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Discover Burlington: Sessions Woods

Sessions Woods

The Roundup has put together a special section called ‘Discover Burlington!’, just in time for the holidays. It highlights the history of Burlington and what it has to offer now.

Facts about Burlington

Town/City established:

Incorporated 1806.

Named from:

Named to honor England’s 3rd Earl of Burlington.



Notable citizens (past and present):

Silas Brooks, early American hot air balloonist.

Katherine Gaylord, early American heronine.

Colonel Ralph L. Gezelman, organized supply shipments for the D-Day invasion during World War II.

Leonidas Lent Hamline, Methodist Bishop for whom Hamline Universtity is named.

Heman Humphrey, Amherst College president.

Richard F. Jones, noted builder ofo Hartford’s Bushnell Memorial.

John G. Martin, former President and CEO of Heublein and owner of Johnnycake Ranch.

Samuel Monce, inventor of the glass cutter.

Top Five Attractions:

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area.

Farmington River Trail.

Burlington State Fish Hatchery.

Lamothe’s Sugar House.

Hogan’s Cider Mill.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

Memorial Day Parade.

Tavern Day, second Sunday in September.

Quality of the town/city:

In addition to the featured destination, you can hike some of the town’s 30 miles of the Blue Trail, ride a mountain bike trail or fish, kayak or canoe on the Farmington River.

Relax afterwards with coffee and a scone at Renaissance Farms, ice cream at the Frozen Gnome, or a bite to eat at once of the local restaurants. Pick up a beautiful plant at Larson’s Greenhouse or fresh vegetables at a nearby farm stand.

Enjoy the town green, surrounded by the Elton Tavern and other 19th century buildings. On one-room school house is just a few steps away.

Today we will discover Sessions Woods.

The biggest threat facing Connecticut’s wildlife species is the loss of habitat. As more land is developed, there is less land that wildlife can all home. Because more than 90 percent of our state’s acreage is privately owned, both large and small landowners, as well as all Connecticut residents, must play a critical role in Connecticut’s wildlife conservation efforts.

To meet this need, the Wildlife Division established the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in Burlington, Connecticut. The purchase was made possible with the help of sportsmen-generated Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) funds.

More than just a tract of natural land set aside for wildlife, Session Woods WMA introduces visitors to wildlife and natural resources management through various educational programs, demonstration sites, self-guided hiking trails, and displays.

Visitors will develop a better understanding of the Wildlife Division’s role in managing Connecticut’s wildlife populations, as well as learn about what they can do to have a positive impact on the future of Connecticut’s wildlife and other natural resources.

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, habitat management demonstration areas, and a backyard wildlife habitat area. Sessions Woods WMA offers conservation education programming that uses the expertise of Wildlife Division and other Department of Environmental Protection 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.

If you go:

Tour time: 30 minutes-2.5 hours.

Other amenities: parking, printed guides

Pricing: Free.

Other Amenities: ADA Compliant, Bus Parking, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Pet Friendly


341 Milford St.
(Rte. 69)
Burlington, CT 06013


Trails open daily, dawn to dusk.
Office and exhibit area open Mon.-Fri., 8:30-4 p.m.

To be featured on Discover Burlington  contact Mike Uchalid at 860-940-7001 or

For more information, check out our standard opportunities page.

The Roundup is thankful The Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Central CT Chambers are on board to help. As well as Region 10 and Town Hall.


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