Habitat, Harvest, and Happy Hour 2014

Please join us for a fun-filled bus tour and party to benefit the New Haven Land Trust.

October 5, 2014

We'll visit nature preserves and community gardens in a comfortable coach bus and then head back to downtown's elegant and historic bar Ordinary for drinks and appetizers. 

Featured food and drink: 

  • Ordinary's selection of fine wines
  • Outstanding beers, including drafts from Connecticut's new brewery, Black Hog Brewing Co. 
  • Cheese and charcuterie hand-selected by the cheese mongers from Caseus Fromagerie Bistro


We will also present the Environmental Business Award to:

Blue State Coffee has donated over $30,000 to environmental causes in New Haven!  Part of their mission statement is to minimize their "environmental impact through sustainable practices."  They serve organic coffee and source their food through local farms and vendors. Everything they hand to customers is reusable, recyclable, or compostable. And they donate to, and educate customers about environmental non-profit organizations in the communities where they have stores. 


You are invited to join us for the tour, the party, or both.
Please buy your tickets early.  Tour seats are limited!

Purchase tickets online below or call 203-562-6655 to purchase tickets by check.

Tour departs from Ordinary (990 Chapel St) at 4:30 p.m. Please arrive at 4:15. 

The party continues at Ordinary from 6:30 to 8:30.

3d Printing Helps Record Dam Removal

J.R. Logan

The one constant in nature is change, but sometimes that change is too slow to notice in any one visit. It is with this in mind that I started off on a mission to document the change over time at the Pond Lily Nature Preserve.


Pond Lily Dam (spillway) July 2014


The preserve is soon to undergo a great transformation. For more than 250 years a dam at the location blocked the free flow of the West River. Recently, through the work of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the funding of a resilience grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service that dam will be removed sometime in 2015.  At first the change will be swift and dramatic. Construction staging will be setup, the river will be diverted to a temporary channel, earthwork and the careful teardown of the dam wall will proceed. When the deconstruction is done we will have a river which has been returned to a state that it has not been for centuries.

Youth at Work: Week Two

Chris Dickey

To be completely honest at first, before being placed at The Land Trust, I had no idea what the Land Trust was about. But as I began working in the community, I began to have a better understanding of what the Land Trust was about. And my understanding of what the Land Trust does is that it helps the community in 3 ways: the Land Trust creates awareness of our community gardens, also that it's cheaper and healthier to grow your own vegetables, and also creates awareness of our precious preserves.

First Week of Work

Eneida Martinez

When I applied for Youth@Work I knew exactly where I wanted to be placed over the summer, and it was the New Haven Land

Trust. My senior year in high school at the Sound I had the opportunity to build a bridge for the NHLT on the Long Wharf Nature Preserve with help from peers and staff. Building the bridge entailed of organizing, planning, and constructing a 16ft bridge along with railings.  I learned to manage my time and plan ahead, essential skills one needs to become successful in the real world.