Winter Festival 2024

FREE Family Event
Saturday, February 3, 2024 -- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m

Join us for a fun day of outdoor winter fun at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington.  


No Child Left Inside® (NCLI) Program in partnership with Fish with CARE and the City of Torrington will be hosting the 18th Annual Winter Festival Event at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington, CT on Saturday February 3, 2024 from 10 am to 3 pm. This event is all about winter and all the things you can do and see in the winter!

There will be ice fishing with Fish with CARE, hikes, storytimes, Search and Rescue dogs, demonstrations, hiking, ice sculptures, marshmallow roasting, bonfire, furs & pelts, live animals, City of Torrington Police and Fire, CT State Environmental Conservation Police, CT Horse Council, CT Valley Siberian Husky Club, DEEP Education and Outreach, DEEP Wildlife, CT State Forest Fire Service, DEEP Boating, CT State Library, Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families (CAFAF), Lutz Children's Musuem, Environmental Learning Centers of CT, White Memorial, Reach Your Summit, Fit Together NW CT, IAIS Native American Museum and Research Center, Girl Scouts of CT, Drakeville and Torringford Volunteer Fire Departments, Torrington YMCA, Animals Sign Spotting with Shirly Sutton, and much more.

There will even be a special appearance from Chuckles the Groundhog from the Lutz Childrens' Museum. Bring your family and friends and join us for a great day of winter activities and fun! Scouts BSA, Troop 1, out of Torrington 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 9:30 am and 3:00 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:  

  1. Fish with CARE-Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education
  2. Ice Fishing information (Please note:  ice fishing is always ice-dependent and ice safety comes first)
  3. 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.
  4. 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

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)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


           Squirrel Ice Sculpture

           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 2024