My First Job! - Youth Jobs Corps

Ajarano Smith-Bowe

My name is Ajarano Smith-Bowe and I am apart of this year's youth at work crew. Throughout this summer we have been renovating the Grand Acres garden site. As i'm writing this blog post and reflecting on my experience as the job comes to a close I realize what an impact we have had on the worksite, and the impact it had on me. When we first arrived, the site had lots of weeds, a compost pile that had to be done, a fence that had to be made, and how we had to make garden beds. I was also woefully unprepared for the tasks ahead.

Youth Jobs Corps - Meet Sadilka!

Sadilka Lopez

During my experience with the New Haven Land Trust I have had a good time. We have made garden beds, compost bins, a fence, we planted, we weeded, etc. We have been in the garden and preserves that I have never known existed before. I had a lot of fun here working with everyone. I enjoyed making the fence and planting. I learned that having a garden isn't easy but that it is very fun to make one.  It was an amazing job experience!

Youth Jobs Corps - Digging, Building, and Trailblazing!

Henry Zehner

Hi! My name is Harry Zehner and I work at the New Haven Land Trust over the summer through the City of New Haven and Youth at Work. We are doing many exciting things this summer, working in gardens and preserves in various capacities. The second week of work was filled with new on the job experiences. The first two days were centered around building a new compost heap in the Grand Acres garden. We had already dug three foot holes for the four by four posts that would become the foundation of the compost heap.

Introducing Schooner Kids 2 Coastline

Megan Boyd

Kids 2 Coastline program just finished its first week! Educators welcomed two groups of kids from New Haven's Boys and Girls club, ages 6-8, and 9-10. Eager to learn and explore the Long Wharf Nature preserve, youth groups did their best to combat the 90 degree heat and they succeeded. Enthusiasm never wavered as they explored the salt marsh, learned about ecosystems, habitats, mollusks, tides, the Long Island Sound, stewardship and more.  We got very lucky and were able to find and hold both a fiddler crab and a horseshoe crab in their natural surroundings.

Liberating the Urban Oasis

Rachelle Graham

At the volunteer workday last Saturday we cleared the Urban Oasis of invasive species at Long Wharf! We uprooted Bittersweet, and Mugwort to clear space for our fall plantings to breathe. Oriental bittersweet, also known as the "Kudzu of the North", is a woody vine that climbs over existing trees and shrubs. If left alone, Bittersweet can smother and kill trees or shrubs by monopolizing light and water. So the important work done of clearing out invasives like Bittersweet helps protect the native species at Long Wharf!

Quinnipiac Meadows Educational Signs

Max Farbman

As readers of this blog and visitors to the Long Wharf Nature Preserve probably know, the Land Trust – with the help of our partners, supporters, and dedicated volunteers – was able to install brand new educational signs in the Long Wharf Nature Preserve last summer. However, what they might not know is that a similar makeover will soon be occurring at our Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve. Again thanks to our generous supporters, partners, and volunteers, the Land Trust will soon be installing eight new educational signs in Quinnipiac Meadows.

Early birds may get the worm - but early birders get the coffee!

Olivia Pearman

The Early Birders got coffee and snacks this morning but that's not what got them up to visit Quinnipiac Meadows at 8 am. It was a beautiful morning for birding and we were rewarded with the chance to see 30 different bird species and about 200 individuals! Check out eBird to see the list of everything we saw this morning. Bill Batsford of the New Haven Bird Club led the walk through the preserve and was kind enough to set up his scope so we could get a better view.