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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.

75th Camp Celebration

Come and join us in celebrating Winding Trails Summer Day Camp's 75th Anniversary! This will be a night of laughs, trivia, drinks and appetizers. There will be a silent auction and sponsorship opportunities. All proceeds will go to the Winding Trails Summer Day Camp. Space is limited so register early! Registration will close on September 12th.


Acoustic Nights

Come and enjoy some great local music at Winding Trails overlooking beautiful Dunning Lake. This series will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. Each evening will showcase three performers. These programs will be held rain or shine. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the program.


After School Adventures

Your child will spend time participating in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower, consisting of 4 sides; a 15' beginner wall, a 35' intermediate wall, a 35' advanced wall and the fourth side is a 60' x 35' cargo net. Participants may also have the opportunity to spend some time on our high ropes course where they would walk across cable bridges, climb up ropes, climb through tires, maneuver around logs, climb up, in and over a canoe, negotiate a giant's ladder, swing from 50 feet, and jump into the abyss. Through this, your child has the opportunity to overcome personal fears and develop new self-confidence and trust. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session.


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 can be provided from our summer day camp buses ($15.00 per week for AM or PM) and campers can attend early and late program ($30.00 per week for either). This program will be run as part of our ACA accredited day camp and CT State Licensed Day Camp.


American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course

Would you like to become a certified lifeguard? Participants who successfully complete the course will be certified in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Training and Waterfront Training. This is a BLENDING LEARNING class, with 7 hours of online work along with in person classes. Online materials will be sent out a week prior to the start of the class. All candidates must be 15 years or older by the end of the last class. Prerequisite: Participants must able to swim 550 yards continuously using only front crawl with rhythmic breathing and breaststroke; tread water for 2 minutes using legs only; swim 20 yards pick up brick and swim back with brick within 1 minute and 49 seconds; and swim 5 yards submerged and retrieve three rings (5 yards apart). This will be assessed on the first day of in-person class. Registration is required one week before the start of class.


American Red Cross Lifeguarding Information Session

Are you 13 or older and thinking about becoming a certified lifeguard? Join us for an information session on what to expect in a lifeguarding course, and what a typical day can look like working as a lifeguard. Registration is required 3 days prior to the start of the session. The same information will be given at each session, so please only sign up for one date.


Animal Adventure Programs

Presented through the Trails Fund. Meet the animals, hear interesting stories and animal facts and meet them up close. Each program session will highlight a different group of animals. This is a fun and unique learning experience to be enjoyed by all. This programs is for members only. Registration closes three days prior to the program date.
Session One: Living Dragons by Riverside Reptiles
Session Two: Animal Athletes by Animal Embassy


Archery Lessons

Bullseye! But can you do that twice? You can after learning the techniques and skills of a great marksman. Come try this challenging and exciting sport. Candidates must be at least seven years of age. All classes will meet at the Archery Range near Walton Pond. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session. This is a members only class.


Arts & Crafts for Preschoolers

Come join us for a fun filled creative class that will stir your preschooler's imagination. Every week your child will enjoy 45 minutes of creative arts and crafts projects that they will be able to take home and show off to the entire family. Registration is required three days prior to the start of each session.


Baked Potato Fest

Winding Trails will once again be presenting the popular Baked Potato Fest. Bring the family and create your own luscious version of these meal-sized baked potatoes and join in the fun of dancing the Electric Slide, Chicken Dance and other fun dances. Give yourself a night out and join us for an evening at Walton Pond. Registration is required by three days prior to the program, this is a member only event.
Menu: garden salad, baked potato with a variety of toppings, dessert and beverages


Baseball Camp

Strike-in with this great summer program! Participants will learn the fundamentals of baseball including game rules, proper battling technique, pitching, and the various field positions. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, sneakers, baseball glove, and sunscreen. We will provide gloves for those that need them.


Basketball Camp

Participants will have a great time as they work on their passing, ball handling, shooting, and dribbling skills. Newly acquired basketball skills will be put to the test at an end of the week tournament. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers and sunscreen.


Birdwatching: Seasonal Events

Join Blair Wlochowski, Winding Trails' bird volunteer, as we explore the Winding Trails' property to discover what birds are found here during the changing seasons. Learn tips on how to enhance your birding skills and work on your Bird Life List. The walks will travel through many habitat areas, so a good variety of birds are expected to be seen. Dress for the weather and wear a good pair of walking shoes. Registration is required by three days prior to the start of the program.
Session One: Spring Migration
Session Two: Summer Breeding


C.A.R.E. Introduction to Fishing

Have you or someone you know always wanted to learn how to fish? Well, this year we have a new learning experience to get you outdoors and fishing. The CT DEEP Fisheries Division offers an online ZOOM class to learn all about fishing while in the comfort of your home. After the ZOOM class, you come to an in-person program for personalized instruction with a Certified Fishing instructor that has years of fishing experience. We will cover all the basic fishing skills from how to set up a fishing rod, casting practice, and putting that line into the water to catching your first fish at Walton Pond to start a lifetime of fishing with family and friends. Upon registration for this program, a set of ZOOM dates will be sent to you. Choose the one that fits into your at-home schedule to complete the first step of learning. Then come to Walton Pond on April 30th to complete the hands-on portion of this program and begin your lifetime of fishing. Please register by Monday, April 25th. This program is for members only.


Campus Tour

Are you a new member and not quite sure where everything is? Then this extensive tour of the park is just for you. Learn about the history of Winding Trails, where all the facilities are, and where the "special" spots can be found. Dress appropriately for weather and walking. Registration is required by Thursday, May 19th. This program is for members only.


Climbing Tower Days

This 2.5-hour program allows you to get onto the climbing tower and enjoy the vertical realm. The climbing tower is 40' high consisting of 4 sides: a 15' beginner wall with incline, a 40' intermediate vertical wall, a 40' advanced wall with incline and over hangs and a 60' x 35' cargo net for the quickest way to the top. Once on top, it time for the ride, a 300' long zip line down Main Street. Registration is required by three days prior to the session date.


Drive fore Camp Golf Tournament- Foursome Registration

Join us at Tunxis Plantation Country Club for a great day of golf, games, food and fun to raise money for our Campership Fund. Play as a foursome or as a single and complete someone else's team. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf (scramble format), a cart, lunch, dinner, games and more. Registration begins at 10:30am followed by a shotgun start at 11:30am. All proceeds will go to our Campership Fund. Help us make happy campers!


Drive fore Camp Golf Tournament- Single Registration

Join us at Tunxis Plantation Country Club for a great day of golf, games, food and fun to raise money for our Campership Fund. Play as a foursome or as a single and complete someone else's team. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf (scramble format), a cart, lunch, dinner, games and more. Registration begins at 10:30am followed by a shotgun start at 11:30pm. All proceeds will go to our Campership Fund. Help us make happy campers!


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 sure help you stay 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. Registration is required by 3 days prior to the start of each session.


Families Exploring Nature

This spring and summer, 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. Each month, we will be exploring different locations as we discover the many animals and plants that make up Winding Trails' fields, forests, and waterbodies. Learn about animal families and how they take care of their young. Discover how animals use the plants that are around us for food and shelter. Explore water in nature from animals living in the brook to the pond and how water works in nature. Registration is required by 3 days before the date of the event.
Session One: Early Spring Finds
Session Two: What Are Animal Families Doing?
Session Three: How Do Animals Use Plants?
Session Four: Let's Get Exploring Water!


Family Game Night

Bring your family for a game night at Winding Trails! Join us at the Boathouse Pavilion for food, trivia, board games, and much more! Pizza, snacks, dessert and beverages will be included. Don't miss out on the fun! Registration is required three days prior to the program. This is a member only event.


Flag Football Camp

Participants will learn skills on both sides of the ball including the components of passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning, all presented in a fun and positive environment. The week will end with a fun skills showcase to show their newly acquired talents. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers and sunscreen.


Golf Camp

Our golf program focuses on the fundamental skills needed to participate in this sport. Participants learn the proper techniques in holding the clubs as well as footwork and swing mechanics. Players will also learn the basic rules and etiquette of the game. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers and sunscreen.


Introduction to Boats

This class will provide instruction in the basics of our watercrafts including canoes & kayaks. Students will also learn some basic water safety skills. Skills and exercises will be presented with the emphasis on FUN! Registration is required at least three days prior to the start of each session. This is a members only program. Due to limited availability, please only register for one session.


Introduction to Pickleball

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 by Thursday, May 12th.


Kid's 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 May 13th. NO CLASS on Memorial Day, May 30th.


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.


Kid's Tri Series

What child doesn't love to swim, bike, and run? Your child will love these fun kid triathlons thought the summer. Ages 5- to 7-year-olds swim 25-yards, bike a1/2 mile, and run a 1/2 mile. The 8- to 10-year-olds swim 50-yards, bike 1mile, and run a 1/2 mile. Swim is along the shore, where everyone can reach the bottom. Bike and run are done on the peninsula near overflow parking. Come cheer on your family and friends! Do all 3 races and earn a free t-shirt! Preregistration is required three days prior to program.


Lacrosse Camp

Suit up and find out why lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Lacrosse combines the basic skills used in soccer, basketball and hockey into one fast-paced, high-scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting in a fun, non-checking environment. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, mouthpiece, protective gloves, helmet with full mask (or goggles for girls), lacrosse stick and sunscreen. We will provide equipment for those who need it.


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. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, shin guards, and sunscreen. Each child will receive a camp t-shirt.


Little Adventurers

Join the fun! This program is designed for your 4 and 5 year olds. Each week your child will be learning and practicing their skills participating in outdoor adventure activities. Skills such as balance and coordination will be presented with the emphasis on FUN! Registration is required by three days prior to the start of each session.


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 exercise will be presented with the emphasis on FUN! Registration is required three days prior to the start of each session.


Little Feet Sports

This program is designed for children ages 5-6 years old. Basketball, soccer, tee-ball and tennis will all be included in this 5 day, 1 1/2 hour program. The program will focus on teaching the very basic beginner skills of each sport and will have a big emphasis on having fun.


Little Kids Exploring Nature

This spring and summer, children 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. Each month, we will be exploring different locations as we discover the many animals and plants that make up Winding Trails' fields, forests, and waterbodies. Look and listen for early spring season finds. Learn about animal families and how they take care of their young. Discover how animals use the plants that are around us for food and shelter. Explore water in nature from animals living in the brook to the pond and how water works in nature. Registration is required by 3 days before the date of the event.
Session One: Early Spring Finds
Session Two: What Are Animal Families Doing?
Session Three: How Do Animals Use Plants?
Session Four: Let's Get Exploring Water!


Natural Lawn Care

The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) and Winding Trails are teaming up for this timely workshop. Aimee Petras, Program Director at the FRWA, will present this program that covers how to manage your lawn without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Aimee will outline the steps you need to take including mowing techniques to manage weeds. Additionally, we'll delve into common lawn problems such as grubs and thatch. After the program, there will be time for a question and answer period. Prior to the program, test your soil via the UConn soil testing lab (http://soiltest.uconn.edu/sampling,php) and bring your results so we can customize a lawn care plan for your specific needs.
Registration is required by April 25th


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, April 15th


Play & Stay Overnight

Who's ready to go camping? You bring the tent, sleeping bags and toiletries and we will do the rest! This program provides you and your family the opportunity to spend some quality time together and make memories your kids will cherish forever while enjoying many activities and camping out at Winding Trails. Activities available will include soccer, basketball, baseball, boating, archery, and a special night hike ending with a campfire and s'mores. A BBQ on Friday night (6:00pm - 7:30pm) and a continental breakfast on Saturday morning (7:30am - 8:30am) are also included.
Please note: the availability of archery and boating are based on certified staff availability and cannot be guaranteed. This is a very popular program so early registration is advised. Registration is required by three days prior to the session date. This is a members only program.


Sailing Class

Sailing classes will be offered on beautiful Dunning Lake. Learn the parts of a sunfish along with set up procedures, basic maneuvering, tacks, jibes, capsizing and safe boating practices. All sailing is two or three people per sunfish. Registration is required at least three days prior to the start of each session. This is a members only program. Due to limited availability, please only register for one session.


Soccer Camp

Shoot and score with our new soccer camp. Participants will learn the fundamentals of soccer including game rules, dribbling and shooting techniques, as well as the proper positions on the field. The program will be a mix of drills and fun games with the intent of getting ready for a full field game on the last day of camp. The main emphasis will be on having fun while playing the world's game! What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, shin guards, and sunscreen.


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 three days prior to the start of each session.


Spring Adult Luncheon- Wildlife Images for the Backyard to Around the World

Join local award-winning wildlife photographer Sean Crane as he shares photos from around the world and right here in his backyard in Farmington. Sean's photography has appeared in magazines like Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Natural History Magazine, and more. His work has received awards from National Geographic, the Sierra Club, the BBC, the Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and others. A lunch will follow the presentation. Registration is required by Monday, May 9th.


Summer Kick Off

Start the summer off sizzling. Enjoy a summer cookout and the sounds of summer provided by our DJ. Join in on our family activities including boating on Walton Pond, lawn games, music and more. Registration is required three days prior to the event. This is a member only event.
Menu: Hot dogs, hamburgers, mixed vegetables, potato salad, fruit salad, dessert and beverages


Tennis Camp

Our tennis program focuses on the fundamental skills needed to participate in this life long sport. Participants will learn the proper techniques of grips, footwork, ground strokes, volleys, overheads, and serves. Players will also learn the basic rules and etiquette of the game. What to bring: appropriate clothing, water bottle, snack, sneakers, sunscreen and tennis racquet. We will provide racquets for those who need them.


Tiny Triathlon Series- Series Pass

A Triathlon for beginners! The course has 1/8 mile swim, a 3 mile bike and a 1 mile run. A mountain bike and helmet are required for this race. This pass includes all ten races in the series.


Triathlon Series- Series Pass

Our weekly triathlon series races consist of a 1/4 mile swim, 4.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile trail run. A mountain bike and helmet are required for the race. This pass includes all ten races in the series.


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.
Session One: Early Spring Finds
Session Two: Animal Families
Session Three: Animal & Plant Connections
Session Four: Exploring Water


Wood Floral Craft Workshop

Enjoy a night of crafting with wood florals! Learn how to dye and assemble wood flowers. You will be able to make a table center piece or hanging door sign with pre dyed flowers. We will supply all of the materials for these projects. Registration is required by Friday, May 13th.


Youth Adventures Camp

Your camper will spend 2.5 hours a day participating in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning team building skills on our low elements, to learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower. 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

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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.