Winter Festival 2022

Please note that the Winter Festival scheduled for Saturday February 5, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, CT has been POSTPONED. 

Ground conditions are anticipated to create a very difficult scenario for the families, partners, volunteers, and staff who would be attending the event.  Safety is at the forefront of this decision.  We hope to reschedule the event on another date, which is to be determined. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding.
In preparation for this winter event, please feel free to visit the following pages:  
  1. Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE)-information about CARE.
  2. Ice fishing-viewers can learn from life-long ice fishing experts everything from how to make a hole in the ice, to setting up a tip-up, to using a jigging rod and more.

Additional information, activities and videos for families to enjoy during the Winter Season:


Fishing information and videos:

CARE videos on You Tube

Learn to Fish Student Materials

YOUth Fishing Passport –Your ticket to great fishing activities and giveaways in CT

Filet a fish


Wintertime foods:

Recipes for hot chocolate, snow ice cream, soups and stews


Fun things to do outside in the winter:

Winter activities to do in CT State Parks and Forests: winter hiking, explore a winter waterfall, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling


Winter Crafting:

ice suncatchers, snowman marshmallows, snow painting


Winter Science Activities:

14 Winter Themed Activities and Experiments For Any Climate


Recommendations for books about Winter that families can read together:

 1) The Winter Visitors by Karel Hayes You Tube Read Aloud

 2) Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal, You Tube   

     Read Aloud

 3) Snow Day by Lester L. Laminack You, Tube Read Aloud

 4) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats You Tube Read Aloud

 5) The Mitten by Jan Brett, You Tube Read Aloud

 6) Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner, You Tube Read Aloud

 7) Snow by Cynthia Rylant, You Tube Read A loud

 8) The Wild Toboggann Ride by Suzan Reid & Eugenie Fernandes, You Tube Read Aloud

 9) Snowballs by Lois Ehler, You Tube Read Aloud

10) Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, You Tube Read Aloud

11) All Day so Gray by Marie Lamba, You Tube Read Aloud

12) No Two Alike by Keith Baker, You Tube Read Aloud

14) The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, You Tube Read Aloud

15) Molly, by Golly by Dianne Ochiltree, you Tube Read Aloud


           Anglers ice fishing on Coventry Lake showing off their catch.



           Family fishing at Burr Pond during the No Child Left Inside Winter Festival.

CARE instructors at the No Child Left Inside Winter Festival.


DEEP Fisheries Division and all of the CARE Staff and Volunteers   


For questions regarding the Winter Festival Event, please contact Kristen Bellantuono at:


Winter Festival Slideshow

Content updated February 2022