Welcome to the Winooski Valley Park District's (WVPD)! The WVPD is YOUR Park District. It was created by the member municipalities for its residents in 1972. It now includes 18 parks, over 1,700 acres of natural areas, 22 miles of trails, and over 12 miles of shoreline on lakes and rivers. The WVPD’s member municipalities are Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Jericho, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski.
Check out our Winter 2015 Calendar of Events.
Winter Family Fun and Dog Sled Rides at the Ethan Allen Homestead. Saturday January 31, 2015, 1:00-3:00pm. **BACK ON!!!** Thanks to the fresh snow yesterday! It's just enough for the sleds to ride on! Come join the WVPD and Burlington Parks and Recreation this SATURDAY Jan. 31st for a day of winter fun the whole family can enjoy! Contact email@example.com call (802) 863-5744 for more information.
Feb. 3: Full Moon Celebration 6:00 - 9:00pm Join the WVPD and Burlington Parks and Rec. to celebrate the full moon with a cross-country ski or snowshoes under the stars along the trails at the Ethan Allen Homestead. Free. Guided cross country ski tour and snowshoe walk starting at 6:30pm. Snowshoes available to rent for free. Must bring own ski equipment. Hot chocolate will be available. Free and open to the public. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. for more information.
WINTERVALE Sundays February 15th and March 8th 10:00am - 2:00pm. Free ski and snowshoe demos, kid activities, music, food for purchase, and much, much more! Weather/snow conditions dependent. Check out www.intervale.org/wintervale for more information.
March 5: Full Moon Celebration Join the WVPD and Burlington Parks and Rec. to celebrate the full moon with a skate or snowshoes under the stars. Location TBD, weather dependent. 6-9pm. Free. Contact email@example.com. for more information. Stay tuned for more details!
Feb. 22: Snowshoe Tracking Walk Come learn how to read the signs of wildlife in our region on a 3.5 mile snowshoe tour of Colchester Pond. The WVPD will provide snowshoes for those who need them. Walk will begin at 10:00am. Free. Registration required, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. or call (802) 863-5744.
March 21: Snowshoe Tour of Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve. We’ll look for signs of wildlife and discuss how animals survive the winter. 1-3pm. Free. Registration required, please contact email@example.com. or call (802) 863-5744.
NEW for WINTER 2015! The WVPD has snowshoes available to rent for free during the week if you wish to come explore the Ethan Allen Homestead on your own! Snowshoes can be rented from our office at the Ethan Allen Homestead from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Call ahead to reserve a pair! (802) 863-5744.
L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School Join the experts from L.L. Bean
to learn how to snowshoe on the trails at the Ethan Allen Homestead. Contact 1-888-552-3261
or register online at llbean.com/btc.. Weather/conditions permitting.
Starlight Snowshoe Tours: Fridays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Outdoor Discovery Course: Saturday and Sundays 10:00am - 2:30pm
Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Lecture Series: Join the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00pm for engaging and informative lectures on local history. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 865-4556 for more information.
- Jan. 18: Hear Gerard Mullen speak about the Weapons of the American Revolution.
- Feb. 15: TBD
- March 20: David Bennett, the Author of "A Few Lawless Vagabonds: Ethan Allen, The Republic of Vermont, and The American Revolution" will speak on the Haldimand Negotiations.
Visit www.ethanallenhomestead.org for more information on the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum.
The Winooski Valley Park District's mission is to plan, acquire, and manage lands and waters within the boundaries of its member municipalities in the Winooski River Valley for purposes of conservation, preservation of natural areas, establishment of parks, and resource-based education and recreation.
The WVPD's Master Plan provides guidance to achieve this mission.
Rent the picnic shelter or a classroom for your next event, meeting, or reunion at the Ethan Allen Homestead!
The Winooski Valley Park District's picnic shelter is available for rent year-round. Just a short distance from the Ethan Allen Homestead's walking trails, self-guided wetlands walk, Winooski River canoe and kayak access, and the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum's historic barn and house, the picnic shelter is an ideal location for events, reunions, and parties. The shelter offers several picnic tables, a fireplace, electricity, toilets, and ample parking. Contact email@example.com for shelter availability, rental rates and to make your reservation today!
The WVPD has two classrooms in the Education Center located at the Ethan Allen Homestead that can be rented for meetings, staff trainings, camps or parties. Hourly, daily and weekly rates available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The WVPD Board of Trustees meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm in the WVPD Offices at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. Next meeting date: February 11, 2015 at 4:30pm
Upcoming Meeting Agenda:
January 20th Meeting Agenda
December 16th Meeting Agenda
November 18th Meeting Agenda
October 21st Meeting Agenda
September 16th Meeting Agenda
August 19th Meeting Agenda