Winter Festival 2023Please note there is a Date Change for the Winter Festival Event to Sunday February 5, 2023 from 11 am to 3 pm.
With the predicted Saturday forecast of dangerously cold weather, for the safety of guests, volunteers and DEEP Staff, the event date has been changed to Sunday February 5, 2023 from 11 am to 3 pm at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington.
Please note the new start time of 11 am. At this time, there is little to no ice at Burr Pond. Any ice that is on Burr Pond is not safe. There will not be any ice fishing on Burr Pond during this Winter Festival Event. Fish with CARE staff and volunteers will be on-site and will have the fish ID trailer as well as ice fishing educational materials and ice fishing demonstration set-ups on how tip-ups work on the upland.
Join us for a fun day of outdoor winter fun at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington.
Thanks to our partners-Fish with CARE staff and volunteers, the City of Torrington, DEEP State Parks staff and various DEEP partners, this event will include a wide variety of great activities, programs and demonstrations all outdoors at Burr Pond State Park by the following:
Ice fishing demonstrations only by Fish with CARE staff and volunteers (There is no safe ice at Burr Pond)
Fish with CARE-Fish ID Trailer
City of Torrington Fire
City of Torrington Police
CT Horse Council
CT Valley Siberian Husky Club
Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police
DEEP Education and Outreach Table
Fit Together NWCT
Girl Scouts of CT-snow shoes
Indian Rock Nature Center (Environmental Learning Centers of CT)-maple syrup program
Master Wildlife Conservationists (Furs and pelts program, wildlife program)
REI (Smore's making)
RSAR Inc. (Search and Rescue Dogs)
Storytime by the Bonfire
The Institute for American Indian Studies
Torrington Trails Network (hikes)
White Memorial Conservation Center (animal encounter)
Boy Scouts Troop 1 will be selling food
Parking: There will be parking on-site at Burr Pond State Park (main parking lot) as well as off-site location parking lots at: Burr Pond Boat Launch Ramp, Burrville Fire Training School and RBC Aircraft Products . There will be 2 shuttles (one in handicapped accessible) circulating between the parking lots/locations between the hours of 10:30 am and 3:30 pm. The shuttles will circulate between Burr Pond State Park on Burr Mountain Road in Torrington; RBC Aircraft Products at 2866 Winsted Road, Torrington; Burrville Fire Training School on Burr Mountain Road in Torrington; and the Burr Pond Boat Launch Ramp at 600 Burr Mountain Road in Torrington.
Fish with CARE information regarding ice fishing:
- Fish with CARE-Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education
- Ice Fishing information (Please note: ice fishing is always ice-dependent and ice safety comes first)
- Let's Go Ice Fishing video-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.
- Read the Ice Fishing Blog
Below you can find some 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
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
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)Snow Day by Lester L. Laminack You, Tube Read Aloud
3) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats You Tube Read Aloud
4) The Mitten by Jan Brett, You Tube Read Aloud
5) Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner, You Tube Read Aloud
6) Snow by Cynthia Rylant, You Tube Read A loud
7) The Wild Toboggann Ride by Suzan Reid & Eugenie Fernandes, You Tube Read Aloud
8) Snowballs by Lois Ehler, You Tube Read Aloud
9) Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, You Tube Read Aloud
10) All Day so Gray by Marie Lamba, You Tube Read Aloud
11) No Two Alike by Keith Baker, You Tube Read Aloud
12) The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, You Tube Read Aloud
13) Molly, by Golly by Dianne Ochiltree, you Tube Read Aloud
DEEP Fisheries Division and all of the CARE Staff and Volunteers
For questions regarding the Winter Festival Event, please contact Kristen Bellantuono at: Kristen.email@example.com.
Content updated February 2023