DEEP: Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Sessions Woods WMA

{Conservation Education Center at Sessions Woods WMA}


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Learn About Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat Firsthand

The Sessions Woods Wildlife Division office and Exhibit Area (directions) are regularly open on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM (except holidays). The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.

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 call 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, Sessions 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.

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, 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 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.


For a full listing of other DEEP events, go to the
DEEP Calendar of Events Page

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.

    Sessions Woods Trail Map (PDF 89k)
    Sessions Woods Topographical Map (PDF 165k)


How To Get There
{Map of Sessions Woods WMA location.}
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.
For more information about features, activities, and how you can become a "Friend of Sessions Woods", contact the Wildlife Division at:
Telephone
860-675-8130
Mailing Address
Sessions Woods WMA
P.O. Box 1550
Burlington, CT 06013-1550
Shipping Address
Sessions Woods WMA
341 Milford Street (Rte 69)
Burlington, CT 06013-1550
 
Content last updated on August 28, 2012.