Parks & Recreation

Director:  Donna Bastrzycki

Phone: (860) 379-2895
Fax: (860) 379-6262

Email-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us

     

The Bushnell Group Discounts for Barkhamsted Residents-The Bushnell Discount Ticket Code Available - Please Call 860 379 8285 for more information

2016 Parks and Recreation Form for Fall, Winter and Spring  Programs.  (please click link below!)

Registration Form Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation

Nature Camp Registration Forms Click links in blue below (See ful infor under camp info below)

Parent/guardian information

Nature Camp Registration

 

For 2016 Summer Camp Registration Form Please See Below.

2016 Summer Camp Registration

2016 Summer Camp Important Information for parents/guardians

RECREATION NEWS   

SUMMER RECREATION CAMP   will be the week of July 18-22, 2016.  It will be a fun filled, action packed interactive camp.  The registration forms are available on the link above and at Town hall.   We are now accepting applications for Summer Camp staff.  Please submit application by May, 3 2016.    The Barkhamsted Summer Recreation camp is for children ages 4 to entering Grade 8!  The children will be divided up into three separate groups for some of the activities during the day. 

Children ages 4 to entering Grade 1 in the fall can attend camp from 9:00 A.M. until 12 noon.  The campers will have a fun filled and active morning while playing a variety of interactive games, making arts and crafts, singing songs, enjoying story time and creative play!  Parents are asked to pick their children up beginning at 11:45 and no later than 12:00 p.m.

At noon the children in Grades entering 2 to 8 are then bused to West Beach for lunch, games, crafts and supervised swimming. The cost of camp is $170.00 for full day (Grades 2 to 8) and $95.00 for half day ages 4-entering Grade 1.  The full day camp is from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

If your child has any allergies/medical concerns or food sensitivities please indicate this on the emergency card and also additional paperwork will be required for Epi-Pens that need to be completed before Monday, July 11, 2016.

 Payment is due upon registration. The deadline will be Friday, June 10 unless the program meets its maximum before this date. (In order to have the best possible experience for your child and proper planning, equipment and supervision-PLEASE REGISTER PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE! Please make checks out to: The Town of Barkhamsted.  If you have any questions, please email Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director

barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us (The children’s groups are formed and staff hiring is decided by the attendance of the campers-Please Register Early!!)

In case if inclement weather, Summer Camp can be cancelled with no make-up day or refund. However, we still try to run camp rain or shine!

 Please send the completed Registration form/emergency card with payment to:

Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director

Barkhamsted Town Hall- 67 Ripley Hill Road

P.O. Box 558

Pleasant Valley, CT 06063-0558

  Or Drop off at the Town Hall in the Recreation Office

All forms must be complete with payment in order for your child to be registered.

 

Nature Camp 2016  

 
Download  Registration forms at the top of the page
 
Come spend some time in the woods, observing and enjoying the natural world. We will meet at three different locations in Peoples State Forest. The children will go on hikes, discover the treasures to be found in the wild and learn to identify some of what they see. Each child will create a nature journal, including their own sketches, photographs and data collected by the group. Snack will be provided. This camp runs rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. 
This camp is for children ages 3- 8(older returning campers are welcome)
July 5, 6 & 7 - Pavilion at Matthies Grove, East River Rd  (Registration Deadline- Tuesday, June 28)
July 12, 13 & 14- Big Spring area, top of Greenwoods Rd. (Registration Deadline- Tuesday, July 5)
July 26, 27 &28 – Whitemore Grove, East River Rd  (Registration Deadline-Tuesday, July 19)
 
Each week there will be a morning session from 9-11:30 and an afternoon session from 12:30-3. Enrollment will be limited to 17 children per session.
Cost $40 per week. Please register before the deadline.  If your child requires and Epi-Pen please fill out the Medical authorization forms located at www.barkhamsted.us under the Recreation Department section and turn in one week prior to your childs registration.
 Please make checks payable to Barkhamsted Recreation Commission and return with completed registration form to: 
Molly Sexton Read
48 Taylor RD
Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Registration deadlines are the week prior to the start of the camp week.
Call 738-1559 or e-mail msexton-read@charter.net for more information.
 
 
  • Learn to Fish!!!- Sunday, May 22, 2016. DEEP “Learn to Fish” 9:00 am – noon at Barkhamsted Highway Garage on Rt. 44 (indoor session) and noon to 3:00 practice and fish fry at Stancliff Cove. Please pre-register at: ctfalps@gmail.com as attendance is limited. Equipment provided.

 
 
 
Moonlight Canoe/Kayak-
 
Join us for a fun meetup on West Hill lake on Saturday, July 16, 2016   Please meet at 7:00 pm at the state boat launch on West Hill Lake for the meet time as that should get us on the water by 7:30, sunset is 8:22. Please bring your own boats, life jacket, beverages, and snacks. Rain will cancel event.  . To confirm you will attend please email Donna Bastrzycki at barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us by Friday, July 8-Please indicate how many people will be attending. For more info please call Peter Bakker at 860-491-4417
 
(In order to prepare for the programs and camps and have all the necessary supplies/snacks, please register before the deadline!) Email Recreation Director-Donna Bastrzycki-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us for questions.  Registration forms for camps and programs can be found on the Town website at www.barkhamsted.us and the forms are under the Recreation section)
 

 EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS

Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below.   

Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Click here for: Junior Counselor Application

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT

OPPORTUNITIES 

Barkhamsted Parks & Recreation Department

 Applications are being accepted for seasonal employment opportunities for summer camp!

Summer Camp will be held the week of July 18-22, 2016 at People's State Forest.

 

 

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Ø Summer Camp Staff

Ø CAMP COUNSELORS

 

Ø Volunteers 

Ø  Junior Counselors- (Must be at least 14 years old)

 

To download job/volunteer application visit-  please click the link above.

 

 Please send completed applications to The Barkhamsted Recreation Department, 67 Ripley Hill Road- P.O. Box 558 Pleasant Valley, CT 06063

 

DEADLINE-Wednesday, May 4, 2016 or when positions are full (completed applications must be recieved by this date.) 

 

SUMMER 2016 FUN MEETUPS!

There will be some informal fun recreation meetups through out the summer from-Bike rides around Riverton, Hikes at People's Forest, River Clean ups,  The July Riverton Concert, Moonlight Canoe/Kayak at West Hill, Barkhamsted Historical Society,Farmington River Coordinating Committee and FALPS events and attending other local organizations events throughout the summer.  To be added to the email list for these events.  Please email- Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Director-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us
 
Volunteer Opportunities and Fun Community Events!
Want to help keep the Farmington River Beautiful and a Fun and Safe Place to Recreate?  Consider giving some time as a volunteer assistant River Steward or a volunteer for the Parks and Recreation Department.  There are many opportunities to become invloved.  For more Parks and Recreation program info email-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director-barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us
 

Get Involved in helping the River

Are you passionate about the Farmington River?  Do you enjoy being outdoors and making a difference in the community?  Consider offering a few hours of your time to help a great cause.  What can you do?
 
There is a new team of 'Assistant Stewards' for the summer of 2016.  These people will help spread the word about proper etiquette on the river and provide a presence during the busier times. This could be a great learning experience for students majoring in environmental studies/conservation, or just someone who enjoys interacting with others.  If interested in learning more please contact-Stephan Bastrzycki-River Steward at mail@farmingtonriversteward.org
 
Periodically there are river cleanups held on specific stretches of the river.  A few people volunteering a couple hours of their time can make a big difference.  Check our calendar of events on the home page of the Farmington River Steward website-http://farmingtonriversteward.org/  when the next cleanup become scheduled.
 
Consider 'adopting' a small stretch of river and help keep it clean.
 
If you do not want to actually commit to any hours, be our eyes on the river.  The next time you are out on the Farmington and see something that needs reporting, let us know via email at mail@farmingtonriversteward.org
 Maybe it is a downed tree creating a hazard in the water or an area of trash that needs to be cleaned up.
 
 

 Check out the great programs offered at the Beardsley and Memorial Library 

40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT  06098     (860) 379-6043          www.beardsleyandmemorial.org

 

Program: Spring Book Bargains!

Date:         Saturday, May 7th

Time:        9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Spring Book Bargains

Find them at the used book sale sponsored by the Friends of Beardsley & Memorial Library which is once again being held in conjunction with the two-day spring tag sale of the Barkhamsted Historical Society and the plant sale of the Barkhamsted Women’s Club.

 

Book Sale, one day only:  Saturday, May 7th, 9 a.m.—2 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Town Garage on Route 44.

 

All proceeds of the book sale will be used to benefit the Library.     

 

 

 FALPS Event- (Friends of American Legion and People's State Forest)

     It appears the April showers are lingering into May. Hopefully the sun will arrive soon and warm things up!

    Upcoming events:

    • Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Hiking Trail Maintenance and Workshop. Meet at Peoples State Forest Headquarters on East River Road.
    • Sunday, May 22, 2016. DEEP “Learn to Fish” 9:00 am – noon at Barkhamsted Highway Garage on Rt. 44 (indoor session) and noon to 3:00 practice and fish fry at Stancliff Cove. Must Pre-Register at: ctfalps@gmail.com as attendance is limited. Equipment provided.
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 National Trails Day educational hike. 9:00 – noon on the Henry Buck Trail in American Legion State Forest. Meet at the north end of Legion Road (gravel road) on West River Road.

    Remember to regularly check our Facebook page. You do not have to be ‘on-Facebook’ to get onto the site. Simply type ‘Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests’ in the search box and it will bring up a link to our Facebook page. The actual address is: https://www.facebook.com/ctfalps.

    You’re invited! At the regularly scheduled FALPS Board of Directors meeting this coming May 18 we will be having a presentation by the DEEP Division of Fisheries on their programs, management plans, and the opportunities they envision working with the FALPS organization. Meeting is at 6:30 pm at the Squires Tavern on East River Road. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. We will be meeting with the Division of Wildlife in July.

Remember to regularly check our Facebook page. You do not have to be ‘on-Facebook’ to get onto the site. Simply type ‘Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests’ in the search box and it will bring up a link to our Facebook page. The actual address is: https://www.facebook.com/ctfalps.

Proposed projects. Last month I indicated the FALPS Board was going to review some proposed projects. The following projects were discussed and details are being worked on:

  • Replace tree ID signs by the Nature museum
  • Reconstruction of the Charcoal mound
  • Lighting in the Pavilion at Peoples
  • Boardwalk to the Beaver Swamp
  • Re-printing Landgraf book on the trails
  • Clear out the Gothic overlook in Peoples
  • Security system at the Nature museum
  • Control of Invasive species
  • Wood duck boxes in Beaver Swamp
  • Plaque for Nature Museum
  • New hiking maps with narrative
  • Raise awareness of illegal ATV use of trails

Exciting Announcement. We will be soon announcing details of an All Trails All Seasons hiking Challenge! Participants will be required to hike all of the trails in American Legion and Peoples State Forests in each of the seasons. Challenge will be topped off with an awards picnic in June 2017! Look for details coming soon.

Website. We had a volunteer step up to help us with a Website. We will keep you informed.

Weekend Opportunity. Weekend with Tom Wessels at Great Mountain Forest, Falls Village CT, June 24-26, 2016.  Learn to read the forested landscape. For more info, contact jean@greatmountainforest.org or call (860)824-8188. 

 

  •                                        FUN EVENTS TO ATTEND IN TOWN!

The Barkhamsted Historical Society is working to preserve and share the history and cu lture of the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted.  In these pages we hope to share with you information, sights and flavors of Barkhamsted, past and present.

   BARKHAMSTED   HISTORICAL  SOCIETY  EVENTS    


       Barkhamsted Historical Society - May Events

The Barkhamsted Historical Society presents Dr. Ken Feder, State Archaeologist, speaking on the archaeological discoveries made at the Native American soapstone quarry in Peoples State Forest. This site has recently been made an archaeological preserve by the State of Connecticut. The program will be held on May 13th @ 7:00pm, at the Barkhamsted Senior Center on West River Road. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Questions – call: Noreen Watson at (860) 738-1152 or Paul Hart at (8600 379-1861.


Barkhamsted Historical Society Annual Tag Sale

The BHS will hold their Annual Tag Sale on May 6&7 at the Barkhamsted Town Garage starting @ 9:00am. We have lots of “new” additions as some of our members are downsizing! At this same event, the Friends of the Winsted Library will be selling books on May 7th and the Barkhamsted Women’s Club will be selling flowers in time for Mother’s Day on the 7th as well. Hope to see you there!


Barkhamsted Historical Society 2016 Old Barkhamsted Day
On May 14th from noon till 4:00pm, the BHS will again host Old Barkhamsted Day at Squires’ Tavern, 100 East River Road, with food for sale and a variety of live demonstrations featuring some of the domestic skills which our ancestors used in their daily lives. We will have a blacksmith, sheep shearing demo, some vendors selling old fashioned foods and, hopefully, live plants and demonstrations of: weaving, rush chair seat weaving, spinning, basket weaving, corn husk dolls and much more. Once again the Lebanon Old Towne Militia will also have an encampment on our lawn. As usual the Tavern will be open for tours. Questions – call: Noreen Watson at (860) 738-1152


Hello Parks and Recreation Friends!

Below is the link to the Album created on Flickr from the Recreation.Summer Camp 2015~   We hope your child had a wonderful time.  

  Barkhamsted Recreation Summer Camp 2015 album by Barkhamsted Recreation Department on Flickr.

 For Parks and Recreation Programs- Please be sure to fill out the Registrationform with the link below.
Parks and Recreation registration form or 
click here to download the form  and mail the payment/form to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road- PO Box 558-Pleasant Valley, CT
 06063    Pre-Registration is required.  (No onsite registration for programs)  Please register before the deadline to ensure your spot.

 

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS

Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below.   If you want to work Summer Camp 2016-Please send in your application early!  The deadline this year will be 

Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Click here for: Junior Counselor Application     (Junior Counselors must be 14 years old)

 
Junior River Ranger Program!    2016
The Wild and Scenic Rivers program of the National Park Service along with the Farmington River Coordinating Committee is offering the Junior River Ranger Program for youth.  Children are able to pick up an activity booklet at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee's office at Squires Tavern,  The Stone Museum at People's State Forest, Barkhamsted Town Hall in the main office.  All children that attended the Barkhamsted Recreation Commission's Summer Camp will recieve a booklet during camp and complete fun lessons throughout our camp week.  Once your child completes their book and has it signed off at one of the above locations, they will receive their badge and award.
   
The Junior River Ranger program is modeled after the Junior Rangers program found in many national parks.  The program allows youth to explore the Wild and Scenic Upper Farmington River and provide them with opportunities to protect and learn more about the river. The River Rangers will be given an activity booklet that teaches them about Wild and Scenic Rivers, the rivers’ special attributes, and how they can help be ambassadors for our incredibly beautiful river.

The booklet has activities that get youth and families out on the river and participate in hands on exploring and learning. The program is geared for children aged 6-12 years old,  but all youth are encouraged to participate if they want to. Once the youth complete the booklet, they can hand it in, have it checked, and receive a badge and certificate stating they are now a Junior River Ranger.
 
For more information on the program, contact Stephan Bastrzycki, River Steward at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee- riversteward@farmington river.org, or check out the committee’s website, www.farmingtonriver.org.   If you would like to help with the program or as an volunteer assistant river steward, volunteers are always welcome!

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS
Employment Applications for Camp Staff, Instructors, Counselors, Junior Counselors and Volunteers and seasonal staff are available at the town hall and on the links below.  

Click here for : EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Click here for: Junior Counselor Application


ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS:

 Burlington Golf Center offers discounted golf lessons for Barkhamsted residents.  Call (860) 675-7320

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