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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The Honey Bee Project

By: 
Cori Merchant

This year, our Hazel Street Garden partnered with The Honey Bee Project. The Honey Bee Project is a Beekeepers in Residence program involving youth in 4-month-long therapeutic beekeeping program. It provides hands on training on beekeeping and relevant job skills, while encouraging development of body and emotional awareness, regulation strategies, and mindfulness practices. Each participant graduates with an increased capacity for relationship building, and an increased sense of self efficacy and empowerment.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announces $2.57 million in grants from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund

By: 
Cori Merchant

The New Haven Land Trust is happy to announce that we have received a generous grant of $45,000 from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund. Funding will support Schooner Camp and the other educational initiatives of the Land Trust.

Urban Bird Research at Quinnipiac Meadows

By: 
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

By: 
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

By: 
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

By: 
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.

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