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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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!

Quinnipiac Meadows Educational Signs

Max Farbman

As readers of this blog and visitors to the Long Wharf Nature Preserve probably know, the Land Trust – with the help of our partners, supporters, and dedicated volunteers – was able to install brand new educational signs in the Long Wharf Nature Preserve last summer. However, what they might not know is that a similar makeover will soon be occurring at our Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve. Again thanks to our generous supporters, partners, and volunteers, the Land Trust will soon be installing eight new educational signs in Quinnipiac Meadows.

Early birds may get the worm - but early birders get the coffee!

Olivia Pearman

The Early Birders got coffee and snacks this morning but that's not what got them up to visit Quinnipiac Meadows at 8 am. It was a beautiful morning for birding and we were rewarded with the chance to see 30 different bird species and about 200 individuals! Check out eBird to see the list of everything we saw this morning. Bill Batsford of the New Haven Bird Club led the walk through the preserve and was kind enough to set up his scope so we could get a better view.

Davenport Garden

Eric Davies

At the community garden on Davenport, we did several things to clear it out and make it look much nicer. One thing we did was we cleared out many weeds throughout the entire garden. There was a ton of mugwort all over the place there! We also moved a large brush pile to the street to be removed, and we moved a garden bed. Another thing we did was we cleared the fences of vines and other weeds. This was challenging because some of the weeds were able to weave themselves into the fence, and they were very difficult to pull out of the fence.

Truman Street Youth Creating Urban Orchard

Elias Kohn

Princess Peach, Mango Tango and Stephen Universe are a few of the fruit trees with names and a new home at the Truman Street Community Garden in New Haven. Leslie and Gilbert Radcliff, Truman Street youth and the New Haven Land Trust are coordinating the creation of this urban orchard that will be full of fruit trees, grapes, hardy kiwi, and medicinal and culinary herbs.

Learning to remove Invasive Species

Julian Reyes and Xavier Hernandez

My name is Julian Reyes It’s my first 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 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.

Bats Are Friends, Not Pests!

Olivia Pearman

Did you know bats can live for about 35 years? Did you also know that bat populations are being wiped out by a disease called the White-nose Syndrome? With this bat box installed at the Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve, we hope to boost bat populations in the area and spark conversations about these important creatures that we have been rapidly losing over the last several years.