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! So what are you waiting for? Get out and PLAY! Transportation provided from our summer day camp buses (no additional cost) and campers can attend early and late program ($30.00 per week for either) if needed. This program will be run as part of our ACA accredited day camp and CT State Licensed Day Camp.
Baseball takes the rich history of the game from Cooperstown to your town. Our staff uses our progressionnal curriculum to teach the fundamentals of fielding, catching, throwing, hitting, and base running, all in a fun, positive environment. Specifically designed for beginner and intermediate players, this camp teaches all athletes new baseball skills along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and responsibility. Participants come away with new friends, new skills, and a love for the game! Participant-to-coach ratio: 12:1.
Come join Blair Wlochowski, Winding Trails' volunteer birder, as we explore the Winding Trails' property watching the changing population of birds as the seasons progress from spring through summer. 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. Walks occur on Saturdays or Sundays. Always 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.
This 2.5-hour program introduces 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 40' intermediate vertical wall, a 40' 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 three days prior to the start of each session.
Your camper will participate in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower, to soaring through the air on our High Ropes Course, to splashing around in the lake through lake orienteering and raft building, as well a Discover SCUBA program. 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. Friday we will go to Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, CT. This trip will be a full day and will run until 4:30pm.
Get outside on Saturday nights with Miss Judy for an educational walk with hands-on activities with your family and friends. After the walk, return to make a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and enjoy some lively conversation. On those nights when it becomes fully dark, we walk to the recreation fields to view the night sky for seasonal constellation identification and to view special celestial events. Come prepared for the weather by wearing a pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Session 1: Vernal Pools, Session 2: Spring Plants, Session 3: Nesting Boxes, Session 4: Geology, Session 5: Mushrooms and more! Registration required three days prior to the event date.
Come and enjoy some great music at Winding Trails in the tranquil forest around Walton Pond. This festival will highlight some of the great local musical talent we have in the area. There will also be an open mic contest! Food and refreshments will be available for sale or feel free to bring you own. These programs will be held rain or shine. Musical acts include: The Hot Flashes, Belle of the Fall, The Wool Hats String Band, Brian Dolzani, Pat Stone and The Dirty Boots, Peter Lehndorff, Coffee Grinders, Auburn Mode, Sweetest Key, Eric Paradine, The Bombay Oysters, Horizon Blue, Krista Johnson and Blackberry Jam. Gates open at 10am. Please note that tickets purchased at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. Winding Trails members will receive a $2 discount. Sorry No Pets Allowed.
Flag Football is the perfect introduction to "America's Game" or a great refresher for those who want to brush up on their skills preparing for league play. Through our "skill of the day" exercises, campers will learn skills on both sides of the ball including the core components of passing, catching, and deflagging or defensive positioning- all presented in a fun and positive environment. The week ends with the Sports Bowl, giving participants a chance to showcase their skills on the gridiron!
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.
Join the fun! Each day your camper will spend time learning and practicing their skills on the Outdoor Bouldering Wall, the Climbing Tower and participating in adventure activities. Skills such as balance and coordination will be presented with the emphasis on FUN!
Join Miss Judy for an afternoon family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with children that enjoy exploring all around the property. Each month the walk to will take you to a different area to explore. These informal programs are for all ages so come prepared with clothes that can get dirty. A pair of good hiking shoes and a pair of water boots or shoes are recommended. Session 1: Vernal Pools, Session 2: Plants, Session 3: What Visits Plants, Session 4: Baby Birds, Session 5: Rocks, Session 6: Sand, Session 7: Mushrooms. Registration required three days prior to the event date.
Discover the wonder of observing nature in real time. Explore different waterways as we locate frogs, turtles, and other aquatic animals. Wandering the forest and field checking on the squirrels, birds, and other land animals. Learn some life skills such as fishing and fire building. Relax with kayaking and swimming. Each day involves hands-on activities and experiments. During our walks, we will explore, collect, and observe animals and different environments. Dress for the weather, bring your imagination, and plan to have fun as we discover what's out there!
Sponsored by the Alexander P. Franklin Foundation,
Nature's Open House is a walking tour of 80+ fairy and gnome dwellings set along a three-quarter mile stroll through our wooded trails. Upon returning from your tour, you can listen to Parents' Choice Award winning author, Tracy Kane, read from her amazing Fairy House Series. After being inspired by Tracy and the tour, you are ready to build your own fairy house in the permanent Winding Trails Fairy House Village. Using only natural material, you are free to create a place that is interesting, fun, cozy, inviting, and uniquely yours. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Please note: Tickets purchased the day of the event will cost $8.
This program provides you and your family the opportunity to spend some quality time together. Make memories your kids will cherish forever while enjoying dozens of activities and camping out at Winding Trails. Activities available include soccer, basketball, hiking, baseball, boating, archery and more. You bring the tent, sleeping bags and toiletries and we will do the rest! This is a very popular program so early registration is advised. A BBQ on Friday night (6:30pm - 7:30pm) and a continental breakfast on Saturday morning (7:00am - 8:30am) are included. Please note: the availability of archery and boating are based on certified staff availability and cannot be guaranteed. Registration is required by three days prior to the event. Members Only Event.
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.
Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks (Young Children)
Join Miss Judy, Winding Trails' naturalist, for a morning family nature walk. This walk is geared toward families with young children, six years and younger. Each month the walk will take your family to a different location so a new topic can be explored. Be prepared to watch for animals and listen for fun sounds. Wear good walking shoes and dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Registration is required by three days prior to the date of the program. Session 1: Frogs & Tadpoles, Session 2: Spring Flowers, Session 3: Baby Birds, Session 4: Rocks & Soil, Session 5: Fungi
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!
SUP Fitness classes are one hour in length, starting on shore and then on the SUP board on the water. This FUN SUPFIT class is designed to help you build a strong core, improve your cardio and increase endurance utilizing a stand-up paddle board as your base... on the water. The class is a combination of stand-up paddle boarding, yoga and classic fitness exercises which will tone and sculpt every muscle in your body. Confident swimmer with paddle board experience is recommended but not necessary. Dress appropriately, wear workout clothes, swim suit, change of clothes just in case, bring a water bottle, towel, hat, and don't forget your sunscreen. Use our boards and paddle or bring your own. Instructor: Lesa Laraia, WPA Certified Instructor
Sports Tennis breaks down the fundamental skills of tennis through easily understood and applicable games and exercises that increase the athlete's abilities. Each athlete will learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys, and serves to help develop the total player. Participant-to-coach ratio: 8:1.
Do you love our weekly Tri Series? Why not continue Tuesday evenings at Winding Trails with out new Trail Running Series! For 7 weeks on Tuesday nights, there will be a short course and a long course race, with awards being given out at the final race. The top three overall in each age group (male and female on each course) will be recognized. Receive a t-shirt when you purchase a series pass! Online registration is for season passes ONLY. One day registration will only be available on site before the race begins. Season passes can also be purchased on race day. Registration opens at 5pm on race day. Short Course- 4.6 miles Long Course- 9.2 miles Fees per race are $20 for nonmembers and $10 for members
Your camper will spend 2.5 hours a day participating in a variety of outdoor adventure activities from learning the basics of rock climbing on our 40' climbing tower (consists of a 15' beginner wall, a 35' intermediate wall, a 35' advanced wall, a 60' x 35' cargo net and a zipline). 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.
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.