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


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


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032



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

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! 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.

Adult Luncheon- Witches in Connecticut

Please join us for our fall luncheon as we learn about the harrowing story of the hanging of witches in Colonial New England which continues to haunt our present-day imagination. The trials and executions of witches in Connecticut predated the more famous Salem witch panic by over 40 years. Hear the stories of some of the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches. Learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations long before Salem erupted in panic and violence. A light lunch with be provided. Registration is required by Monday, October 10th.

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, September 30th.

SESSION 2: for anyone holding the certification and needs to be recertified only.

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 Friday, September 9th.

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 10 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, sneakers or SPD compatible shoes, H20, towel and desire! Registration is required by three days before the start of each session.

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 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 ninth 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. Sessions 6-9 will definitely be scarier. Space is limited! Registration is required by Wednesday, October 26th.

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

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 November 30th. Program fee is one non-perishable food item per person to be donated to the local food bank.

Kid's Night Out

Or should we say 'Parents' Night Out'! Drop your child 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 sleeping bag/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 3rd.

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. Come prepared to explore and have fun! Dress for the weather with appropriate shoes or boots. The October walk focuses on how plants change during the fall. The November walk takes us to look for what animals are eating in the Fall to get ready for winter. Registration is required 3 days before the date of the event.

Nature's Open House

Spend a beautiful fall day at Winding Trails. This event is for all ages and generations. Come and see over 90 custom-built fairy and gnome dwellings set along a half-mile stroll through our wooded trails. Did you always want to build fairy houses? We're looking for new village builders in 2022. Contact Mark at for more information. Registration deadline is Friday, September 30th.

Pickleball for Beginners

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!

Pickleball for Intermediate Players

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!

Pilates at the Boathouse Pavilion

Get a great workout and a view of Dunning Lake at our Pilates class under the Boathouse Pavilion. Instructor Lisa McMahon has over 15 years experience teaching Pilates and group exercise classes. You will need to provide your own mat and water bottle. Registration is required by Friday, September 9th.

Tom Turkey Hunt

Tom Turkey Hunt is a family scavenger hunt through our trail system. You and your family will register online and have your first clue and directions emailed to you. From there, you will 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 from Highland Park Market! You will have nine days to come to the park and complete your hunt. Come out with your family and enjoy the park in the fall and visit some places you may never have been before. Deadline for submitting your clues is 10am on Monday, November 28th. Registration is required by November 18th.

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.
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.

Wildlife on Wheels

We are pleased to have The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center return to Winding Trails. Their program entitled "Wildlife on Wheels" will include a 45-minute entertaining and informative presentation highlighting six of their Ambassador animals. These animals may include mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, or arthropods. Which animals will attend will be decided on the day of the program based on weather, travel, and their temperament. There will be time for questions and answers with the zoo staff. This is a free program provided by donations to the Trails Fund. Registration is required by Thursday, September 22nd.



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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.