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Read the 2018 FAll/Winter 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.

Regional Recreation Updates:


Be sure to check out the EARLY INFO on SUMMER CAMPS!!

Community Science Fair

beaker graphicIt's finally almost here

Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00am-2:00pm
At Mascoma Valley Regional High School.

Join friends and Family for a fun STEM themed event in our own community!
10:00am Exhibits will be on display
11:00am-11:45am Sciencetellers
The performance will be in the auditorium
11:30am-1:00pm Concessions will be open
11:30am-2:00pm Hands on Activities

Make a hypothesis and Test density at the Sink or float stations. Explore physics with the bounce test zone. Take flight with and test out aerodynamics with paper planes. Test engineering skills with the marshmallow and toothpick build or the lego build challenges. Have fun at the bubble and bubble wand creation stations. Come and join us for all of these activities and more!

P.S. You can still enter your project into the Science Fair!!! Click Here for an Entry Form!!

smiling sunSpring Coloring Contest

Hosted by the Town of Canaan Recreation Children ages 3 years to 11 are invited to enter the coloring contest.

Pictures can be pricked up from the Canaan town office or the Canaan Town Library.

Pictures should be returned to the town Office no later than Friday April 5th with Child’s Name and Age on the back of the coloring page.

Contest Winners will be announced and given a special little gift at the end of the Canaan Egg Hunt on Saturday April 13th 2019. The Egg Hunt is being hosted at Williams field and begins at 10:00am.

Canaan’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

easter eggsWilliams Field
Saturday April 13, 2019
For Children ages 12 and under

Hosted by Canaan Recreation

10:00 am Egg hunt round one ages 4 and UNDER start on playground.

10:10 am Egg Hunt Round two Ages 4-6 on Playground

10:20 Third and Final Egg hunt round begins in Williams field for Ages 7+

10:45 The winners of the Spring Coloring Contest will be announced

We recommend that each child brings a small bucket or basket. We ask that all eggs are returned to the bins by the log cabin or by the playground so we can use them again. There are a few Golden Eggs Hidden for this event and we ask that only one golden egg is kept by those who find them.

2019 Canaan Summer Camp
Registration opens April 1st

Program details and Registration
will be available online at https://mvpr.recdesk.com/Community/Home
If you have question please email Chelsea Martin at Canaanrec@gmail.com

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Canaan Afterschool Program 2018-2019

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 diretor, 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.

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Recreation Commission 2017 Report

The Canaan Recreation Commission continues to provide programs for youth during the school year as well as during the summer.

  • Canaan Afterschool Program
  • Canaan Street Beach and Swim Program
  • Canaan Summer Camp

The Canaan Recreation Commission provides afterschool care for students K through 5th grade at the Canaan Elementary School. A site supervisor and staff provide care for 22 – 28 children Monday through Friday during the school year. Our afterschool program is currently at capacity and has a wait list for requests for care. We are looking at ways to accommodate these requests for care by looking at other possible sites outside of the Canaan Elementary School. The Commission also is exploring the feasibility of providing ways to support youth academically through tutoring and study groups.

children at crafts table

The Canaan Recreation Commission along with the invaluable support of Town Maintenance and the Canaan Street Lake Association provided a safe, well maintained beach front and bath house for the public. Swim lessons were also provided for over 40 area children by two Red Cross certified swim instructors.

children in swim lessonsA special thanks to Christina Jones who took on the job of Beach Supervisor; overseeing life guards, swim instructors and the daily maintenance of the beach and bath house providing a safe and well maintained waterfront. Thanks to Kati Jopek, Canaan and Enfield youth interested in maintaining their current guarding and swim instruction certifications or youth interested in pursuing first time certifications were able to take advantage of classes at Colby Sawyer College in the spring.

Working closely with Lenny Angelli, lifeguards participated in trainings to refresh their skills and knowledge in First Aid and CPR along with trainings to update current practices in water safety. The commission purchased a new rescue/backboard, along with safety rescue tubes. We had a well maintained waterfront supervised by a trained and professional staff!!

Canaan Recreation offered many youth afterschool activities for children, kindergarten through fourth grade; Chess Club, Fall Arts and Crafts, Holiday Arts and Crafts. Game Club, and sewing. We are always looking for adults interested in offering students opportunities to try something new, classes usually run from four to six weeks, one day a week from 3:15 until 4:30. Many children have expressed an interest in a lego club, photography, and outdoor games. Let us know if you are interested in running a class!

children working in gardenThe Canaan Recreation Commission provided a summer camp for 40 area youth, kindergarten through 5th grade this summer, our fourth year housing our camp at Canaan Elementary School. We were able to rent a 10 passenger van in order to bus camp kids to swimming lessons and to provide opportunities for afternoon swimming. Once a week we were able to use the Town Meeting House as a base camp and spend the day up on Canaan Street offering arts and crafts, outdoor play and of course, plenty of swimming and digging in the sand at Canaan Street Beach! Campers used the Canaan library every week selecting books for quiet reading or for whole group reading. We are currently reaching our capacity to house Canaan Summer Camp at the Elementary School. We are looking at other sites to support the growing numbers of requests for camp opportunities for children. We would also like to expand our camps to include middle school aged children.

children playing on beach children creating bean trellis

The Canaan Recreation Commission continues to support Finding Our Stride, a running program for boys and girls at Canaan Elementary School, theater Camp which is organized and run by Katie Jopek and Christmas in Canaan. Marcia Littlefield stepped down as the Chairman of Canaan Recreation at the end of the year. We would like to thank her for her years of service on the Canaan Recreation Commission.

Marcia LittlefieldMarcia was vital in helping to revive Canaan Street Beach Programs and the Canaan Summer Camp. Marcia planned, supported and directed many community events recruiting Honor Society students to support these event.

She worked hard to make the Williams Field playground a reality. Marcia was also instrumental in organizing the recreation non-lapsing account to fund recreation through user fees. She has a great love of community and dedicated many hours toward bringing people of all ages together.

We are still in need of members for our commission. Our meetings are every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 at the Selectman’s Conference Room. Please contact Bev Chapman if interested in supporting recreation: Bev Chapman at bchpmn@msn.com

Sincerely, Canaan Recreation Commission