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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Thursdays at Long Wharf Nature Preserve

Eric Davies

We have worked at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve each Thursday since we started this job. Our job is to remove invasive species from the area, so the native species can grow. Some of the species that we have removed include: Autumn Olive, Mugwart, Bittersweet, Honeysuckle, and Multiflora Rose. We have learned how to identify these plants, as well as some of the native plants, and have removed some of the invasive species that we can identify. Most of what we have removed includes Mugwart, Bittersweet, and Autumn Olive.

NHLT [email protected] Week 1

Nikki DeCola

This week was the first week of work for the New Haven Land Trust [email protected] crew. We started work at the Ann Street Community Garden. Projects included filling a raised garden bed with soil and removing weeds along the fences and the back of the garden to make room for a new shed, wood chips, and hopefully more raised garden beds. We met Almeta and some of the other gardeners who were helpful in sharing tools and wisdom about the garden. The Ann Street Garden has many different types of plants growing, which are cared for by members of the community.

Wild Edibles Walk - Free Food at Long Wharf!

Olivia Pearman

Wow, what an eye-opening walk! Justin Freiberg from the Yale West Campus Urban Farm came out to teach us all about the variety of uses for different plants found on the preserve. We learned that while shadbush berries and mulberries are considered to be quite edible and nutritious, the jury is still out on whether or not milkweed is actually edible. See our facebook for more pictures from this fun walk!

Pond Lily Trash Clean-Up

Olivia Pearman

This week we were able to make a major impact on one of our preserves. Medtronic/Covidien had 19 volunteers out at Pond Lily to remove 45+ bags of garbage and even more broken and disused items that didn't fit in trash bags! See this link for more photos! We removed several old tires, a mattress and box springs, half of a ceramic sink, broken TVs, and lots more! Thank you Medtronic/Covidien for putting in the time and effort to make this happen!

Walk at the Wharf - Thank You, Plankton!

Olivia Pearman

What a great opportunity to learn about life under the water at the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. Mary Beth Decker, researcher and lecturer at Yale, taught us about all the reasons we should be thanking plankton! Plankton gives us about half of the air we breathe, provides food for marine life, and was one of the earliest life forms! I have another to add: thank you, plankton for providing such an awesome lesson about living systems! Thank you, Plankton!

3d Printing Helps Record Dam Removal

J.R. Logan

The one constant in nature is change, but sometimes that change is too slow to notice in any one visit. It is with this in mind that I started off on a mission to document the change over time at the Pond Lily Nature Preserve.


Pond Lily Dam (spillway) July 2014


The preserve is soon to undergo a great transformation. For more than 250 years a dam at the location blocked the free flow of the West River. Recently, through the work of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the funding of a resilience grant through the US Fish and Wildlife Service that dam will be removed sometime in 2015.  At first the change will be swift and dramatic. Construction staging will be setup, the river will be diverted to a temporary channel, earthwork and the careful teardown of the dam wall will proceed. When the deconstruction is done we will have a river which has been returned to a state that it has not been for centuries.

Youth at Work: Week Two

Chris Dickey

To be completely honest at first, before being placed at The Land Trust, I had no idea what the Land Trust was about. But as I began working in the community, I began to have a better understanding of what the Land Trust was about. And my understanding of what the Land Trust does is that it helps the community in 3 ways: the Land Trust creates awareness of our community gardens, also that it's cheaper and healthier to grow your own vegetables, and also creates awareness of our precious preserves.

First Week of Work

Eneida Martinez

When I applied for [email protected] I knew exactly where I wanted to be placed over the summer, and it was the New Haven Land

Trust. My senior year in high school at the Sound I had the opportunity to build a bridge for the NHLT on the Long Wharf Nature Preserve with help from peers and staff. Building the bridge entailed of organizing, planning, and constructing a 16ft bridge along with railings.  I learned to manage my time and plan ahead, essential skills one needs to become successful in the real world.