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Recreation Department

(860) 379-2895 Please email Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Director for any questions about programs and camp. Email-
(860) 379-6262
Town Hall
67 Ripley Hill Road
Hours of Operation
Office hours by appointment. Please email- Donna Bastrzycki-Barkahmsted Recreation Director-


The Barkhamsted Recreation Department has many enjoyable programs for you and your family throughout the year. To stay up to date on all of our current programs please check the website and also "like" the Town of Barkhamsted's Facebook Page.  Town traditional events and programs include-The Halloween Dance, Thanksgiving Hike and Pot Luck, Christmas in Riverton-Christmas Crafters Workshop, Ski Club, Karate, Mindful Movement/Yoga, Pickleball, Earth Day, Summer Recreation Camp, Family Fun Summer Event,  Moonlight Canoe and Kayak Trip, PaddleBoarding and Kayaing during the month of July and August with Collinsville Canoe and Kayak and many joint programs with the FRCC River Steward Team, FALPS and with other town and local organizations throughout the year.  When registering for a program, please mail the registration/payment forms to Barkhamsted Parks and Recreation Department -67 Ripley Hill Road  Pleasant Valley, CT 06063. Please sign up before the deadlines to reserve your spot for classes/programs and help ensure safe and fun programs.  The deadlines are set prior to the class to help finalize staffing and supplies.

Additional Info

Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny Visit 2023

                                BIG NEWS!
When:            Saturday-April 8, 2023 
Where:           (The egg hunt will be on the lawn next to the Peter Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio in Riverton)
What time:     2:00 p.m.
What to Bring:  Your Easter Basket to join in on the Easter Egg Hunt and a camera!  The children will be broken up into two separate age groups for a candy and toy filled Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Recreation Commission.  The event will be held rain, snow or shine!!)   Please register for the Easter Egg Hunt before Wed. April 5 through this link-
Summer Camp 2023 Registration link and Summer 2023 Employment Application Link
Barkhamsted Recreation Summer Camp Week

Save the Date!

July 17-21, 2023

The registration deadline is June 3, 2022 or when program is full.  Be sure to register early. Space is limited.

 We have many new fun activities planned.  We hope your child will be a part of this year’s Barkhamsted Recreation Camp week.

  Summer Help Wanted 
Applications are being accepted for Counselors, Junior Counselors and staff for Summer Camp.   Please complete the application from this link- 

Deadline is-Monday, April 3 or when positions are full (completed applications must be received by this date.)  Junior Counselors must be at least 14 years old and counselors must be at least 16 years old. 

Stanclift Cove
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Helping the Wild and Scenic Farmington 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. They 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. The River Steward Team partners with the Recreation Department and other local groups to put on joint events throughout the year. The Steward team is also a part of the Recreation Department's Summer Camp.

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.

Maybe it is a downed tree creating a hazard in the water or an area of trash that needs to be cleaned up.
Recreation Program Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities and Fun Community Events! 

Would you like to help as a volunteer for the Recreation Department? There are many opportunities available such as serving on the Recreation Commission which meet the third Monday of each month from September-June at Town Hall at 7 p.m. and program volunteers. Or do you 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 Recreation Department. There are many opportunities to become invloved. We have several fun joint events throughout the year and are always looking for new volunteers! For more Recreation program info  please email-Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director
Resources and Activities for Families during the COVID-19 pandemic
Resources for Families during the  COVID-19 (Coronavirus)




Cool and Fun Activities

Virtual Field trips- (Take a cool trip without leaving the house!)

Awesome Indoor Ideas including DYI Indoor Bowling!


Virtual Family Outings!

Travel the globe without leaving the house-- check out Earth cam!

Explore Africa and cool animals with this live web cam-

Check out the National Aquarium with its live broadcast!

Watch adorable puppies on live cam!


Coloring Pages


At Home Exercise Workouts

Awesome video series-NCHPAD (National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability



Relaxation and Mindfulness



An Excellent Resource for Parents and Caregivers for supporting those with Autism in uncertain times-from UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Instructive Team-

Game for Autism & SPARK for Autism! continues its free tour across the state of Connecticut in appreciation of SPARK at Yale ( The event uses the Project CASY Mobile Inclusion Arcade and other cool games.  Please see Dr. Roger Jou's post from this link-

I hope you find these resources helpful and will be putting up more resourceful links.

Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Director
FALPS Events

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

Tee shirts are in. We have some of the original artwork shirts and a new style.  Hats are now in also!  They are avalable at the Riverton Store.  

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. Events are FREE unless otherwise stated. Donations are always appreciated.

  • Scheduled events: Inclement weather cancels or postpones hikes. Check the FALPS Facebook page or the Town Calendar for Community Events.

May 2023

“I have never been for a walk in the woods and been disappointed.”
A quote by Walt Landgraf

• The state requires pets to be on a leash no longer than 7 feet.
• New wildflowers will be blooming as the days warm and the daylight lengthens. Listen for the chorus of birds as they search for a mate.
• The woods have a healthy tick population, do yourself and your pets a favor by doing a check after your hike.

FALPS Events
May, 2023

Barkhamsted “Lighthouse” Hike
Saturday, May 6th, 9 a.m., Falls Cut-Off Trailhead, Peoples State Forest, East River Road, Barkhamsted.
Come hike the historical Barkhamsted “Lighthouse” Trail to the site of a Native American community with Dr.
Ken Feder, Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. Ken will discuss the Native Americans and their presence in the forest, pointing out burial sites and other archaeological artifacts
and signs. Free and open to all.

Birding 101 and Then Some!!
Saturday, May 20th, 7-10 a.m., site in Peoples State Forest to be announced.
Registration required. Please e-mail
Join expert birder John Weeks and get tips on how to spot birds using your senses such as hearing to recognize birdsong, sight to gain familiarity with flight patterns and habitat. Binoculars are strongly suggested as well as a willingness to watch and listen.

June, 2023

National Trails Day Hike, Peoples State Forest Saturday, June 3rd, 10 a.m. Meet at Nature Museum, Peoples State Forest, East River Road, Barkhamsted. Come join FALPS Board President, Erik Landgraf for a 6-mile hike ,stopping along the way to talk about the history, plants and mammals of the area. Overlooks and boardwalks will be included in this outing.

 Matthies North Meadows Plantings, Peoples State Forest Friday, June 23rd, 6 p.m. Meet at the Northern parking lot in Matthies Grove, East River Road, Peoples State Forest. Come join Master Naturalist and FALPS’ Board Member, Dave Lewis, to learn about the various plantings going on at the North Meadows, the reason behind the plantings and the future of the area.

July, 2023
Fairy House Program, Nature Museum, Peoples State Forest Saturday, July 29th, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Peoples State Forest Nature Museum, Greenwoods Road (just up from its intersection with East River Road), Barkhamsted. Come join FALPS Board President, Erik Landgraf and his wife and member, Helen Ann, for a fun family program to make Fairy Houses. A Nature walk to collect Fairy House supplies is included. Assembly will take place on the grounds of the Nature Museum.

Work Updates
• A multi-year project continues in the north field with the most recent work parties on planting new shrubs.
• Trees were removed from the Bronson Trail and the Henry Buck Trail.

We have long sleevet shirts, hats, and tee shirts available at the Riverton Store. Stop in for a sandwich, hot chili/soup, or ice cream and treat yourself to a new hat or tee!

Quote of the Month
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature –
the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.”
– Rachel Carson

If you would like to become a member of FALPS and support our mission and activities, you will eligible for member benefits such as the monthly Better Nature Newsletter by FALPS Board Member Dave Lewis, as well as special events. Please visit for information about joining FALPS. FALPS Contact Information: • Website: • Facebook: • E-mail: • Mail: FALPS, PO Box 323, Pleasant Valley, CT 06063 

Staff & Contacts

Donna Bastrzycki
(860) 379-2895 Please email- Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director at for questions about programs or camp.

Staff & Contacts

Donna Bastrzycki
(860) 379-2895 Please email- Donna Bastrzycki-Recreation Director at for questions about programs or camp.

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