Environmental Education

Get outside and learn. Take a guided walk on the preserves, see the birds, or explore by canoe. Learn how to start a garden or brush up on your growing skills. Programs are open to all and free.

Community Gardens

Grow your own food! Get your own garden bed or try urban farming in shared plots with your neighbors. It's affordable, healthy, and fun.

Land Preservation

You can experiene nature right in New Haven thanks to over 80 acres forever protected as nature preserves. These lands - forest, meadow, wetlands, shoreline, and more - are important habitats and valuable green spaces. 

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Urban Bird Research at Quinnipiac Meadows

Alanis Allen

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized with an estimated 60% of the world population living in cities by 2030, we have to ask ourselves: what effect is this having on wildlife? All animals that live near cities experience phenomena such as traffic noise and artificial light at night. Birds specifically have been known to change their behaviors and physiological traits in response to urbanization.

Make Music New Haven Coming to Grand Acres Community Garden

New Haven Land Trust
June 21st is World Music Day! Musicians of all styles will take over the city for a free day of music on the longest day of the year. The idea started in Paris, France back in 1982 by former Minister of Culture Jack Lang and French composer Maurice Fleuret. Their vision, which has expanded to over 100 countries and 700 cities, was to make music free and accessible to the public. 
The concept has made its way to New Haven thanks to organizers at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Community Building & Education at Long Wharf Preserve

Arabelle Schoenberg

Two weeks ago, 50 dedicated volunteers turned out to Long Wharf Nature Preserve in honor of Earth Day for a beach cleanup co-sponsored by Patagonia New Haven and Denali/Trailblazer. We spent two hours combing every inch of the preserve and picking up hundreds of pounds of trash that had accumulated in the preserve throughout the long winter. Volunteers were helping to prepare the preserve for New Haven’s 10th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Bike Ride, a beloved community celebration of all things environmental in the Elm City.

Climate Change & Re-Wilding in New Haven

Arabelle Schoenberg

Pond Lily Nature Preserve is not just a great place for hiking and river views – it also serves as a crucial site for research on ecosystem change, plant systems, and climate change. Due to the removal of the Pond Lily Dam in February 2016, the natural ecosystem at Pond Lily Preserve is regenerating and returning to its natural state. Parts of the land that were previously six feet underwater are newly exposed and revegetating. The West River is forging a new course through the former dam site and the current flows more quickly than before.

The Growing Entrepreneurs Take on Northeast Organic Farming Association!

Rasha Abuhatab
Bright and early, the Growers headed over to the annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Although I was a little carsick on the way there due to the long ride, it was worth it! The car ride was filled with laughs and fun on the way there and on the way back great discussions about what information we absorbed during the conference.

More kids, more boats, more sun, more fun!

Cori Merchant
Schooner Camp has some amazing things in the works for our upcoming summer. Read on to learn about all the wonderful things that will be new for camp this year. We now have programs for 4-5-year-olds, awesome leadership programming for 13-14-year-olds, six additional sailboats, and will be adding more amazing staff members along with our new camp director!
Hi everyone, my name is Cori, and I'm excited to be the new director of Schooner Camp this summer.

New Haven's Newest IBA

Arabelle Schoenberg

Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve was declared New Haven's newest IBA last week! IBA stands for Important Bird Area and it is a classification given by the Audubon Society to natural areas, both urban and rural, that are considered important for the conservation of at-risk bird populations. Audubon CT approved the addition of Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve to the pre-existing Quinnipiac Tidal Marsh IBA, which spans over 900 acres of marshland along the Quinnipiac River in New Haven, North Haven, and Hamden.