Friends of Brooksvale Park, Inc.

The name of the organization shall be Friends of Brooksvale Park, Inc., a non-profit tax exempt, non-stock corporation organized under the laws of the State of Connecticut.

The purpose of the organization is to provide environmental education, preserve and enhance the integrity of the park’s natural and cultural resources, and serve as an advocate for the park for the benefit of the citizens in the greater Hamden area.

In addition to sponsoring guest speakers and hosting other activities, the Friends group supports the park during four special events throughout the year.

Maple Sugaring – Starting in February, the staff and FOB volunteers collect and boil sap from the park’s Sugar Maple trees to make maple syrup in the Sugar Shack, a converted corn crib near the barn. The craft of sugaring is taught to all of Hamden public school’s 4th grade students and many others. An Open House is held in March and the general public is invited to learn about the process. Syrup that has been produced and bottled by FOB volunteers is sold and the money earned is used to support the park.

CT Trails Day – The first Saturday in June, FOB volunteers join hands with park staff to tackle various trail and park projects as part of a state-wide effort to take care of the great outdoors.

Fall Festival – Begun in 2000, this annual family fun day in September features music, food, games, crafts and nature themed exhibitors. FOB runs a Bake Sale booth and again, money earned is put back into the park.

Wreath Making Workshop – December finds the Veterans’ Memorial Hall filled with fragrant greens and folk learning to make hand-crafted Christmas wreaths. FOB volunteers help park staff teach the craft as well as provide funds to purchase the supplies and refreshments for all who attend. Proceeds are used to better the park.

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