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January 7: Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Northwest Park through snow-laden forests and fields. Snow conditions permitting. A 6” base is required. Cross-country skis and snowshoe rentals are available from the Warming Shed on weekends only, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Children and adult sizes are available. Rental fee: $10 (Resident), $15 (Non-Resident). Call for conditions 860-285-l886.
February 4th: Visit Northwest Park on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM through March 25th for Open Sugarhouse to learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from our sugarhouse expert, Chuck Drake. Free
February 9th: Come out to Northwest Park from 7:00-8:30pm for a The Bobcat – Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat presentation with Paul Colburn, Master Wildlife Conservationist. The program will focus on the natural history of bobcats in CT, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. Bobcat artifacts are shared with the audience. Free
February 11: Snowshoe through the moonlit trails and through the sparkling snow at Northwest Park’s Full Moon Snowshoe Hike from 7:00-9:00 PM On this date, the Nature Center will be open for evening snowshoeing. Headlamps and flashlights are permitted, but not a necessity. We will enjoy hot chocolate at the end of our adventure. MUST register to reserve equipment, space is limited. Fees for this program are $10 person (Windsor resident) $15 per person (non-resident). Snow conditions permitting.
February 14: from 5:00pm – 8:30pm parents looking to have a romantic night out this year for Valentine’s Day, Northwest Park presents: Kids Night at the Museum! Whether your plans for the night include a candle lit dinner at your favorite restaurant or a nice, quiet evening at home, we’ll be having a wild time at the nature center. This special event will include arts and crafts, games, a delicious dinner of hot dogs and mac-and-cheese, and of course some of our renowned live animal programming. For children ages 5 and up. Admission is only $10 per child. Registration is required and space is limited so reserve your spot today!
March 11: Today from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will have a Does this Animal Need My Help? Presentation. Wildlife rehabilitation is the treatment and care of injured, orphaned, or sick animals so they can be released back into the wild. In CT, there is a group of specially trained volunteers who are licensed to care for these animals. What does it take to care for wildlife? What do you need to know if you find an animal in need of help? Who do you contact? Join us for a discussion on native CT wildlife and the resources available to help them. Ages 12 and above. Free.
March 25: Wake up and head to Northwest Park this morning for the annual Friends of Northwest Park Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Warming Shed. Bring an appetite for a full breakfast of pancakes and sausage smothered in 100% pure maple syrup made right at Windsor’s very own Northwest Park. Refreshment choices include orange juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12 years of age and children under 3 are free.
April 10: Community Garden plots are available at Northwest Park. These plots are 36’ x 36’, are pre-harrowed and marked for those wishing to use their “green thumb.” $35 Windsor residents, $45.00 non-residents. Call 860-285-1886 to register for a plot.
April 10 through April 14 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, youth in grades 1 through 3 can experience a new adventure and have fun at Wildlife Detective Camp. This exciting camp will focus on science experiments, life on a working farm and daily hikes going out to experience nature. Children will learn about their environment with hands-on learning, games, crafts, and fun. What a great way to keep your child busy during spring break. $145.00 (Windsor residents), $155.00 (non-residents).
April 15 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM join Northwest Park’s staff for a Whose Egg Is It? Egg Hunt. Take a short hike and search for brightly colored eggs filled with treats as well as decorated and camouflaged eggs that resemble wild bird eggs which are all carefully hidden along the trails. With the help of our egg chart, identify the bird eggs you find and place them in the appropriate nest (artificial). Learn about the birds that are returning to Connecticut after a cold winter. $3.00 per person (Windsor resident) $5.00 per person (non-resident).