Schooner, Inc., and the New Haven Land Trust have joined forces to protect and promote the natural and cultural resources of New Haven, Connecticut through access to outdoor environments, conservation, stewardship and education. Schooner will become a signature program of the New Haven Land Trust focused on connecting kids, coastline and community.
Schooner and New Haven Land Trust partnered this past summer on Schooner: Kids2Coastline, an outdoor afternoon camp at the Land Trust’s Long Wharf Nature Preserve and the Sound School in New Haven’s City Point neighborhood. The camp provided a free supplemental program to over forty 6-10 year olds enrolled in the New Haven Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp program. Plans are already underway to expand camp and add boating, sailing and other on-water activities to a full range of hands-on coastal marine exploration and discovery. During the summer of 2017, this full day camp will be directed by Sarah Morrison and will be open to any elementary school age children with both full pay and scholarship options.
“Schooner is thrilled to move forward with the Land Trust to give New Haven a strong organization focused on land and water and that helps our children, youth and their families access and experience our rich marine and maritime heritage,” said Kyle Pedersen, President of Schooner. “We are excited to expand Schooner’s reach and to use the Land Trust’s important environmental preserves—including a working oyster bed in the Quinnipiac River—for camp, education and other programs.”
Pedersen added: “As organizations focused on environmental stewardship, we believe combining the organizations is an excellent way to demonstrate good organizational stewardship of our community’s support through more effective and efficient staffing and better use of financial and other resources. We hope to lead by example.”
The New Haven Land Trust is excited at the opportunities this formalized partnership will bring to the New Haven community and particularly New Haven’s young people. Schooner’s experience with its summer camp and marine and maritime education will dramatically increase the Land Trust’s ability to engage New Haven’s young people to learn about environmental issues and have increased access to open spaces.
Your support will make the new Schooner Summer Camp a success! We've got big plans for the upcoming summer, but we need your help. Your support will fund educational opportunities and scholarships to connect New Haven kids to their coastline and community.