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Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation

COVID-19 Update

Based on the school district closures and the recommendation of our local Emergency Management Director, we are postponing the following recreation programs and activities:

o Adult Basketball (Sundays)
o Mascoma Valley Guitar Orchestra (Sundays)
o Adult Volleyball (Sundays)
o Chair Yoga (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)
o Tap & Primary Dance Club (Wednesdays)
o Line Dancing (Thursdays)
o Italian Conversation Club (Saturdays)

The above mentioned programs will be postponed until at least the week of April 6th, but please stay tuned for information regarding changes to this tentative date. In spite of the cancellations and postponements, we would like to still like to encourage our community members to remain physically active during this time.

If you do decide to head out to a public park or for walk/bike/run on a public trail, please follow the below recommendations from the National Recreation & Parks Association to help keep you safe on our public trails and in our public parks.

We are still strongly recommending that you avoid playgrounds and do not allow your children to climb on playground structures - they are not currently cleaned or sanitized regularly.

Recommendations for trail users on observing social distancing minimums:

• Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.

• Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.

• Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.

• Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms

• Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.

• Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers

The Mascoma region is full of outdoor recreation opportunities that you can participate in and still be compliant with social distancing (maintaining 6 feet of space) - For folks who are comfortable going outdoors and have not been told to stay home, we encourage you to stay active by walking, running, hiking or biking on local trails.

Below is a short list of local outdoor recreation opportunities and links to find more information about how to access them. There are lots of other outdoor recreation opportunities and we would be happy to share them with you if you interested!

  • Enfield Class VI Road & Trails: https://www.enfield.nh.us/sites/enfieldnh/files/uploads/classvitrails.pdf

  • Enfield Trails & Waterways: https://www.enfield.nh.us/conservation-commission/pages/trails-kayak-waterways

  • Harris Brook Scenic Area: https://www.enfield.nh.us/conservation-commission/pages/harris-brook-scenic-area

  • Walking Guide to Canaan: http://canaannh.org/boards/recreation/trails.html

  • Cardigan Mountain State Park: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/cardigan-mountain-state-park

  • Canaan Town Forest: http://canaannh.org/boards/conservation_commission/consv-hut-map.pdf

  • Town of Canaan Natural Attractions: http://canaannh.org/community/visit.html

  • Go for a walk along the Rail Trail or just meander around your back yard - whatever you are comfortable with! The NH Audubon has just launched their spring "Seek & Find - Spring Nature Challenge" - the first challenge involves spotting turkeys. Learn more about this fun outdoor challenge through this link: http://www.nhaudubon.org/get-outside/seek-and-find-spring-nature-challenge/

    In addition to getting outdoors, we are also recommending that you try and continue your yoga practice or fitness routine at home! Our fabulous yoga instructors have provided links to some of their favorite online yoga and meditation classes - take advantage of their years of knowledge and experience and continue your yoga practice at home!

    Online Meditation Classes & Stress Management Resources: Ten Percent Happier is offering a free Coronavirus Sanity Guide, designed to help you cope with this moment of uncertainty and anxiety- https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide They are also offering a live "sanity break" every weekday at 3pm - check out the link for more details.

    Free Yoga & Meditation Classes Online: Ekhart Yoga is offering 12 free yoga and meditation classes, specifically designed to help relieve stress and anxiety - https://relief.ekhartyoga.com/

    MVPR is also starting a virtual yoga group on Facebook to help encourage our community members to stay active and continue their yoga practices at home! Like and follow our event to join in. We have a 9am and 4pm virtual yoga class planned each day!

    Virtual Yoga Class - MVPR Facebook Event: Like and follow the MVPR Virtual Yoga Facebook Event and make a commitment to practice yoga in your home while our in-person classes are not being offered. Encourage a friend to join you! We will post new links in the discussion section and welcome others to share classes they've enjoyed - https://www.facebook.com/events/215966

    Stay active, stay safe & stay healthy!


    “Community Easter Egg Hunt: Social-Distancing-Style”

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    Let’s brighten up the Mascoma Valley with some spring spirit in the form of brightly-colored Easter Eggs. To register click HERE to participate in this fun community event – there is no fee to participate:

    Create your own festive Easter Egg using materials that will withstand the elements.  Place it outside your home where it can be easily viewed and enjoyed from the road– the official Egg Hunt will take place from April 8th – April 11th.  Between now and April 8th take a photo of your egg(s) and share it in the Facebook event, or email the picture to mvalleyrec@gmail.com.


    With Easter barely two weeks away, many of the traditional egg hunts that families look forward to each year won’t be taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.This activity is somewhere between a traditional Easter morning and a road-trip “I Spy’ game.


    Organizers are encouraging people to use items they have around their homes or repurposing materials from their recycling bins. The activity could be a good fit for parents who are now home-schooling their children or others who want to do something new while they’re practicing social distancing.



    Learn about Area Events & Opportunities for Cultural & Physical life Enrichment.

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    Read the Fall/Winter 2019/2020 Rec Newsletter: Play Mascoma Valley!

    To have your local organization or community event added to the next newsletter, please email: mvalleyrec@gmail.com. Our goal is to provide the community with a comprehensive guide of all the great activities and events happening in the Mascoma Valley.

    To learn more about local events and attractions, go to the VISIT CANAAN Page.



    Chelsea Martin who served as Canaan's Recreation Director last year has left the position to take another position. Watch for a celebration of Chelsea's work last year in the February Town Report. Thank you Chelsea for your new initiatives and help last year.

    We will be advertising for a replacement director in April. The position is a part-time position of about 20 hours a week. If you are interested, please email townadmin@canaannh.org.


    Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation - sponsors the

    Challenger International Soccer Camp
    Sign-Up has begun for
    June 22nd - 26th & July 20th - 31st

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    Click HERE for PDF


    Thank You!

    Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation would like to thank the Mascoma Bank Donation and Sponsorship Committee for their generous donation and support of our local recreation summer camp. Without their support, our camp would not have been able to provide transportation for field trips and camp outings to great places like a NH Fisher Cats Baseball Game, the Montshire Museum, Lebanon Memorial Pool and a number of NH hiking destinations. On behalf of the camp staff, the campers and Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation - THANK YOU MASCOMA BANK!

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    panoramic view of kids at ball stadium

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    Canaan Recreation Commission

    Please consider joining the Recreation commission. Meetings are regularly held the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm at the Town Conference Room. Canaan Recreation Commission is seeking support and feedback from community members regarding current programs and several new programs and events that will be added during 2019 and 2020.

    In 2019 we have restarted after school arts and craft programs, started an introductory Cheer leading program, hosted a science fair including a performance by Science Tellers, hosted an Easter egg hunt, held an ice cream social and games in the park, offered swim lessons and extended the Canaan Recreation Summer Camp program hours as well as added an extra week to the schedule and continue to run a successful after-school program hosted at Canaan Elementary school .

    There is a tentative plan for adding more after school activities for the Canaan Elementary School youth including a fall and spring theater club, monthly arts and crafts sessions September-April, a Garden Club, as well as other interest area activities. We are planning on hosting Group Hikes this fall at The Canaan Town Trail and Cardigan Mountain, Halloween event and Vacation Camps for the 2020 February and April School Vacation weeks.

    We are in need of more ideas for adult activities and of course any other ideas and suggestions.

    Canaan Recreation Coordinator

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    Canaan Afterschool Program 2020

    CASP provides a structured environment for kindergarten through fourth grade students to be active, safe and to have fun after their school day at Canaan Elementary School. Homework will also be supported by CASP staff at parent’s request. Children will participate in outdoor/indoor play, arts and crafts, games and special activities.

    CASP is not in session during school closings or snow days.
    Monday – Friday, 3:15 – 6:00 pm
    Cost: $10:00 day for regular school days Early Release Day Charge: $15:00

    Drop-In Policy: Parents may request afterschool care for an unexpected need. Student must be already registered and there must be available space.

    You can download a Canaan Afterschool Program Application on here. You can also pick up an application at Canaan Elementary School or at the Canaan Town Office.

    Contact the Program Administrator, Tammy Daley, at tdaley@mvrsd.org for more information.

    Ongoing Programs:

    Click on Events Titles for Details!
    Click this link if you need a Mascoma Valley Parks & Rec General Recreation Application Form.

    Click this link to check if Online Registration is available.

    Each form may be filled in, and then saved to your computer for printing or emailing as an attachment. After you have opened the form, roll your mouse along the bottom of your screen to view printing and saving icons.


    Recreation Commission 2018 Report

    In 2018 Canaan Recreation commission continued to run the Canaan After School Program (CASP), Canaan Summer Camp, swim lessons at Canaan Street Beach. The Canaan recreation Commission partnered with Mascoma Valley Recreation to launch a new summer camp hosted at the Mascoma Valley High School.

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    children playing in gym

    Canaan After school programs: The Canaan After School Program is run by a small group of very dedicated staff that provide a wonderful program that is fun, safe and structured. While attending CASP the students get outside and moving in every season. While down time and fun are a large part of the the program; scheduled homework and reading time is considered equally important. In 2018, the After School program continued to be hosted at Canaan Elementary School. We are continuing to look for additional space to use to grow this and other program. We are also working on expanding the program to possibly include February and April vacation weeks for the 2019-2020 school year. Other enriching activity options continued to be explored.

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    Summer Camp:Summer of 2018 brought with it several changes to the Canaan Summer camp. The Regional Coordinator worked with Canaan Recreation Commission to create and launch a camp for students entering fourth grade to sixth grade. This program was hosted at Mascoma Valley high School.

    Canaan Street Beach and Swim Programs: Canaan Street Beach hosted another year of very successful swim lessons. This year there was a state wide shortage of Lifeguards and instructors. The Canaan Street Beach Swim lessons were offered in coordination with the Enfield Recreation. Swim instructors provided a great opportunity of quality Swim instruction at both Canaan Street Beach and Shacoma Beach.

    Christmas in Canaan: The Canaan Recreation had a station set up on the common with glow in the dark candy cane fishing, glow ring toss and a snowball toss game. The station was well attended. We appreciate all the folks who took the time to fill out the surveys.

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    child making craft

    Arts and Crafts program ran on Fridays for three weeks after school in December. Canaan Elementary students participated The program was a huge hit with 18 students participating and still more interested.

    Canaan Recreation Commission
    Bev Chapman, Out-Going Town Recreation Coordinator
    Chelsea Martin, Town Recreation Coordinator