Community & Recreation Resources
The community of Essex, VT, and the State of Vermont are home to many food and social service groups for those in need of extra assistance, whether temporary or long-term. Please consider using this reference as a starting point for you or someone you know.
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.
Vermont 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."
For 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.
Cub 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.
At 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.
2 Lincoln Street
The 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 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.
The 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 various functions, including ice hockey, regional educational events, recreational programs, and community events. The Facility features a new refrigeration system, new locker rooms, new dasher boards, 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!
Essex 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
The 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. And above all else..."It’s always about the kids"
Essex Skating Facility
Girl 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.
Heart 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.
The 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.
Tree 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.
103 Old Colchester Road
The 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.