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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

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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

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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.

Acoustic Festival

The 6th Annual Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival is coming on Saturday, October 16th. Set along the beautiful shores of Dunning Lake, there will be lots of great music and a beer garden at the beach featuring free beer from local breweries. The festival headliner is Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, a powerhouse acoustic duo that has electrified the acoustic music scene. Known for their white-hot picking, stone country vocals with soul and world class live musicianship, Ickes and Hensley meld together blues, bluegrass, country, rock and other string band music of all kinds to form a signature blend of music that defies restrictions of genre. They are equally at home on stages of prestigious performing arts centers, theatres and the Grand Ole Opry as they are on Americana, jamgrass, bluegrass and jam band festivals.

The festival also features regional act Low Lily. This Vermont based group has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering two #1 songs on international folk radio and two Independent Music Award wins. In addition, award-winning songwriters from local and national acts will be performing such as High Tea, Tracy Walton Band, Steve Rogers, Soupeater, and more. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. No day of tickets will be sold. Sorry no pets allowed.


Adult Luncheon- Spooky Tales from Hill and Valley

Come and join historian Dennis Picard as he shares vintage stores for your grandparent's fireplace composed of legends and ghost stories from New England. Mr. Picard has decades of experience working in period museums such as Old Sturbridge Village, Hancock Shaker Village, Storrowton at the Big E, and others. A light lunch with be provided. Registration is required by Monday, October 18th.


American Red Cross Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid Training

The Adult and 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 people of any age. Students who successfully complete this course will receive certification that is valid for two years. This is a blended learning class, with an online requirement to be completed before the in-person class begins. A processing fee to the Red Cross is required when registering for the online portion (this is separate from the class fee listed here). Registration is required by Friday, October 1st.


Archery Lessons

Come learn the techniques and skills needed to become a great marksman and try out this challenging and exciting sport. Participants must be at least seven years of age. All classes will meet at the range, near Walton Pond. Necessary equipment will be provided. Registration is required by September 10th.


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.


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!


Families Exploring Nature

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. The September walk will discover what animals are migrating in the fall and where they are going. The October walk focuses on fall leaves leaning about their colors and why they fall off. The November walk takes us to look for what animals are eating in the Fall to get ready for winter. Come prepared to explore and have fun! Look forward to an exciting Autumn season! Registration is required 3 days before the date of the even.


Haunted Trails

Calling all zombies, monsters, and witches! Come join Winding Trails for the eighth annual Haunted Trails! Enjoy a 15 minute haunted hay ride through our trail system. There will also be Halloween crafts, games, pumpkins to carve, a campfire and some light refreshments in Garmany Hall. Please make sure you sign up for one session, and arrive a at least ten minutes before your 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 October 21st.

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


Holiday Open House New Registration

Winding Trails and the Exchange Club of Farmington once again sponsor this popular holiday event. For over thirty years, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit their winter cottage at Winding Trails and give all the children a chance to put in their holiday requests. Bring the entire family out to visit and enjoy the holiday season. While waiting to see Santa, visit with some of Santa's animals, decorate holiday cookies, make crafts, and take a ride on our tractor drawn hayride. There will also be a special holiday magic show every hour. This program is open to Winding Trails members and Farmington residents only. Registration is required by December 2nd. Program fee is one non-perishable food item per person to be donated to the local food bank.


Kid's Night Out

Maybe we should call this program 'Parents' Night Out'! Drop your children at Winding Trails and enjoy a night out on your own. Kids will be well supervised and enjoy fun games, crafts, a pizza party, an ice cream sundae bar and a big screen movie. This program has become a very popular one and space fills up quickly. Please bring clothing that is appropriate for outdoor and indoor play as well as a blanket and pillow for the movie! Registration is required by three days prior to the date of the program.


Kids Mountain Bike Club

Calling all kids ready to have some bicycling fun on the trails! This club is intended to have fun, sharpen our mountain biking skills and most importantly make some new friends! Mountain bikes only, helmet mandatory. This club is not intended for beginner riders. Participants must bring a helmet and bike. Registration is required by October 9th.


Little Feet Soccer

This 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! Session one will not have class on Columbus Day. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


Little Kids Exploring Nature

This fall young children 6 years old and under 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. The September walk will discover what animals are migrating in the fall and where they are going. The October walk focuses on fall leaves leaning about their colors and why they fall off. The November walk takes us to look for what animals are eating in the Fall to get ready for winter. Come prepared to explore and have fun! Look forward to an exciting Autumn season! Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event.


Nature's Open House

Sponsored by the Alexander P. Franklin Foundation Join us for the 12th annual Nature's Open House to support the Trails Fund at Winding Trails. This magical event combines the beauty of nature with the artistic creative talents of fairy house builders. Bring the whole family and tour over 60 fairy houses along scenic woodland trails. At the end of the tour, you can even build your own! Readings of the award winning Fairy House Series books will be done and food will be available for purchase. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance- no day of ticket sales will be available.


Never Stop Learning

This fall continues the series of programs for adult life learners that enjoy getting out and about. Join Miss Judy for an interesting Tuesday morning of learning something new about the great outdoors with some historical or current event information added in. The program format changes based on the topic. It could include exploring trails and shorelines throughout the property so dress for the weather with appropriate boots or shoes. Or it can involve a hands-on activity that is shared together. The September program will cover what occurs during Hawk Watch. In October, the program will focus on the colors found in fall foliage. November will talk about the science of a fireplace and how it can be used. Registration is required 3 days before the start of the event.


Pilates at the Boathouse Pavilion

Come enjoy a Pilates class under the Boathouse Pavilion overlooking Dunning Lake. Instructor Lisa McMahon has been teaching Pilates and group exercise classes for for 14 years throughout the Farmington Valley. She has also been a licensed Physical therapist for the last 19 years. You will need to provide your own mat and water bottle. Registration is required by Friday, September 10th


Riverside Reptiles

Winding Trails is pleased to have Riverside Reptiles returning with a totally new program: Senses & Defenses. In this program you will learn about how some animals use camouflage to hide or mimic something else. Other animals have venom, stingers, or claws to protect themselves. Learn how important animal senses are and how each animal defends itself from predators. This is a free program provided by donations made to the Trails Fund. Registration is required by Thursday, September 16th.


Rollin' at the Trails

Those of us on the older side can remember roller skate nights. That may be decades ago, but they are making a comeback! We are inviting the young and old alike to join us for an evening of music and fun on our Sportsplex. Grab your roller-skates or inline skates and enjoy your favorite tunes as we roll, dance, and enjoy the beautiful fall at Winding Trails. Registration is required by Thursday, September 30th.


Soccer for 3 Year Olds

This 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! Session one will not have class on Columbus Day. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of the program.


Tom Turkey Hunt

Our annual Tom Turkey Hunt is changing with the times! This year's hunt will be a combination of virtual and physical. You and your family will register online and have your first clue and directions emailed to you once registration closes. From there, you will come to the park and follow the clues around our trail system to find your next clues. Once you complete the hunt, email us the answers to all the clues and you will be registered to win a gift certificate to Highland Park Market! You will have nine days to come to the park and complete your hunt. Come out and enjoy a crisp fall day with your family. Deadline for submitting your clues is 10am on Monday, November 29th. Registration is required by Thursday, November 18th.


Trail Running Series- Series Pass

Do you love our weekly Tri Series? Why not continue Tuesday evenings with our popular trail running series which is returning for a fourth year! For 5 weeks on Tuesday nights, there will be a 5K course a longer 10K course. This course "winds" through our trails system with a combination of single track, hills, and open trails. Awards will be given out at the series finale. The top three overall for male and female, on each course will be recognized. Online registration will be required. We recommend purchasing a season pass, as participant slots will be filled with season pass holders first
Non-Member Registration will open up on August 3rd. Non-Member Series Passes will be $80.00


Trail Running Series- Weekly Registration

Do you love our weekly Tri Series? Why not continue Tuesday evenings with our popular trail running series which is returning for a fourth year! For 5 weeks on Tuesday nights, there will be a 5K course a longer 10K course. This course "winds" through our trails system with a combination of single track, hills, and open trails. Awards will be given out at the series finale. The top three overall in each age group, male and female, on each course will be recognized. Online registration will be required. We recommend purchasing a season pass, as participant slots will be filled with season pass holders first.
Weekly Registration will open up the Thursday before race day and close at 12:00pm on the 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.

 

 

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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.