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.
Learn the sport of cross country skiing. This fun based 6-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis, poles and boots will be provided. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center weather permitting. Registration is required by 3 days prior.
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.
The Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) Program offers a free in-depth ice fishing class that introduces you to the wonders of water, fish and fishing during the winter. Miss Judy and other state certified volunteer instructors will pass along the knowledge they have learned through years of angling. The morning class includes a video, hands-on demonstrations with equipment how to stay safe on the ice, and additional activities that will teach and entertain youths and adults alike. If ice conditions are safe, outside ice fishing practice will be offered and all equipment is provided for your use. It is very important to dress in layers for the weather conditions and to wear boots for the afternoon practice – no sneakers are allowed. Please register by Monday, January 15th. Schedule for the day: 9:30am-11:30am Indoor class, 11:30am-12:00pm lunch (bring your own), 12:00pm-3:00pm Outdoor practice, if ice is safe.
Looking to try a new challenge? This event will test your winter skills. Join us for a 2K run, followed by a 2K snowshoe, and a 2K classic ski. There are plenty of ski rentals and limited number of snowshoe rentals. First come, first serve. Day of registration is $30.00. Registration opens at 7:00am, race starts at 8:00am
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.
Join us for this wintry mix on our summer movie series. Bring the whole family out for a great dinner served up in front of our big screen movie. A dinner of ziti with red sauce, meatballs, cheesy garlic bread, and salad will be served up family style. Dessert and beverages are also included. Reserve your seats today as seating is limited to only 80 persons. Tables of six will be filled from front to rear of theatre in order of registration. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program Movie: Mary Poppins
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.
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.
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.
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!
Join us on Walton Pond for an evening of family fun under the lights. There will be a hockey shoot out and skating games for all ages. Or just come out to enjoy a night on the ice with music, a roaring fire, hot chocolate, hotdogs, and more. This program will be held weather permitting. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program.
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.
Join us for an evening of exploration about everything that Winding Trails has to offer you. Learn how to get the most out of your membership and find out about all of the great opportunities that await you. You will learn about our history, our future, how monies are spent, program registration, guest policies, special events and programs, summer day camp, our cross country ski center, and much more. Meet some of the park's key staff members and ask any questions you may have. This is a great orientation event for any new member or just a great opportunity for returning members to learn more about the facility. There is no fee for this event and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required at least 3 days prior to the start of the program.
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.
Your 4 and 5 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.
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.
Come for a cross country ski program and stay for lunch. If you have never cross country skied or need a refresher this is a great program for you. This program includes rental equipment, a lesson, and lunch. Space is limited and program is held weather permitting. Lunch will be provided from our snack bar. Registration is required by 3 days prior.
Your 4 and 5 year olds can begin to learn the sport of cross country skiing. This fun based 5-session class will be a group cross-country ski lesson specially designed for kids. Your child will learn the basics of cross-country skiing on level terrain and become familiar with the snow. Skis and boots will be provided. Helmets must be worn. Classes meet at Garmany Hall Ski Center. Weather permitting. Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session. No class on MLK day, 1/15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join the fun! This 5-session program is designed for your 4 - 5 year olds. Each week your child will spend 45 minutes doing a variety of activities such as the outdoor bouldering wall, snow fort building, cross country skiing, ice skating or tubing as well as participating in team building activities and other winter themed programs. (Activity choice will depend on weather). Registration is required by 3 days prior to start of session.
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.