet will be given out in the first class. Registration is required 3 days prior to the start of the first class.


Bugs Alive!

We are pleased to have Harris in Wonderland return this fall to present a fascinating program about bugs! Get ready to meet some truly unique creatures from the animal world. So many insects are hard at work every day dutifully performing every job imaginable. It's about time we recognize their efforts and meet some of these interesting spiders, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, cockroaches, giant stick insects, and other bugs face to face to find out exactly what it is that they are doing out there! This program is provided free of charge thanks to proceeds donated to the Trails Fund. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the event.


Climbing Tower Days

This is a 2.5-hour program introducing 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 30'-35' intermediate vertical wall, a 30'-35' 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 3 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 August 12th.


Explore the Night Walks

Get outside on Saturday evenings with Miss Judy, Winding Trails' naturalist, for an educational walk that includes some 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 about the night findings. Once 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 with walking shoes, clothes for the weather. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes for night viewing; and red light flashlights, so we can see as we walk and not disturb the wildlife. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


Fall Evening Indoor Cycling/Spinning

Looking for a great cardio workout? Spinning offers the calorie burning, energy enhancing, stress decreasing, overall workout that is easy on the joints. This is a 12 week program that will help you stay or get in shape. Indoor cycling allows you the opportunity to work hard and have fun while you spin to your favorite tunes. You provide comfortable workout attires, sneaks, H20, towel and desire! Instructor: Dave Capello


Fall Morning Indoor Cycling/Spinning

Looking for a great cardio workout? Spinning offers the calorie burning, energy enhancing, stress decreasing overall workout that is easy on the joints. This is a 12-week program that will be sure to help you stay in or get into shape. Indoor cycling allows you the opportunity to work hard and have fun while you spin to your favorite tunes. You provide comfortable workout attire, sneakers or SPD compatible shoes, H2O, towel and desire.
Instructor: Jimena Florit Dolzadelli



Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival

Come and enjoy over twenty of the finest local and national touring acts in the beautiful woods of Winding Trails in Farmington, CT. There will be three stages playing simultaneously giving you the opportunity to hear a multitude of musicians among the fall foliage. There will also be a song contest, vocal, and songwriting workshops. There will be Free Beer sampling from local breweries along with food for sale. You also have the option of BYOB and food. These events will be held rain or shine.
Gates open at 10am. Please note that tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. Winding Trails members will receive a $2 discount.
Sorry No Pets Allowed.
More information can be found on our special events page and click on the Acoustic Festival page.


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!


Haunted Trails

Calling all goblins, ghosts, and witches! Come join Winding Trails for the third annual Haunted Trails! Enjoy a 15 minute haunted hay ride in the trails. There will also be Halloween crafts, games, pumpkins to carve (until 6:30), a movie and some light refreshments in Garmany Hall. Please make sure you sign up for one session, and arrive a little before the start time. Sessions 1-5 will be in the daylight, for those that would not like to ride in the dark. Space is limited! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.

If you would like to volunteer to be a part of our Haunted Trails Scare Team, please call Bailey at 860-677-8458 ext. 11


Kid's Night Out

This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of fun games & crafts, a giant pizza party, an ice cream sundae bar, a big screen movie, and endless amounts of fun await you here at the Trails. This program has evolved into a very popular kid's event and space fills up quickly. So parent's, plan your night out and send the kid's here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parent's not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


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. Instructor Jimena Dolzadelli is a two time Olympian, and four time NORBA Champion. Registration is required by three days prior to event.


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 Feet Soccer

A soccer program for boys and girls, ages 4 & 5, will provide instruction in the fundamentals of the game of soccer. Skills and exercises will be presented with the emphasis on FUN! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


Nature On Foot

Discover the wonder of observing nature in real time. Explore different waterways as we locate frogs, turtles, and other aquatic animals. Wandering the forest and field checking on the squirrels, birds, and other land animals. Learn some life skills such as fishing and fire building. Relax with kayaking and swimming. Each day involves hands-on activities and experiments. During 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!


Nature's Open House

Sponsored by the Alexander P. Franklin Foundation

Nature's Open House is a walking tour of 80+ fairy and gnome dwellings set along a three-quarter mile stroll through our wooded trails. After being inspired by the tour, you are ready to build your own fairy house in the permanent Winding Trails Fairy House Village. Using only natural material, you are free to create a place that is interesting, fun, cozy, inviting, and uniquely yours. Tickets are $5.00 per person.
Please note: Tickets purchased the day of the event will cost $8.


Saturday Afternoon Family Nature Walks

Join Miss Judy, Winding Trails naturalist, for an afternoon family nature walk once a month that will explore a different topic and location appropriate for the changing fall season. Some walks will travel to a location where an activity will be held while other walks will observe seasonal wildlife and participate in activities during the walk. These informal programs are for all ages, so come prepared with good walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


Saturday Morning Families with Young Children Walks

This program is for an adult with their child or children to explore different aspects of nature and seasons with Miss Judy, the Winding Trails' naturalist. Dress with good walking shoes and choose clothes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather so we can explore rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


Senior Luncheon & Concert

Come and enjoy a late summer BBQ at our beautiful Boathouse Pavilion and enjoy the soothing sounds of our very owns staff member, Thea. Thea has a beautiful voice and will be sure to provide music that will relax and entertain you. Registration is required by September 9th.


Soccer for 3 Year Olds

A soccer program for boys and girls will provide very basic instruction in the fundamentals of the game of soccer. Skills and exercise will be presented with the emphasis on FUN! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


Stream Bugs & Pond Critters

Discover the fascinating underwater life of the watershed with the Farmington River Watershed Association as we explore the Walton Pond and Poplar Swamp Brook at beautiful Winding Trails. Spend the morning pond-side and wading in the brook to observe, identify and marvel at the life histories and ecology of insects and other creatures that inhabit still and flowing waters. Learn how and why we use aquatic insects in our watershed-wide water quality monitoring.
We will provide nets, buckets and expertise. We meet at Nature's Porch and will go outdoors rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear to wade into shallow water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the session.


Tom Turkey Hunt

Try your luck and skill in this annual Thanksgiving event. You and your entire family will follow clues around our very own trail system in hopes of being the quickest to find our fleeing fowl. We will have two divisions. Session one for those up for a challenging trail run and session two for those looking for a nice walk in the woods. Please choose which division best suits your family as Tom Turkey will be watching! The winning family will leave with a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner! Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.

**Please note: Session One is the fast-paced hunt and Session Two is the walking hunt.


Trail Running Series

Do you love our weekly Tri Series? Why not continue Tuesday evenings at Winding Trails with out new Trail Running Series! For 5 weeks on Tuesday nights, there will be a short course (5k) and a long course (10k) race. Awards will be given out at the final race. The top three overall in each age group (male and female on each course) will be recognized. Receive a t-shirt when you purchase a series pass! Online registration is for season passes ONLY. One day registration will only be available on site before the race begins. Season passes can also be purchased on race day. Registration opens at 5pm on race day.


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.


WT Little Brooke Trail Runners Club

This club is ideal for all running abilities. From novice to well-seasoned trail runners. This program will teach you how to build up your stamina on the trails and eventually run longer and more comfortably. Running trails are easier on the joints and works all muscle groups all while building up your cardio fitness. For the beginner, you will learn how to navigate the trails and have fun. This club is about having fun, enjoying nature, meeting new trail runners, building friendships, and finding a new kind of running. Each week you will learn a new skill on how to better your running. All abilities welcomed, no special equipment required. We run in all kinds of weather. Instructor: Keith Meyer Sessions 1 & 3 are for beginners, sessions 2 & 4 are for experienced runners.


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.