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Spring is just around the corner, and we have so many enjoyable activities for you and your family to register for!

Photo by Donna Carney-Basktrzycki Hiking
Workshop Fitness and Photography Tips and Tricks

St. Patrick’s Weekend Hike and Hiking Workshop at Sunrise Park- Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend! “Hiking Fitness and Photography Tips and Tricks from day hikes to epic adventures.”

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend and join the Suffield Parks and Recreation Department, Reach Your Summit and The Trees for Suffield Initiative, and for this one of a kind fun, interactive workshop going over all you need to know about day hiking basics in the Nutmeg state. This workshop will go over important tips and tricks for fitness hiking, trip planning basics, Leave No Trace Principles and concepts of hiking for improved fitness and well-being – in addition to enjoying and highlighting your hike with photography. Each participant will also receive an updated map of Sunrise Park. Hear stories; learn essentials that can help make your day hiking experiences better with Reach Your Summit guide and owner Mat Jobin’s first-hand experience from guiding groups for over 14 years and tackling solo pursuits and thru hikes. Following the workshop, there will be a short, guided hike in beautiful Sunrise Park for all levels and abilities. (There will be a beginner hike for the younger children, families and those who wish to go on a shorter hike, then a more advanced hike for all those who wish for a longer hike.) Please be sure to bring a water bottle, wear proper hiking footwear and dress in layers. This is the perfect program to learn more about hiking and gear and to enjoy our beautiful Sunrise Park and trees while also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the whole family!

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to take better photos in the outdoors and at beautiful Sunrise Park. (Bring your camera or phone to snap away!) Participants are encouraged to submit photos in the Trees for Suffield Initiative’s 2024 Photo contest. Participants will learn more about the contest at the workshop.

The Trees 4 Seasons Contest will celebrate Suffield’s trees and increase awareness of the benefits trees provide all year long. Experienced or aspiring photographers, youth or adult, are eligible to apply. Take new photos or search your archives for past favorites. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2024. For questions contact Contest details and entry form:

Mat Jobin, owner of Reach Your Summit, Stephan Bastrzycki, Parks and Recreation volunteer, and Donna Carney-Bastrzycki, Director of Special Programs, Suffield Parks and Recreation Department, will lead the program. The program will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 1-3 p.m. at the Sunrise Park Upper Pavilion and is for all ages. The hikes are recommended for adults and families with children. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 13.

Family Fun Day-Spring and Easter Egg-stravaganza

Join us for an “egg-citing” fun family afternoon as we participate in Easter and Spring Crafts, play games, go on an indoor egg hunt and even have a surprise visit with the Easter Bunny with photos! This event is fun for all families and all ages and will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 2-4 p.m. at the Senior Center. For more info and to register,

Community Composting

Come celebrate Earth Day early as we kick-off spring with a Composting Workshop for the whole family on Monday, April 1 from 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, hosted by Sustainable Suffield, Suffield Youth Services and the Parks and Recreation Department. Starting at 6 p.m. speakers from the UConn Master Composter program, Deanna Fontaine-Motyl and Beth Ann Loveland, both UConn Master Composters, will teach us about the science, benefits, and best practices of composting. There will also be time to have your specific questions answered. A pizza dinner and snacks will be served from 5:30-6 p.m.Please register by Wednesday, March 27 at

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