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


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

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


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032



Adult Drop-In Hockey

Why let the kids have all the fun? If you have played hockey before or have an interest in playing hockey, join us for this recreational "pond" hockey under the lights on Walton Pond. Interested participants are recommended to wear protective gear. Registration is required at least 3 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 at least 3 days to the start of the session.

Citizens Skate Ski Race

After a short hiatus, this event is back on the calendar! Novice to expert, your or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us. This will b a great culmination to our Wednesday evening ski race series. This is a 10k skate skiing event. This event is weather dependent. Day of registration is $30.

Evening Out at Winding Trails

Join us the first and third Wednesday of each month for an evening of conversation and dinner with fellow moms! Children are also welcome- they will enjoy a snack and activities with Winding Trails staff in the Lodge Activity Room, while you enjoy a potluck dinner with other moms in the Lodge Conference Room. Whether you are a new mom, seasoned mom, mom to be, or any other type of mom, you are welcome here! Dinner will be provided by Winding Trails for session one, all other sessions will be potluck sign up. We will email you after registration to coordinate potluck sign ups. Please register each member of your family who will be attending. Program fee is per family.

Evening Ski Tours for Adults

Skiing under the stars! Does this atmosphere sound good to you? If you answered yes, then you’ll want to join us for this unique program. Weather permitting, fellow skiers will gather the 1st Friday of the month for a special guided ski tour of our trail system. The warmth of a roaring fire, light fare and conversation will follow this nocturnal trek. This program is not for beginner skiers. (Weather permitting) Registration is required by noon, Thursday prior to the event.

Explore the Night Walks

Miss Judy invites you to bring your friends and family for a fun night of learning about the great outdoors. The general format includes an inside introduction to the evening program, an outside walk, a warm fire with S’mores or something baked in the fire, a short walk outside to check the night sky, and of course family socializing with other night explorers. Dress in layers for the weather conditions that day – it can get very cold on these winter nights.
Because of unknown winter conditions, the Winter Exploration outside walk format will vary based on snow and ice conditions during January and February. Hopefully we can include some snowshoeing and ice skating each evening. In March, we will explore the wetlands and forest for sounds of spring peepers and wood frogs. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event.

Family Breakfast and Egg Hunt with Peter Rabbit

Join us and Peter Rabbit for a scrumptious breakfast of pancakes,
bacon, sausage, cereal, juice and other assorted breakfast goodies. After you have enjoyed your wonderful breakfast, your entire family will be delighted as they scramble for all the holiday goodies scattered about in the egg hunt! We have plenty of treasures and treats for all. In addition to the candy and toys, every family will receive one golden egg with a special prize inside! Don’t forget your goodie bag/basket to hold all your findings. Members only. Registration early, this program will fill fast!

Free Member Cross Country Ski Lesson

There are still members who have never been out on skis, so for those of you who have never tried, but would like to, we invite you to come out for a 1 hour free group lesson. There is a fee for rental equipment. Space is limited. This program will be held weather permitting. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program.
Fees for rental equipment are $17 for adults, $12 for kids and can be paid at the event.

Kid's Night Out

This is the ultimate night out for any kid! Tons of games, pizza, 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 parents plan your night out and send the kids here for theirs. Head on over to the Trails for a night out that you will never forget. Sorry, parents not allowed! Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor (weather dependent) and indoor play as well as provide a sleeping bag/blanket and pillow for the movie. Registration is required by 3 days prior.

Learn to Skate Clinic - 6-9 yr olds

Your 6 thru 9 year olds can begin to learn the sport of skating. This fun based 4-session class will involve getting your children up and around on skates. The basics of forward and backward skating, turning, and stopping will be covered. Children must have their own skates or rent. (If you need to rent skates please call ahead to arrange for them.) Single blade skates only please, and don’t forget to have them sharpened! Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Walton Pond warming hut. Weather permitting. Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session.

Nature's Secrets on the Weekend

This winter join Miss Judy for a fun weekend afternoon of learning something new about the great outdoors. The program format is an indoor introduction about the day's topic followed by a hands-on outdoor activity to try out what you learned. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable for the indoor introduction and be warm enough for the outdoor activity.
These programs will be based on the weather and what is happening nature wise on property. Come prepared to explore and have fun! If we have snow, we will be tracking or building snow forts. If we have safe ice, we will be ice fishing or checking on wood duck boxes. If we have neither, we will explore the forest. We also hope to hold at least one program on maple sugaring. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event.

Spring Luncheon- Birds of Winding Trails

Join us for an early spring luncheon and enjoy the company of your fellow members. We will begin with a presentation on birds by our very own Park Naturalist, Judy Witzke. Bears have made a huge comeback right here in the Farmington Valley. Learn what birds have been seen on property along with some fun facts. Lunch will follow the presentation. Registration is required by 3 days prior.

Wednesday Night Cross Country Skiing for Adults

Novice to expert, young or old, all ski enthusiasts are encouraged to join us on Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, for an evening of skiing. You have the option of racing others, racing for personal time, or simply skiing for your own fitness. The ski center will be open for your convenience. Rentals will also be available. Registration is required
by noon on Tuesday.

Wine & Waxing

Have you ever wished that you could wax you own skis? Did you know that all skis needed to be waxed, even waxless skis? In this program our staff will walk you through the process of waxing your skis while enjoying some wine and a fire. We will talk about glide wax and kick wax as well as answer any questions that you may have about general upkeep of your skis. Registration is required by noon, Thursday prior to event.



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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.