Northwest Park Programs
NEW- January 1: Start the New Year with a guided Full Moon Hike from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM through the trails of Northwest Park! Learn why Native Americans called this the Wolf Moon. We won’t hear any wolves but we may hear owls and other creatures of the night. If weather permits, bring your own snowshoes or borrow ours. Fees for this program are $10 person (Windsor resident) $15 per person (non-residents). MUST preregister, space limited.
January 6: 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.
January 6: Come out to the Northwest Park Coffeehouse from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to enjoy a night of music at the parkwithBanish Misfortune.
Banish Misfortuneis a six-member group from western Massachusetts playing traditional music from Ireland. Their instrumentation includes fiddle, concertina, mandolin, flute, bouzouki, whistle, accordion and guitar, with which they serve up rousing sets of jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas, airs, and the occasional inspired song or accompanied Irish poem!$17.00. 860-285-1886.
January 20: Come out to the Northwest Park Coffeehouse from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to enjoy a night of music at the park with Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line. “Nora Jane Struthers is guided by fire. Struthers has [come] up with some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists. … The sound of the Party Line has progressed to include propulsive electric guitar and drums, and Struthers’ sweet voice is showing an edge, the better to meet the challenge.” $20.00. 860-285-1886.
NEW- January 31: This month there are two full moons! Typically occurring in February, this moon is known by early Native American tribes as the Full Snow Moon because the heaviest snows usually fell during this time of the year. If snow conditions permit, bring your own snow shoes or borrow ours and join us for a guided Full Moon Snowshoe Hike from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM through Northwest Park’s forest and fields. Find out why this full moon will also be a BLACK moon. Fees for this program are $10 person (Windsor resident) $15 per person (non-residents). MUST preregister, space limited.
February 1: Windsor Residents Registration opens today for Northwest Park’s Summer Nature Camp, a great way for grades Pre K – 8 students to actively experience nature, outdoor living skills, science and agriculture while engaging in a wide variety of fun learning and great traditional camp activities. Go to townofwindsorct.com/recreation for camp dates, themes and to register.
February 1: Registration opens today for the Northwest Park Junior Counselor Certification Program. All Junior Counselors interested in the 2018 Summer Nature Camp must attend the workshop. The workshop date for 2018 is Thursday, April 12, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Counselors’ ages 14-17 are accepted. A $25.00 (Windsor Resident), and a $35.00 (non- resident) fee covers the cost of the workshop, Junior Counselor T-shirt, materials and certification. Go to townofwindsorct.com/recreation to register
February 3: Come out to the Northwest Park Coffeehouse from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to enjoy a night of music at the park with Don White.
There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for more than twenty years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase “file under.” Best to just sort him under “Don White.”. www.donwhite.net $17. 860-285-1886.
February 10: Visit Northwest Park from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM for Northwest Park’s annual Cabin Fever Festival – it will be a howling good time! The event will kick off with a large bonfire to warm everyone up. This is a wonderful winter event for the whole family will include demonstration by the CT Valley Siberian Husky Club, some real pelts and skulls for you to see up close, a live eagle show, all while we learn about our wildlife and how they adapt to the cold. There will also winter fun with contests, games and prizes. Refreshments will be for sale. Children age 2 and under are Free. $3.00 per person (Windsor residents), $5.00 per person (non-residents). Call 860-285-1886 for more information.
February 15: Non-Windsor Residents Registration opens today for Northwest Park’s Summer Nature Camp, a great way for grades Pre K – 8 students to actively experience nature, outdoor living skills, science and agriculture while engaging in a wide variety of fun learning and great traditional camp activities. Go to townofwindsorct.com/recreation for camp dates, themes and to register.
February 17: Come out to the Northwest Park Coffeehouse from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to enjoy a night of music at the park with Hot Club of New England with special guest Matt Dechamplain. The Hot Club of New England is a musical collective featuring the top swing, gypsy, and hot jazz musicians in the New England area. HCNE is on a mission to bring the elegant and classic style of the swing era and the roaring 20's to a modern audience. Their music contains echoes of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and other legends of the Great American Songbook, tinged with the French Manouche style of the great Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. They are joined, for this unique performance, by piano virtuoso Matt DeChamplain. $17. 860-285-1886.
NEW- March 1: Come out to Northwest Park for a guided Full Moon Hike from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This moon was known to Native Americans as the Full Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. If snow conditions permit, bring your own snow shoes or borrow ours. Fees for this program are $10 person (Windsor resident) $15 per person (non-residents). MUST preregister, space limited.
March 3: Come out to the Northwest Park Coffeehouse from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to enjoy a night of music at the park with Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters. Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters feature the Northeast’s top acoustic musicians and singers. Lead by Grammy award winner Stacy Phillips the Bluegrass Characters will be performing an evening of traditional bluegrass music. $18.00. 860-285-1886.
March 24: 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. Please call 860-285-1886 for information.
March 26: Rent a plot in the Community Garden at Northwest Park. Raise your own produce in a 36 square-foot plot that’s been harrowed and staked out at the start of the growing season. There’s a nearby water source but gardeners need to bring their own hose and tools. $35 Windsor residents, $45.00 non-residents. Call 860-285-1886 to register for the season.
March 29: Come out to Northwest Park’s Adult Education Series from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. The first session this spring explores non-alcoholic fermentation with a focus on fermented tea inKombucha 101.Learn about symbiotic colonies of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) as we cover fermentation, acids, and alcohols. We will sample several Kombuchas. Participants will receive a SCOBY to take home; bring a clean glass jar for transport. Fee: $10.00 (Windsor resident) $15.00 (non-resident) or $35.00 (Windsor resident) $50.00 (non-resident) for the series. Registration requested due to limited supplies. 860-285-1886.
March 31: Today 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). 860-285-1886.
NEW-April 5th from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM for Northwest Park’s Adult Education Series with Wildlife Conservationist, Paul Colburn on Black Bears of Connecticut. This presentation provides an overview of the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. It also provides practical recommendations for optimum co-existence with our black bear population. Black bear artifacts will also be shared with the audience. Refreshments provided. The fee is $10.00 (Windsor resident) $15.00 (non-resident Registration required. Visit townofwindsorct/recreation to register or call 860-285-1886 for more information.
April 7: Come out to the Northwest Park Coffeehouse from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM to enjoy a night of music at the park with Porch Party Mamas. These established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country and Blues. All are seasoned players, each with their own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Between them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls and Lyle Lovett. $18.00. 860-285-1886.
April 9-27: Get on board for some Earth Day Action at Northwest Park. Register your business or community organization for a service project that will make the Park a greener place for all to enjoy. Your organization may adopt a local earth stewardship project by providing volunteers and/or sponsorship dollars to assist in project completion. Please call 860-285-1487 for more information
April 9: Today through April 13 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, youth in grades K through 2 can experience Farm Frenzy. This weekexplore life on the farm. Help feed our animals, learn the difference between chicken and duck eggs, use lamb’s wool to make fiber and make your own butter. What a great way to keep your child busy during spring break. $145.00 (Windsor residents), $155.00 (non-residents).
April 9: Today through April 13 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, youth in grades 3 through 5 can spend a week Down on the Farm. Ever wonder what a farmer does all day? Well strap on your work boots & grab a hat – we’re heading out to the barn to find out! This is a hands-on experience. Students will plant crops, collect eggs, and feed the animals. $145.00 (Windsor residents), $155.00 (non-residents).
NEW- April 12: Come out from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM for Northwest Park’s Adult Education Series with Introduction to Beekeeping with Forgotten Acre Farms. The class is designed to expose participant in honey bee biology, practical beekeeping and the importance of honey bees to the hobby beekeepers. There is a great concern for the decline of honey bee populations worldwide and many efforts have been applied to conserve the bees and the ecosystem. Refreshments provided. Fee: $10 (Windsor resident) $15 (non-resident) Registration required.
NEW- April 19: Come out from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM for Northwest Park’s Adult Education Series with Backyard Chickeningwith the Chicken Chick, Kathy Shea Mormino. Have you ever considered raising your own farm animals for products or meat? Chickens are a great way to start and are easy to raise. They will provide you with nutritious eggs & meat, add great nutrients to your compost pile, fertilize your grass and help control insect pests. This presentation will cover the basics of raising your own backyard chickens, including housing, health management, weather and predators. Refreshments provided. Fee: $10 (Windsor resident) $15 (non-resident) Registration required. *Required text fee: $15. Please be prepared to pay this fee directly to the presenter (cash or check) on the night of the class.
April 21: Show your love for Northwest Park on Earth Day by helping with a community service project. Individuals, families, and community groups may choose from a variety of projects on Saturday from 9:00-3:00. Please register online or call 860-285-1886 to RSVP. Free.
NEW- April 25: Bring your binoculars to the Evening Bird Walk at Northwest Park from 6:00PM – 7:00PM. Join the Park Manager in an after work stroll as we search for spring migrants and enjoy the lengthening daylight. All levels of experience welcome; not recommended for young children. Cancelled in inclement weather. Free.