2021 Events

Join the Winooski Valley Park District at these upcoming events!

Upcoming Events

MONDAY Oct. 11, 2021 – Leahy To Announce $250,000 Grant To Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center On Vermont’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day

CONTACT: David Carle,   ph: 301-872-0665

WHERE: 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington

11:15 a.m. Monday – Senator Leahy will join Fred Wiseman of Alnôbaiwi, Phelan Fretz of the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and Nick Warner, Executive Director of the Winooski Valley Park District to announce $250,000 in funding from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission for the Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center at the Ethan Allen Homestead.  The funding will be used to make improvements to the building which currently houses the Heritage Center and to expand and better curate materials at the homestead.  As part of his work on the Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy has long championed funding for Lake Champlain as part of the commission’s budget.

There will be opportunities to tour the current exhibits, as well as presentations of Abenaki dancing, drumming and crafts before and after the Senator’s visit.

Past Events

  • CITY NATURE CELEBRATION! April 22 – May 6, 2021 – various events

    Let’s Celebrate Nature!
    This spring the cities of Burlington and Winooski are teaming up with local partners to organize a multi-day event that invites EVERYONE to participate and engage with the amazing natural world around us. We’ve put together an array of programs from walks with experts and hands-on activities, to virtual presentations, to a global competition with do-it-yourself exploration using the iNaturalist app.

    Learn more about how you can participate in the first annual City Nature Celebration!

    Are You Up for a Nature Challenge?
    Join in a friendly competition with over 400 other cities around the world in one of the centerpieces of our City Nature Celebration. This is collaborative effort undertaken by residents, students, teachers, and scientists to document the diversity of life across the Burlington-Winooski landscape during a four-day bio-blitz (April 30 – May 3). The results from our efforts will be displayed on the website, and later be used to help create Nature Clocks!

    Find out how you can participate. It’s easy, and fun for all ages!

    May 1st is going to be a SPECTACULAR NATURE day!
    Wondering why? Because, as part of the City Nature Celebration you can participate in the Spectacular Nature Event! Join us in the Intervale for the Burlington-Winooski bio-blitz Nature Challenge to collect information on what the birds, animals, plants and insects are doing this time of year using the iNaturalist app. AND as bonus hands-on activity, you can sign up for a forest regeneration planting activity to help restore ostrich ferns, or help remove invasive plants! Choose from 1, 3 or 5 mile walks and hear from local experts in the field.

    Learn more on the Nature Celebration website and sign up for a time slot!

    Tune in to (Local) Nature During our Speaker Series
    A key component of our City Nature Celebration is a three-part speaker series taking place on successive Thursday evenings at 7 PM.  Launching on Earth Day, these will be live-streamed to the community by Media Factory!

    April 22 gives overview of the wild places of Burlington and Winooski, and a preview of the Nature Clock project.

    April 29 is all about insects and pollinators

    May 6 is in anticipation of World Migratory Bird Day on May 9. Learn about some of the local species that return every year.

    Learn more and register for the one or more of talks!

  • Wintervale! Sunday February 23rd from 11 am–2pm at Intervale Community Farm at 282 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
  • Burlington Wildways Trail Opening – September 7, 2019 12:00pm

You’re Invited! For the opening of the first section of the Burlington Wildway – a new trail that connects the wild places of Burlington, Vermont.

Saturday, September 7th
12 noon: Press Conference and Opening Ceremony

1 pm: Hikes

Meet at the Ethan Allen Homestead , at the picnic shelter. Please join us for a ribbon-cutting and brief remarks formally opening the 5.5-mile Salmon Hole to Ethan Allen Park section of the Wildway. Refreshments will be served! Explore nature along the Wildway! All hikes are one-way with transport back to start. Join city naturalist Alicia Daniel for an easy hike north along the Wildway exploring “bedrock to birds” through Ethan Allen Park. Ever wondered how to cross from Ethan Allen Homestead to the Intervale Center on foot? Join us for a moderate hike on the Wildway exploring the connection. Catch a ride back to the Homestead from the Intervale Center or continue on to Salmon Hole and the southern end of the Wildway. Burlington Wildways is a partnership that connects and protects the wild places and paths of Burlington, Vermont. Learn more about the partnership and projects:

  • Public Visioning Workshop and Open House with Town of Williston: The Town of Williston recently acquired a 29-acre parcel of open space in northwest Williston. Winooski Valley Park District (WVPD) and the Town are discussing the future of this parcel, and seek public input on the issues, opportunities and range of recreational uses for this parcel, as well the concept of potential ownership by WVPD. Please come to a public visioning workshop and open house to learn more and provide your input! Details as follows:

Public Visioning Workshop & Open House
Help create the vision for a new park in Williston!
WHERE: Williston Town Hall
WHEN: Thursday, April 25 6:30-8:30 PM – stop in anytime

Points of Contact: Melinda Scott, Williston Conservation Planner 878-6704,
Nick Warner, Executive Director, Winooski Valley Park District, 863-5744,


  • Green Up Day Saturday, May 4 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Salmon Hole Park, Burlington. Help the WVPD clean up the trails at Salmon Hole and the surrounding neighborhood as part of our Annual Green Up Day event! WVPD will provide trash bags and gloves. Other clean up opportunities for groups and individuals are available at other WVPD parks – contact Tim Larned, Parks Superintendent, for more information.
  • Conservation Field Day Wednesday, May 15 at the Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington. Each year the WVPD invites 5th-grade classes from its member communities to partake in a fun-filled a day of hands-on environmental education activities. Students rotate through a series of workshops focused on conservation and stewardship. If you wish to learn more about this event, register your class or provide a workshop contact Lauren Chicote, Programs Director, for more information.

Partner Organization Events

  • Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Third Sunday Lecture Series: Each months lecture will explore a different topic of local and American History. Speakers include local historians and authors. Third Sunday of the month at 2:00pm in the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum and Education Center. For more information call (802) 865 – 4556 or contact Be sure to check out the Museum’s calendar of events or follow them on Facebook for other exciting and informative events on Vermont History!