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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Schooner Camp






Thank you for an amazing summer, we look forward to seeing you in 2019! Please note that exact programming, dates, and pricing will be updated by February 2019.

Growing Entrepreneurs: Highlights & Updates

Sarah Gilbert

Growing Entrepreneurs, the Land Trust’s year-round job program for youth, is in its 12th week. Temperatures are dipping and the end of daylight savings will soon put our after-school workdays in the dark. Will things start to slow down? Not quite. We are switching to Saturday workdays, protecting the garden from the cold, starting a new business venture for the winter, and adding one more youth to our team.

Youth Jobs Corps - Meet Xavier!

Xavier Hernandez

My name is Xavier Hernandez, and it’s my second  time working with the New Haven Land Trust. My work experience has been great working with these teenagers from the [email protected] program. My favorite part about working in community gardens is getting to use different kinds of gardening tools. My favorite place to work is on Long Wharf Nature Preserve because we get the chance to saw down and pull out all sorts of weeds, and trees. Everyone gets along well and we are all hard working.Working at the garden was interesting this year.

My First Job! - Youth Jobs Corps

Ajarano Smith-Bowe

My name is Ajarano Smith-Bowe and I am apart of this year's youth at work crew. Throughout this summer we have been renovating the Grand Acres garden site. As i'm writing this blog post and reflecting on my experience as the job comes to a close I realize what an impact we have had on the worksite, and the impact it had on me. When we first arrived, the site had lots of weeds, a compost pile that had to be done, a fence that had to be made, and how we had to make garden beds. I was also woefully unprepared for the tasks ahead.

Youth Jobs Corps - Meet Sadilka!

Sadilka Lopez

During my experience with the New Haven Land Trust I have had a good time. We have made garden beds, compost bins, a fence, we planted, we weeded, etc. We have been in the garden and preserves that I have never known existed before. I had a lot of fun here working with everyone. I enjoyed making the fence and planting. I learned that having a garden isn't easy but that it is very fun to make one.  It was an amazing job experience!

Youth Jobs Corps - Digging, Building, and Trailblazing!

Henry Zehner

Hi! My name is Harry Zehner and I work at the New Haven Land Trust over the summer through the City of New Haven and Youth at Work. We are doing many exciting things this summer, working in gardens and preserves in various capacities. The second week of work was filled with new on the job experiences. The first two days were centered around building a new compost heap in the Grand Acres garden. We had already dug three foot holes for the four by four posts that would become the foundation of the compost heap.

Introducing Schooner Kids 2 Coastline

Megan Boyd

Kids 2 Coastline program just finished its first week! Educators welcomed two groups of kids from New Haven's Boys and Girls club, ages 6-8, and 9-10. Eager to learn and explore the Long Wharf Nature preserve, youth groups did their best to combat the 90 degree heat and they succeeded. Enthusiasm never wavered as they explored the salt marsh, learned about ecosystems, habitats, mollusks, tides, the Long Island Sound, stewardship and more.  We got very lucky and were able to find and hold both a fiddler crab and a horseshoe crab in their natural surroundings.

Liberating the Urban Oasis

Rachelle Graham

At the volunteer workday last Saturday we cleared the Urban Oasis of invasive species at Long Wharf! We uprooted Bittersweet, and Mugwort to clear space for our fall plantings to breathe. Oriental bittersweet, also known as the "Kudzu of the North", is a woody vine that climbs over existing trees and shrubs. If left alone, Bittersweet can smother and kill trees or shrubs by monopolizing light and water. So the important work done of clearing out invasives like Bittersweet helps protect the native species at Long Wharf!