Recreation and Parks

Snowmobile Safety Course

This six-hour course provides the opportunity to earn the certification necessary to legally operate on Vermont’s statewide snowmobile trails system. Participants must be present for all classes. Vermont state law requires that all snowmobile operators born after July 1, 1983, who are 12 years of age or older, must take and pass a state-approved snowmobile safety course. Instructors are from the Vermont State Police. Two courses are being offered: Dec. 4-6 in Shelburne and Dec. 11-13 in Milton. The course is from 6-8 p.m. each night. The cost is $15.

Woof! Dog Communication in the Human World

This popular dog communication and safety lecture is a multi-media of fun where the audience gets to test their “dog reading” skills. We’ll demystify dog communication, reveal some common dog-human misunderstandings and explore how we can all live happily together. This is for humans only, dog owners or not. The presenter is Deb Helfrich of Gold Star Dog Training. Ages 14 and up. Thursday, Dec. 14, 6-7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Learn to Ski/Snowboard Program

Registration is now open. The program is for Williston students in grades 1 through 8. (Kindergartners can participate if transported and accompanied by an adult; this means parents are required to help out with their child during lessons). The emphasis will be on learning to downhill ski or snowboard through a one-hour weekly lesson at Cochran’s Ski Area. The program meets for seven Tuesdays — Jan. 9 to Feb. 20. (This schedule will be weather-dependent). The program is from school dismissal time to 5:15pm. Lessons and ski time are 2:30-4:30 p.m. Buses leave the ski area at 5 p.m. and return to Williston Central School only. Parents picking their children up must be at the ski area before 4:45 p.m. to check them out. There is a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at WCS at 6 p.m.

Youth/Teen Open Gym

There will be open gym time for grades 3 through 12 on Friday evenings December through March from 6-8 p.m. at the Williston Central School old gym. A schedule of available Fridays is on the recreation department website ( and available at WCS. This program is open to Williston residents only; younger children are able to attend with a parent. The first Friday is Dec. 1.

Basketball Referees Needed

Referees are needed for the first-grade through eighth-grade basketball programs. Refereeing is on Saturdays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 16. Approximate time is 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are two locations — Allen Brook School and Williston Central School. To apply, fill out and send in an employment application, available at

Instructors Wanted

The Recreation Department is looking for instructors for the spring/summer session of program and camp offerings. We will begin work on the Spring/Summer Program Guide, which will be distributed in mid-February, and are looking for people that have an interesting, fun, educational or fitness-related program or camp to offer. If you would like to be considered as an instructor and offer a program or camp, please visit our website and print off the instructor proposal and return to the rec department by Jan. 5.