More added to Winter on the Farm

Kids ages 5-11 can head to the festively decorated Brooksvale Garden where FOB Member Debbie will help you make a Snowman Scarf. She also makes great masks which can be yours for a $2 donation.

The other crafts will be near the historic barn. Location will be determined on that day to be sure you’re out of the wind and hopefully in the sunshine

Check previous posts, the FOB facebook page or Hamden Patch calendar as details develop.

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Winter on the Farm Update

Throughout the day…throughout the park. Well actually from 10-2.

Blacksmith Demo by Pete at the Sugar Shack

Children’s Games in the grassy area near the chicken Coop

Pinecone Bird Feeder craft (and others) outside the upper level of the Historic Barn
(while supplies last) with FOB member Shari

Brooksvale’s Animals Prepare for Winter at the FOB Animal Barn with the help of park staff

Animals in Winter with intern Josh at the Nature Center in the lower level of the Veterans’ Memorial Building

Hot Cocoa served by FOB President Gail in the Veterans’ Memorial Building

Handmade Bows to decorate your wreath, door or mailbox for a $5 donation see FOB members Judy & Kathleen in the Veterans’ Memorial Building

Timed Events

The events below are at specific times and are only offered then. If you’re interested in one meet at the main kiosk in front of the big red barn.

10:00 – Tales from the Woods with Tanta Kirsten – Story & Nature Walk geared to younger children.

10:30 – Guided Bird Walk led by FOB Member and avid birder Alan Malina geared to older children and adults.

11:00 – Trail Hike led by FOB Member Steve Updegrove geared to older children and adults.

11:30 – Tales from the Woods with Tanta Kirsten – Story and Nature Walk geared to younger children.

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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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