Winter on the Farm

Winter on the Farm
Saturday, December 4
Brooksvale Park – Hamden
Ever wonder how the farm animals at Brooksvale Park stay warm during the winter? Did you know the sugar shack is converted to a smithy from time to time? Have you ever taken a winter hike at the park to look for signs of the native animals that call it home? Spend some time at the park on December 4 and you can experience all that and much, much more!
Just because we can’t hold our annual wreath workshop doesn’t mean we can’t have fun at the park. Visit the Animal Barn and the caretakers will tell you how the animals prepare naturally for winter and how the staff helps too. It won’t be sugarin’ season yet but if you meander by the Sugar Shack you can learn about blacksmithing. There will be crafts set up outdoors for the kids to make and you can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa to warm you a bit up at the Veterans’ Memorial Building. Yes, with mini-marshmallows!
For many years those who have come to the wreath workshop have commented on the quality of the beautiful bows made by MaryAnn & Judy. This year the bows will be ready for you to put on wreaths you make at home (now that you’re pros) or purchase elsewhere, for a suggested donation of $2-$5 which goes to FOB to support educational programs at the park. And, if all goes well, our normal wreath making workshop will be back in 2022.
Tales from the Woods with Tanta Kirsten is being planned for younger children as well as a hike for adults led by a FOB member. There will be other learning stations in addition to games for the kids (and kids at heart). We’ll add more as we have the details so keep checking back on the Friends of Brooksvale Facebook page, Instagram (Brooksvale Park) and the Friends of Brooksvale Park website (
Volunteers are needed to help with crafts and activities. If you’re interested, contact Ranger Vinny by calling 203-287-2669 or send him an email,
Inclement weather will cancel the event. Check back to the same postings or call for a recorded message if you’re unsure the day of. Please remember this event is 99% out of doors so DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. If it’s cold, wear your warm woolies. If it’s mucky or snow is on the ground, wear boots. If it’s raining, stay dry and warm at home.
Brooksvale Park is located at 524 Brooksvale Ave. just a mile off Route 10 (Whitney Ave.) in Northern Hamden nearer the Cheshire town line.
This FREE program is presented by Hamden’s Department of Recreation with the support of the Friends of Brooksvale Park, Inc.

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