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 introduced the public to our preserves and reinforced the importance of conserving nature in an urban setting. 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. We have also pursued a passive approach by installing an educational kiosk at Long Wharf Nature Preserve and developed two self guiding nature walks at Long Wharf Nature Preserve and Quinnipiac Meadows/Fargeorge Nature Preserve. Currently the Long Wharf Nature Preserve is a site for Horseshoe crab research by Sacred Heart University and on any given school day you may find students from New Havens Sound School in the Preserve participating in other research studies.
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