Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
Hours: The Sessions Woods Wildlife Division office and Exhibit Area (directions) are regularly open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM (except holidays). The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
Upcoming Programs at the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center
Visitors to Sessions Woods are advised to “Be Bear Aware” when hiking the trails. Black bears are commonly observed at the area and along the trails. Before starting your hike, become familiar with what you should do if you encounter a bear.
ATTENTION: The beaver marsh boardwalk at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area is currently closed for repairs until further notice. Wheelchair and public access will not be available until the repairs are completed.
Learn About Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Firsthand
The Focus of Sessions Woods WMA
Sessions Woods WMA focuses on conservation education, with facilities to bring school groups, the general public and natural resource professionals from throughout Connecticut and the region to participate in educational programs, demonstrations, and workshops pertaining to wildlife and natural resource management. These facilities include an education center with an exhibit area and a large meeting room, as well as interpretive trails, and habitat management demonstration sites. Sessions Woods WMA offers conservation education programs that use the expertise of Wildlife Division and other DEEP natural resource management staff. Staff may also be available, by appointment, to conduct group educational programs at the Center and to give technical assistance and professional advice to visitors on an individual basis.
Wildlife for the Future
The future of Connecticut's wildlife resources depends largely on citizens' involvement and concern. The educational and interpretive features of Sessions Woods WMA encourage public awareness, understanding, and enjoyment of wildlife. Please join the Connecticut Wildlife Division in meeting the challenge of wildlife conservation and management.
When you walk the wildlife habitat trails at Sessions Woods WMA, in Burlington, you experience more than just the benefits of a healthy hike. Demonstrations of wildlife and habitat management practices are featured along the Beaver Pond Trail, Forest Meadow Trail, and in the Backyard Habitat Demonstration Area.
For a safe and enjoyable visit, please observe the following rules:
Trails open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Carry out what you carry in.
Motorized vehicles, horses, and horseback riding are prohibited.
Fires and unauthorized camping are not allowed. Youth group camping coordinated with programs or activities at Sessions Woods is available by permit.
Collecting of plants and wildlife or feeding of wildlife are prohibited.
Bowhunting and waterfowl hunting are by special permit only. Inquire at the office for details.
Be careful of poison ivy along the trails and check yourself thoroughly for ticks.
The Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center’s Public Program Series is a cooperative venture between the CT DEEP Wildlife Division and the Friends of Sessions Woods. Please register for these programs by calling 860-424-3011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs are free, unless noted otherwise. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old. No pets allowed!
CANCELLED - March 22, 2020 (Sunday), 9:30 AM. March Mushroom Madness
The Connecticut Valley Mycological Society welcomes members and non-members to their annual meeting at Sessions Woods for an enlightening indoor presentation on mushrooms. The meeting provides an opportunity to talk with others interested in the field of mycology and view some of the resources available to learn more about mushrooms. There is an opportunity to join the Society during the event as well. Refreshments are available at 9:30 am, followed by the program at 10:00 am. The meeting continues until 2:30 pm or so for members following the presentation.
CANCELLED - April 4, 2020 (Saturday), 1:00 PM. Vernal Pools
Vernal pools are hidden wetlands of the forest. They are alive with sounds and activity during certain times of the year. Many wildlife species are dependent on vernal pools to survive. Wildlife biologist Paul Benjunas will lead participants on a walk to a vernal pool at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area. He will describe the diversity of life, including frogs, salamanders, fairy shrimp, and others found in this unique wetland. The hike will be approximately 2 miles roundtrip. Please meet at the kiosk in the Sessions Woods parking lot.
Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area 10-year Management Plan
Sessions Woods WMA and Conservation Education Center is located on Route 69, about three miles south of Route 4 in Burlington and three miles north of Route 6 in Bristol. (341 Milford Street, Burlington).
Content last updated on March 13, 2020.