Winooski Valley Park District

Welcome!

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!

The Winooski Valley Park District is excited to announce that it will be partnering with Keeping Track ® and Sue Morse this fall to offer a Keeping Track Monitoring Program (KTMP) workshop series for individuals interested in learning more about wildlife species and habitat conservation in their community. The WVPD is looking for interested individuals to join our team who will help us in continued monitoring of sites at our various parks throughout the region. The workshop series includes all materials, six all-day field classes and two evening lectures/potlucks. Field classes will be conducted entirely outdoors from 8:30am to 4:00pm. No experience necessary! We are looking for individuals as young as 85 and as old as 10 to participate!

FIELD DATES FOR WORKSHOP SERIES:

- October 4th - Wolf Run, Jericho, Vermont

- December 6th – Montgomery, Vermont (exact location TDB)

- January 17th – Colchester Pond, Colchester, Vermont

- February 8th – Wolf Run, Jericho, Vermont

- March 7th – Wolf Run, Jericho, Vermont

- April 11th – Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, Vermont

- PLUS two evening lecture/potlucks (dates/locations TBD) 5:30-10:00pm

To become a part of the Winooski Valley Park District’s team and register for the KTMP workshop series please contact info@wvpd.org or call (802) 863-5744.

To learn more about Keeping Track and the Keeping Track Monitoring Program visit keepingtrack.org

Sept. 28: Vermont Community Garden Network Harvest Festival Celebration! Celebrate the harvest season with fellow gardeners and friends 3:00-6:00pm at Winooski Valley Park District’s Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. There will be FREE veggie burgers and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, kids’ activities, bike smoothies, music by Albert Joy and youth members of the Woodbury Strings Fiddle Club, garden and trails tours at 3:15 and 4:00pm, and more! Bring your favorite garden side dish to share or a suggested donation of $5. Everyone welcome! Presented by the Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Burlington Area Community Gardens, Winooski Valley Park District, VNA Family Room, New Farms for New Americans, Grow Team O.N.E. and City Market. Join the Facebook Event and invite your friends! For more information visit www.vcgn.org/events Or call (802) 861-4769.

Oct. 5: Fall Foliage Walk at Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve, South Burlington. Enjoy a leisurely walk to admire the autumn foliage and wonderful views of Mount Mansfield with the WVPD. We will discuss why leaves change and how plants and animals are preparing for the cold months ahead. Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve is located off of Van Sicklen Road in South Burlington. Walk will begin at 11:00am. Please come prepared with sturdy, waterproof footwear. FREE. Please contact info@wvpd.org or call (802) 863-5744 to register or for more information.

Oct. 11: Ethan & Ira Challenge: A Historical Scavenger Hunt at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, 10:00am – 4:00pm. Step into the shoes of our 18th century counterparts to learn about outdoor survival, gardening, military life, recreation, and more at the Ethan Allen Homestead. All participants win a prize! Please call 865-4556 or e-mail info@ethanallenhomestead.org for details.

Oct. 12: Citizen Science Workshop 1:00-3:00pm at the Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Are you a birder? Do you enjoy watching the leaves change color in the fall? Come learn about eBird and the USA Phenology Network. Programs like these need people like you to monitor wildlife in your backyard! No matter your experience, come learn how you can take part in nationwide citizen science projects! FREE. Please contact americorps@wvpd.org or call (802) 863-5744 to register or for more information.

Oct. 26: 4th Annual Halloween at the Homestead 1:00-3:00pm at the Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Bring your family and friends and come dressed in costume for a fun-filled afternoon of games, crafts, treats and more! There will be prizes, face painting, Halloween arts and crafts, and yummy fall treats to enjoy! VINS will be joining us with live birds to show off! Admission is FREE and open to the public. Please contact the WVPD at info@wvpd.org or (802) 863-5744 for more information.

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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!

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 info@wvpd.org for shelter availability, rental rates and to make your reservation today!