Winooski Valley Park District


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.

Join Us At An Upcoming Event!

Check out our Winter 2015 Calendar of Events.

March 5: Full Moon Celebration Join the WVPD for a xc ski or snowshoes under the full moon at the Ethan Allen Homestead from 6:00-9:00pm. Guided xc ski and snowshoe will start at 6:30pm - snowshoes available to rent, must bring own xc ski equipment. Free. Contact for more information.

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 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.

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Partner Organization Events:

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 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 or call (802) 865-4556 for more information.
Upcoming Lectures:
- 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 for more information on the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum.

WVPD's S.O.L.E. Camp for Summer 2015

The Winooski Valley Park District is happy to announce it will be holding its Sustainable Outdoor Leadership and Education - S.O.L.E. Camp for summer 2015! Check out our Education page for more details.

Register online with Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront. Look for camp number 112309 - Sustainable Outdoor Leadership.

Winooski Valley Park District Mission

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 Our Facilities

picnic shelter 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 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 for more information.

WVPD Board of Trustees 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:
March 11th Meeting Agenda
February 11th 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

DRAFT Minutes:
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014