Parks & Recreation

Director:  Donna Bastrzycki

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


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 Forms for Fall, Winter and Spring  Programs.  (please click link below!)

Registration Form Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation

Medical Forms (including form for Epi-Pen use)

Nature Camp Registration Forms Click links in blue below (See full info 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


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.    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 People's Forest Pavilion.

At noon the children in Grades entering 2 to 8 are then bused to EAST 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.  Pick up will be at 3 p.m. at East Beach.

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. (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 (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 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 for more information.

Fun Family Field Day and Meet the River Assistant River Stewards  (New Program)

Saturday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m. meet at People's Forest Pavillion.    

Have a fun afternoon while meeting the new Assistant River Stewards of the Farmington River for Summer  2016.  Pick up Jr. River Ranger Booklets for the children, meet the new assistant Stewards, share your passion about the Farmington river and come learn how you can help protect our beautiful river.  (small snacks and fun will be served)   Meet at the People's Forest Pavillion at 2 p.m.   Parents can also register and pick up/drop off forms  for the Recreation Department's Summer camps at this event.  Please RSVP with the number of participants in your family that will attend by Tuesday, May 31 to Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director- 

Fall Soccer Registration is Open- Sign Up Early with the Barkhamsted Soccer Club  NCTRSL = Northwest Connecticut Recreational Soccer League. 

Hello Barkhamsted Soccer Families!

Early registration begins June 1st, 2016 for fall soccer!  Register in the month of June and get a $10 discount per child.  Click on the Log In button at the top of our new website to create an account and register your child soon!  or

Also, to view more details about the upcoming fall season, click here:  Welcome Barkhamsted Soccer Families.


Weightloss and Healthy Eating Clinic  (New Program!) With summer on the way, a lot of us are trying to lose some of that winter weight before enjoying the sun and the sand! Dieting may work, but not for long. Nicole DeRosa, ShopRite of Canton's Registered Dietitian will be coming to teach us what works and what doesn't when trying to lose weight and keep it off for the long term!  She will give great tips for a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.   The program will be held on Thursday, June 30 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  in the Community Room at the Barkhamsted Town Garage- Please reserve your spot to attend by Monday, June 27 to Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director- 

Food Allergies/Sensitivity and Gluten Free Eating Workshop (New Program)Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with a food allergy or sensitivity? Food allergies are hard to deal with, but they're definitely manageable with a little guidance. Nicole DeRosa, ShopRite of Canton's Registered Dietitian, is here to help! In this seminar, she'll explain what a food allergy or sensitivity actually is and provide some tips on how to shop, cook, and eat with a food allergy! The program will be held on Wednesday-July 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  in the Community Room at the Barkhamsted Town Garage- Please reserve your spot to attend by Thursday-July 7 to Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director- 

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 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 for questions.  Registration forms for camps and programs can be found on the Town website at and the forms are under the Recreation section)


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: Junior Counselor Application



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.





Ø Summer Camp Staff



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.) 



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
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

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
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-  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
 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

Beardsley and Memorial Library
40 Munro Place
Winsted, CT  06098
(860) 379-6043

June 2016
Beardsley and Memorial Library Programs
Songbirds of the Northeast – Join naturalist and educator John Root for a presentation featuring both photographs and recordings of our region’s songbirds.  The role of song in these birds’ lives as well as their diet, social behavior, and other adaptations for survival are discussed.  Participants will also learn how to provide an attractive habitat for songbirds.  Songbirds of the Northeast will be held at Beardsley and Memorial Library on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
This program is free and open to the public.
The Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Brian Gillie’s musical performance, The Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Beardsley and Memorial Library on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.  Fast-paced, interactive and hip, Brian Gillie’s musical performance “The Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll” is unlike any history lesson you will ever see or hear! Brian sings and dances his way through this one-hour retro-groove.  History, humor, costumes, props, original sound bites, stand-up piano-playing, radio commercials, impersonations and attitude serve to reveal the sound of rock ‘n’ roll through its first fifteen years.  Free and open to the public.

Bobcats in Connecticut – Bobcats in Connecticut presented by Connecticut DEEP Master Wildlife Conservationists Ginny Apple and Ray Hardy at Beardsley and Memorial Library on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  What’s that lurking outside in the yard-it looks like a domestic cat, but is it?  What are those ungodly screeches in the night- alley cats or not?  There is a growing bobcat population in Connecticut.  Do we welcome it or should we fear it?  Come listen to Master Wildlife Conservationists Ginny Apple and Ray Hardy as they discuss and give a slide show presentation on the bobcat and its growing population in Connecticut.  This program is free and open to the public.
Hiking the Appalachian Trial – Join Sam Ducharme as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry of the Appalachian Trail, at Beardsley and Memorial Library on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m.  Those who attend this program will be treated to a modern day adventure.  In March last year, Sam Ducharme se out on a 2180 mile, 14 state backpacking trip from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin Maine.  During his six month journey he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest.  The images and stories will leave you with a renewed awe of the beauty of our country and its people.  You will also see his gear, how he cooked, and hear what it is like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons.


 FALPS Events- (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: 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:

    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:

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 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 - 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

We have postponed our Tag Sale that was to be held May 6&7 due to the continual rainy weather!! We have rescheduled it to June 17&18,  9am till 3pm, @ the Barkhamsted Town Garage. Be sure to come down as we have lots of “new” additions as some of our members are downsizing and parting with really good items!! The Winsted Library Friends will also be having a used book sale along with us as usual.

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 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: 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, or check out the committee’s website,   If you would like to help with the program or as an volunteer assistant river steward, volunteers are always welcome!

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: Junior Counselor Application


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





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