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.


Upcoming Events

February 2020

Sunday, February 2, 1-4 p.m.
Pre-Super Bowl Hike. Meet at Matthies Grove picnic area (main entrance to Peoples SF, East River Road, Barkhamsted) and we’ll work up an appetite for watching football. Refreshments will follow at Squire’s Tavern. Free and open to all.

Sunday, February 23rd, 1-4 p.m.
Signs in the Forest. Join DEEP Wildlife Biologist, Peter Picone on a wildlife talk/hike through Peoples State Forest. Some of this hike will be off-trail bushwhacking. Read what signs forest wildlife leave behind and learn about their habitats and survival techniques. What do they eat? Where do they hide? What track is that? Meet at Matthies Grove picnic area (main entrance to Peoples SF, East River Road, Barkhamsted). Refreshments to follow. Free and open to all.

March 2020

Sunday, March 15th, 4-5:30 p.m.
Maple Sugaring: Keeping it Real in New England, Barkhamsted Community Room, 33 New Hartford Road (rt. 44) by the Town Garage.

Join David K. Leff for a slide-illustrated talk about maple sugaring. Explore the mysteries and mystique of maple sugaring and meet the dedicated, sometimes quirky folks who make it. Find out how this ancient northeastern North American product was discovered and the high-tech techniques it takes to produce it today. Are sugar-makers the canary in the coal mine for climate change?  Why do some people think maple syrup is the next miracle food? Learn how you can make and enjoy your own syrup. As a former sugar-maker and Board member of the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producers Association, David will give you an insider’s view. His book, Maple Sugaring: Keeping it Real in New England, will be available for sale and signing. 

For more about the book Maple Sugaring: Keeping it Real in New England go to: https://davidkleff.typepad.com/home/2015/09/maple-sugaring.html

Sunday, March 29th, 2:30-4 p.m.
How to Coexist with Bears in our Midst: The Facts, the Myths, the Reality, Squire’s Tavern, 106 East River Road, Barkhamsted, CT

Join Ginny Apple, a FALPS Board Member and Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), as she talks about black bears, focusing on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, including some bears in American Legion and Peoples State Forests, and an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction and current research efforts. She also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population and her personal observations on CT Black Bears.


Work Update:

We have had several work parties during the past month. We installed 72 feet of bog bridge on the Henry Buck Trail, 48 feet of bog bridge on the Turkey Vulture Ledges Trail, and 40 feet of bog bridge on the Agnes Bowen Trail! Come spring time mud it will make a world of difference. Our Thanks to Jim and Peter Hart for donating 6 x 6 locust cants for this project. We also took great pains to level the observation deck on the boardwalk. We brought up the outside of the deck and still have to raise one other corner. We removed numerous trees that fell across the Henry Buck Trail. If you would enjoy getting out and doing these kinds of projects please let us know. We always need help and have many more work projects in the pipeline!

Hats and tee shirts and the Anniversary 2020 Calendar are 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! These items make great Holiday gifts!!

I hope to see you in the woods!

Ralph Scarpino

FALPS President