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Recreation Department

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


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, Pickleball, Earth Day, Summer Recreation Camp,  Moonlight Canoe and Kayak Trip, PaddleBoarding program with Morsel Munk during the month of July 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.


Currently, there are no upcoming meetings posted for this entity.
Recently Held
May 29, 2021

Additional Info

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.


So far, our outdoor programs have been doing well.
Let’s hope we can continue! 
Check out what we have planned below:

Spring is here!  Wildflowers are still out. Various flowers are still emerging well into May.  The Lady Slippers should be out around Memorial Day weekend.  A good place to see them is just above the Nature Museum on the Robert Ross Trail.

Check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ctfalps/) or website (https://falps.org/) and our latest YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuvjea_puh0).  We started this last summer and got tremendous help from a retired DEEP friend.

  • As you continue to utilize the forests on your own, please remember not to bunch up – keep that 6-foot distance between people.
  • The ticks are out! Check yourself after a day in the woods! 
Remember: No matter what ails you, there is no better prescription or more effective therapy than a walk in the woods!

The pollinator garden should be beautiful with daffodils this month.  New annuals will be planted as we prepare for a switch to perennials.  Check it out.

Saturday, May 15, Learn to Bird hike:  Begins at 7:00 am. A great time of the year to see and learn about local and migratory birds.  Bring binoculars!!!  NOTE the 7:00 am time.  Registration is required and we will limit the number of participants.  Contact us at ctfalps@gmail.com  if you are interested.

Saturday, May 29, the Lady Slipper Ramble hike:  Meet at the parking area for the Nature Museum off of Greenwoods Road at 10:30 am.  Lady slippers should be in full bloom.  3-mile hike, easy to moderate trails.

Sunday, June 6th, Hike & Seek Scavenger Hunt Hike with Scout Marina Dyndiuk, 1:30 p.m:
Come check items off your list for the FALPS’ Hike & Seek Scavenger Hunt. Marina has plotted a hike that will take you by some of the spots and you can check them off.  Meeting spot and route to be announced soon.

Saturday, June 19th, Hike to the Native American Soapstone Quarry with Ken Feder, retired Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University, 9:30 a.m: Meet at the Elliott Bronson trailhead on Park Road. Ken will lead us to the Quarry and talk about the soapstone that was carved into bowls by Native Americans 2800 years ago.

Work Update:
  • We have cleared downed trees from the Charles Pack, Robert Ross, Elliott Bronson and Agnes Bowen Trails.
  • We transplanted some flowering shrubs (Hobble Bush) near the pollinator garden.
  • We replaced a 25-foot bridge on the Robert Ross Trail.
  • We also did a short re-route (500 feet) of part of the Agnes Bowen Trail to get it off of Greenwoods Road. We built a short bridge and installed some bog bridging. There are quite a few Painted Trillium (https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/trillium_undulatum.shtml) on this new section. 
If you would enjoy getting out and doing trail work or other types of outdoor projects, please let us know. We always need help and have many more work projects in the pipeline!
We have New Style Hats and T-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! Think Mother’s Day!!
I hope to see you in the woods!
Ralph Scarpino
FALPS President

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-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.

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    barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us
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!)  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvIdgTx9djKO6SjyvPDsoGlkgE3iExmi3qh2KRRku_w/mobilebasic

Awesome Indoor Ideas including DYI Indoor Bowling!  https://www.hisawyer.com/blog/activities-to-do-at-home-as-a-family


Virtual Family Outings!

Travel the globe without leaving the house-- check out Earth cam!  https://www.earthcam.com/

Explore Africa and cool animals with this live web cam- https://explore.org/livecams/african-wildlife/african-watering-hole-animal-camera

Check out the National Aquarium with its live broadcast!  https://www.aqua.org/Experience/live#btr

Watch adorable puppies on Explore.org live cam!    https://explore.org/livecams/currently-live/service-puppy-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 (https://SPARKforAutism.org/Yale). The event uses the Project CASY Mobile Inclusion Arcade and other cool games.  Please see Dr. Roger Jou's post from this link-https://www.facebook.com/165053420875425/posts/529316707782426/

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

Donna Bastrzycki-Barkhamsted Recreation Director

Staff & Contacts

Donna Bastrzycki
(860) 379-2895 Please email- barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us for questions about programs or camp.

Staff & Contacts

Donna Bastrzycki
(860) 379-2895 Please email- barkhamstedrec@barkhamsted.us for questions about programs or camp.

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