Long Wharf Nature Preserve

Just off I-95 and fronting New Haven Harbor, this preserve is the result of human disturbance and the resilience of nature. The upland, created by filling, evolved into a grassland and a small woodland dominated by tall cottonwood trees, almost all the result of natural seed dispersion. The tidal wetland and dune area accreted (grew by accumulation) over the 50 years since I-95 was constructed. At low tide, the preserve is approximately 15 acres, from mud flat to dune to salt marsh to upland. A loop trail connects the shore and upland area, and also connects to the historic City Point neighborhood. See the map below for parking areas.
A list of documents below provides more inforamtion and educational materials about Long Wharf Nature Preserve!
Location: Long Wharf Drive next to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial at Long Wharf Park

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Map of the Preserve:

See below to download your own! And check out this audio tour of the preserve:


Check out what's cool in our preserve!

Prickly Pear Cactus

Photo credit: http://www.dennisflood.com/photos/2007/1000/prickly_pear_cactus_blooms_8159.jpg

Did you know that there is a native cactus in Connecticut? Opuntia humifusa, or the prickly-pear, grows in all eastern states except Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. It is rare and listed as a species of special concern in the state, but you can find it on our preserve if you look carefully! Its beautiful yellow flower blooms in late-spring or early-summer and only lasts for one day. In the winter, the plant pulls most of the water out of its cells to avoid freezing damage. The cactus is pollinated primarily by bees. Click here to see info source and find more places you can find it in CT.


Great Egret - credit Silentwings

Photo credit: silentwings

The great egret is one of the most handsome and elegant visitors we get in our preserve. With long legs and beak, you may find the egret in the marsh or near the shore seeking out prey of small fish, frogs, small mammals, and other small critters that can be found in shallow water.

Click here to see what other birds can be found at our preserve throughout the year!