In 1982 the founders of the New Haven Land Trust were motivated to try to preserve the remaining undeveloped natural areas in New Haven. As land was acquired it became apparent that environmental education had to be part of our mission. Offering guided nature walks both introduces the public to our preserves and reinforces the importance of conserving nature in an urban setting. In 1991, the Land Trust added community gardening to the mission and the program has expanded to almost 50 community gardens around New Haven. Education about food, sustainability, and gardening is key to the continued success of the gardens.
This summer, the Land Trust is interested in partnering with New Haven organizations that engage youth!
We want to get you and the youth you work with outside and learning about the wild wonders in our preserves! Whether your organization is a summer school group, neighborhood organization, or youth community engagement program, we want to talk to you! See our information packet here or download below for details and contact us for more information!
Highlighting Education in the preserves
As a supporting partner, the Garden Club of New Haven made a significant contribution to this effort by developing and teaching a curriculum for school children at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve (found here). The Long Wharf Nature Preserve has been used as a site for Horseshoe crab research by Sacred Heart University and on any given school day you may find students from the Sound School in the Preserve participating in other research studies.
Pond Lily Nature Preserve now sports two camera stations to help us document the coming changes as we remove the 100+ year-old dam on the West River. Click here to read more about it! Or see what photos have been taken so far.
Conservation activities abound at the Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve. Between the recent installation of a bat box at the Preserve, our very active osprey nests (see photo below), and the thriving native trees planted last fall, the Preserve is fast becoming an even better place for wildlife and native ecosystems (for people too!).
Photo credit: Chung-leong Chan