Community & Recreation Resources

The Winooski Valley Park District provides residents in the Chittenden County area with large natural areas for outdoor recreation and education. It is a public, non-profit corporation that was charted in 1972. It is funded by its member communities, membership dues, grants and private donation. The Park District’s goals are to acquire and manage open space, wildlife habitat, and natural areas. Their Colchester Pond site connects to Essex’s Indian Brook Conservation Area.

Partners in Adventure Day Camp provides unique experiences to young people with and without disabilities, that foster independence and build self-esteem.

ActiveParks is a collaborative venture between the National Recreation and Park Association and This landmark database allows citizens to find recreation facilities and associated activities in virtually every American neighborhood.

The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is the first and only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 14 and under.

University of Minnesota Assignment Calculator. Tell the form on this site the topic of your next school paper and when the beast is due, and this site will quickly map a schedule of attack with advice on what to do, how to do it, and what sort of resources can help.

The Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates and communicates new knowledge, and brings together community, state, and national leaders.

At the heart of the institute’s work is the framework of 40 developmental assets, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

GoGirlGo! - a program geared toward attracting girls, ages 8 to 18, into being active. This site has been launched by the non-profit Women’s Sports Foundation, whose three-year initiative includes; $2.6 million in grants for activity programs that serve economically disadvantaged girls; advice from Olympic and other top female athletes about female health; adult mentors for Vermont Recreation and Parks Association girls and high school athletes as peer leaders who promote exercise; and the GoGirlGo website which includes tips on becoming involved in a variety of sports activities.

Vermont Recreation and Parks Association Opens in new windowVermont Recreation and Parks Association (VRPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, development, and improvement of all recreation and park services within the State of Vermont. The mission of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association is to provide professional development, resources, and activities to help "Create Community through People, Parks and Programs."

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National Recreation and Parks Assoc Opens in new windowFor more than 40 years the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) has advocated the importance of thriving,National Recreation and Parks Association local park systems, the opportunity for all Americans to lead healthy, active lifestyles, and the preservation of great community places.

Local Motion Opens in new windowLocal Motion Trail Finder - Your source for hiking, biking, and cross country ski trails in Chittenden County and beyond.

Venture Crew 6689

Venture Crew 6689: Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and under 21 years of age. Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Crew 6689 meets at VFW post 6689 and focuses on high adventure fun-filled activities. Contact Crew Committee Chair TJ Jackman for more information. 

TJ Jackman,

Boy Scouts of AmericaBoy Scouts Troop 624 of Essex Junction is one of the most active troops in the state. Boys in 6th-12th grade are empowered to run their own program. We have weekly meetings, monthly outings, service projects, and plenty of hikes and camping. Scouting is like a one-stop shop to get a little bit of all sorts of activities and life skills. To learn more, contact Scoutmaster Robert Haggerty,

Robert Haggerty:, 802-233-2443. You can also learn more about Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Scouts at

Brownell Library Opens in new windowThe Brownell Library is located on Lincoln Street, just a few steps from Five Corners. The public is welcome to browse the large collection of books, magazines, audio, and video. Free internet and wifi. Free programs for kids, teens, and adults, including story times, movie nights, First Wednesdays with the Vermont Humanities Council, First Fridays featuring piano performances, and Dine and Discuss Book Club with a potluck supper featuring a book-related menu. See library catalog and program calendar at

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Building Bright Futures Opens in new windowBuilding Bright Futures is a nonprofit organization that seeks to assure that all Vermont children are healthy and successful by improving the quality, affordability and accessibility of services for families with children under the age of six in the areas of health, early care, and education. Come join other families for a free playtime with your child(ren) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11am. Bring a drink and indoor shoes. On Thursdays, parents take turns bringing a shared snack each week. We will have art, sensory, storytime, and songs.

Maple Street Recreation Center

Center for Technology Essex Opens in new windowCenter For Technology Essex (CTE) is an award-winning career development center that strives to prepare young people and adults for current and emerging careers. Students who successfully complete CTE programs (in one or two years) are eligible for careers in their field and for post-secondary educational opportunities. It is important that students who apply to CTE understand that their academic skills, career aptitude and genuine interest are essential components for future success. Every CTE student will engage in applied academic-technical education that meets high school graduation requirements while also focusing on workplace preparation and direct workplace experiences.

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Cub Scout Pack 630 Opens in new windowCub Scout Pack 630 of Essex Junction is one of the most active packs in the state. Boys in kindergarten through 5th grade participate in various adventures, including building pinewood derby cars, overnight trips to museums, family camping weekends, swimming, hiking, fishing, climbing, STEM projects and more. Dens have monthly meetings with a joint monthly pack meeting and optional monthly outings and service projects. Scouting is like a one-stop shop to get a little bit of all sorts of activities and life skills while building character. For more information contact our Cubmaster Peter Pelaia or visit our website.

Peter Pelaia, 802-489-6057

Essex Chargers Football Opens in new windowEssex Chargers Youth Football: What kind of day is it? It’s a great day for football! EYFL is a member of the Northern Vermont Youth Football League (NVYFL), with flag teams for grades 2-4 and tackle teams for grades 5-8.

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Essex CHIPS Teen CenterAt Essex CHIPS (Community Helping to Inspire People to Succeed) & Teen Center, youth work in collaboration with adults to find the best ideas and solutions to the challenges that face our community. Together, we deliver youth programming, parent education, substance abuse prevention campaigns, and direct local healthy living initiatives. Our mission is to unite the community in an environment where people are empowered to make healthy choices through youth-adult partnerships, youth leadership, and civic engagement.

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Essex Community Calendar Opens in new windowEssex Community Calendar: Your one-stop shop for all events happening in Essex!

Essex Community Justice Center Opens in new windowThe Essex Community Justice Center (Essex CJC) has provided restorative justice approaches to crime and conflict in the greater Essex community since 2003. Working closely with the Essex Police Department and the Department of Corrections, the Essex CJC seeks to make Essex and its surrounding communities safer and stronger through community involvement. Most services are provided by community volunteers who work to support those affected by crime and hold accountable those who caused harm.  The Essex CJC also provides restorative practice trainings and workshops for local schools and other organizations’ working with youth.


Essex Junction Lions Club Opens in new windowThe Essex Junction Lions Club is a civic organization of volunteers serving Essex Junction and the surrounding area. Lions Clubs worldwide took up sight conservation as their major goal after a speech by Helen Keller at the Lions Convention in 1925. At the time, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind", a challenge that has become a rallying cry for Lions projects around the world.


Essex Junction Little League Opens in new windowEssex Junction Little League provides boys and girls (kindergarten–age 12) an opportunity to learn and play baseball. In addition to baseball skills, the children learn the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and perseverance. EJLL encourages all players of eligible age to come out and play regardless of ability. We are proud to be part of the Positive Youth Sports Alliance of Essex. Scholarships are available based on need. Registration for 2014 is February 2.

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Essex Junction Senior CenterEssex Area Senior Center: Need some new interests in your life? Then come over to the Senior Center, located on the first floor of Lincoln Hall. The Center is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. You will find many activities to enjoy, including planned trips, lively conversations, books, television, games, and much more. 

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Essex Senior Citizens IncEssex Senior Citizens, Inc.: This lively group meets every Wednesday at the Essex Junction Recreation Center from 11:30am-1pm, co-sponsored by Essex Junction Recreation and Parks and Essex area churches. Lunch includes soup, sandwich, and dessert for $2. On the last Wednesday of each month we celebrate birthdays and folks are welcome to bring a dish and pay $2 or without a dish pay $4. An entertaining program follows. A great place for Essex residents age 55+ to meet new friends. 

Essex Senior VansEssex Senior Vans: For Essex seniors age 60 and older, free for any appointment within the Town of Essex (including Essex Junction).  The vans are equipped with a wheelchair lift and operate Monday through Friday, 9am–4pm and Saturday, 8am–12pm.  Call 878-6940 between the hours of 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday, the day before your need.

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Essex Skating FacilityThe Essex Skating Facility is a state-of-the-art community center for both on-ice and off-ice activities. The facility is open year-round for a various functions, including ice hockey, regional educational events, recreational programs, and community events.The Facility features a new refrigeration system, new locker rooms, new dasherboards, a new lobby area, and an expanded vending area. The Essex Skating Facility is used for a variety of student and community programs, including: Essex High School Hockey Teams, Mount Mansfield Union High School Hockey Teams, Vermont Skating Academy, Essex Youth Hockey, Stick and Puck Program, Public Skating, Box Lacrosse, and many more!

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Essex United Soccer Club Opens in new windowEssex United Soccer Club (EUSC) is an organization that offers competitive soccer to boys and girls ages 4 to 17. EUSC players are registered with the Vermont State Soccer Association and compete in the Vermont Soccer League. The season runs April-June, with all games scheduled on weekends.

Tree Farm Recreational Facility

Essex Youth Hockey Opens in new windowThe Essex Youth Hockey Association’s mission is to introduce the youth of our area communities to the great game of ice hockey, such that every child, through their participation in the program, can enjoy a positive, character building sports experience while creating a passion for the game. EYHA believes that through the development of every individual, the collective team benefits from the resulting depth, diversity, and cohesion. This produces a level of confidence that brings success in the competitive hockey environment. Emphasis will always be placed upon education, personal development, teamwork, and sportsmanship. The individual conduct of board members, coaches, players, and parents will be maintained to ensure a positive culture in which all can honor the sport, and exemplify an organization in which to be proud of. And above all else..."It’s always about the kids"

Essex Skating Facility

Five Corners Farmers Market Opens in new windowThe Five Corners Farmers’ Market is coming back for Summer 2018!  The Market will be in a new location in Five Corners, at 3 Main Street in Essex Junction!  The Market will be held on Wednesdays, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM from May 30 - August 29 and 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM from September 5 - October 3.  Market vendors offer produce, meat, specialty food, agriculture, prepared food, crafts, and there will also be a featured community table.  The Five Corners Farmers’ Market is excited to host a wide range of talented musicians at our Wednesday evening markets.  For a full list of vendors and musicians, to learn more and volunteer, please check out our website: and Facebook page: @5CornersFarmersMarket.  We look forward to seeing you at the Five Corners Farmers’ Market!

Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts: We have three active troop levels for girls in grades K-5 and are looking to expand. Girls are active in the community and participate in various activities such as sock hops, ice skating, and overnight outings. The troops have bi-weekly meetings and learn valuable life lessons and expand friendships outside of the classroom.  To learn more, please contact us for information.

Heart and Soul of EssexHeart and Soul of Essex: People who live or work in Essex are getting together in small groups to participate in a facilitated discussion to share our experiences living or working in Essex, identify what’s most important, and share our hopes for the future.  These conversations will lay the groundwork for a shared vision that will drive community decision making in the future. There is still time to get involved!  If you would like to host a conversation in your home, workplace, or at another location around town, or if you would like to participate in a Neighborhood Conversation, please contact Lori Houghton.


Rotary Club of Essex Opens in new windowThe Rotary Club of Essex is a proud and active local chapter of Rotary International, a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across our globe, in our communities and in ourselves. We welcome visitors to join us for our weekly Wednesday noontime lunch and speaker presentation at The Essex Culinary Resort and Spa at 70 Essex Way.

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Tree Farm Recreational Facility Opens in new windowTree Farm Recreational Facility: Open since 2004, the Tree Farm Recreational Facility is one of the largest athletic field complexes north of New York City. We offer 13+ fields, primarily used for soccer, but also have a rugby field and host other sports such as frisbee and kickball. The facility is also widely used by the community for a variety of other recreational uses, including bike riding, dog walking, and kite flying.

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Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife Opens in new windowThe Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department provides a broad range of services to the public: wildlife management, fisheries management, law enforcement, search and rescue, threatened and endangered species monitoring and restoration, habitat conservation, educational programs for hunters, young people and teachers.

Find and Go Seek Opens in new windowFind & Go Seek is a parents’ trusted source in northern Vermont. With fresh ideas every-day, we keep you in the know with weekend events, camps, festivals, storytimes and so much more. From teens to tots, we have something for everyone.

Village of Essex JunctionThe Village of Essex Junction is a full service, pedestrian-friendly community, with municipal services, recreational and educational facilities, shops and food stores all within easy access by walking on well-maintained sidewalks, or a short drive.

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