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.
Guess who made it out to the preserves this summer?!
We brought several enthusiastic and wonderful groups out to enjoy and learn about the preserves this summer. Squash Haven came out to enjoy the breeze off the harbor and learn about native and invasive plants at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. The New Haven Youth Conservation Corps also explored Long Wharf and learned about the importance of water conservation.
If you want to help the Land Trust be able to continue doing great programs like we did this summer, considering making a contribution on our donation page.
Click here or download below for details about the kinds of educational programs we were able to offer this past summer (2015).
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