New Haven Parks Newsletter
February Newsletter 2012, Volume 3, Number 2
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

February Vacation Camp

February 21 - 24, 2012
Trowbridge Environmental Center - East Rock Park

  • Februrary Vacation CampIce Skating
  • Swimming
  • Nature Hikes
  • Bowling
  • Games

In this Issue:

Space is limited, available to the first 24 participants who register: 12 - 8 to 10 year olds and 12 - 11 to 13 year olds
Fee: $65 per participant. Fee covers all activities

For more information contact: Hershey Hatton at 203-946-8088 or email hhatton@newhavenct.net
Visit the Parks Website for more info and to download the Registration Form.

Sports and Recreation

Swimming Lessons - Winter 2012

Where: John Martinez, 100 James Street
When: February 28th - April 12th, 2012
Tuesday & Thursday evenings
Times: 5:00pm-5:45pm | 6:00pm-6:45pm | 7:00pm-7:45pm
Cost: $90.00 for six week session
Open swim: Wednesdays from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
and Saturdays from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Click here to download the registration forms
Return to: New Haven Parks & Recreation Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven CT
For information call Felicia Shashinka at (203) 946-8088
Also, look for New Haven Parks, Recreation, & Trees on Facebook & Twitter

From Couch to 5K

Please join us in a great program! We are looking for people motivated to improve their quality of life. This 9 week program allows any individual living any current lifestyle to succeed. Running indoors will allow for a comfortable environment to participate in!

$25.00 fee for the entry fee if you don’t complete the program Money Will be used to help send a kid to camp………

Where: Career High School Indoor Track
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays - Starting Feb 13
Times: 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Why: After 9 weeks of participation, everyone will be
in the appropriate shape to run in the 5K race on
April 29th at College Woods Park!

If you think you may want to do this don’t let the fact that you never ran before get in the way……..
Come the first day to check it out…

Click here to download the registration forms
Return to: New Haven Parks & Recreation Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven CT
For information call Felicia Shashinka at (203) 946-8088
Also, look for New Haven Parks, Recreation, & Trees on Facebook & Twitter

Girls Basketball - 10-14 Years Old

Where: Martinez School, 100 James Street, New Haven, CT
When: Practice: Tuesdays
Games: Fridays
Times: 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM
Start: 1st Practice: Tuesday, March 6th 5:30 @ Martinez
1st Game: Friday, March 9th @ Martinez
Note: Deadline for registration is March 9th, 2012

Click here to download the registration forms
Return to: New Haven Parks & Recreation Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven CT
For information call Felicia Shashinka at (203) 946-8088
Also, look for New Haven Parks, Recreation, & Trees on Facebook & Twitter

Indoor Soccer League for Boys & Girls - Ages 5, 6, & 7

Where: John Martinez Gym, 100 James Street, New Haven, CT
When: Practice: Tuesdays
Games: Fridays
Times: Saturdays 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11:30 AM
Start: March 3rd will be a clinic
Cost: $20.00 for 8 weeks starting March 3rd, 2012

Please provide your child with shorts, shirt and sneakers.

Click here to download the registration forms
Return to: New Haven Parks & Recreation Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven CT
For information call Felicia Shashinka at (203) 946-8088
Also, look for New Haven Parks, Recreation, & Trees on Facebook & Twitter

Indoor Soccer for Boys & Girls - Ages 8-10

Instruction, Fundamentals, Games!!!!!!!!

Where: John Martinez Gym, 100 James Street, New Haven, CT
Times: Saturdays 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Cost: $20.00 for 8 weeks starting March 3rd, 2012

Please provide your child with shorts, shirt and sneakers. Please note if the weather is bad, there will be no program.

Click here to download the registration forms
Return to: New Haven Parks & Recreation Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven CT
For information call Felicia Shashinka at (203) 946-8088
Also, look for New Haven Parks, Recreation, & Trees on Facebook & Twitter


Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing

Tuesday, February 7
Full Moon Hike at West Rock Nature Center - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Open to participants ages 10+ (ages 10-16 must accompanied by an adult) Enjoy West Rock Park by moonlight. Limited number of flashlights/headlamps will be available.

Saturday, February 11
Snowshoeing/Hike at East Rock Ranger Station - 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Tromp through the snow (if we have it) in East Rock Park on snowshoes. Equipment Rental: $10 for snowshoes and hiking poles. Ages 10+ (ages 10 - 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

To register or for more information
please call 203-946-6559 or email Ranger Joe at jmilone@newhavenct.net


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Adventure ProgramsOutdoor Adventure Club

For students ages 8-11 who enjoy the outdoors and want to experience New Havens Parks. The Club will meet once a month on Wednesday’s from 3:00 PM –4:30 PM at the Parks Administration office located at 720 Edgewood Avenue.

Wednesday, February 15
Animal Tracking & Shelter Building - Edgewood Park 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

This program is for students ages 8-11 who are interested in the outdoors. Topic: Animal Tracking and Winter Survival. Come Dressed to be outside. The program meets once a month on Wednesday’s at the Parks Administration Office, 720 Edgewood Ave. New Haven, CT

To register or for more information
please call 203-946-6559 or email Ranger Joe at jmilone@newhavenct.net


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Wednesday Walks

Adventure ProgramsEdgewood Park - 9:30 AM—10:30 AM
February 1, 15, 29

All walks meet at the Parks Administration Office Located at 720 Edgewood Ave. Be healthier with a Ranger guided stroll through Edgewood Park. This easy hikes are intended for people of all hiking abilities. Hikes are free and appropriate for ages 5+. Family’s welcome.

To register or for more information
please call 203-946-6559 or email Ranger Joe at jmilone@newhavenct.net


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Birder Notes for February

2011 Hawk Watch Report for Lighthouse Point Park

For over 120 years, Lighthouse Point Park has been recognized as a great site in the Fall to view migrating hawks. In the 1800’s hawks were considered pests and considered fair game for hunters. Today we have learned much and now know they are an important part of natural environment. Thanks to the Migratory Bird Act now in place, they are protected from being harmed. The National Audubon Society- Connecticut chapter, has granted Lighthouse Point Park the special title of “Important Bird Area” and works with the City of New Haven to improve and protect this area for birds and people.

Lighthouse Point Park Hawk Watch has been officially manned for over 27 years. From September 1st to November 30th, trained volunteers with eyes trained to the sky, have been identifying and counting hawks. This year’s dedicated staff logged over 568 hours in the field and hosted over 2,500 visitors at the park, including our annual Migration Festival.

The Hawk count data collected is given to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help with Raptor population studies. As top of the food chain predators, they are an excellent indicator of our environment’s health.

Over 16 species of birds of prey were observed at this gem of a park. A total of 14,322 individuals were counted, representing vultures, eagles, ospreys, hawks and falcons. Along with the hawks, many species of songbirds can be observed as they move southwards.

If you are interested in witnessing this annual migratory event, head to Lighthouse Point Park in the Fall, when the winds blows from the north. Mornings are usually the best times to be there.

Contributed by Ranger Dan Barvir, email: dbarvir@newhavenct.net


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Special Announcement

The New Haven Museum has created an exciting exhibit that focuses on two of New Haven’s most spectacular physical features; East and West Rocks. The exhibit is entitled “New Haven Sentinels: The Arts and Sciences of East and West Rock” featuring many paintings and works from the New Haven Museum’s collection and geological objects from the Peabody Museum and Wesleyan University, celebrating local innovation in art and geology in the 19th century New Haven.

As the East Rock Park ranger, I found this exhibit both fascinating and informative on how these prominent rock formations have affected human lives in the past.

On February 4th, 10 am to 2:30 pm, join the Museum as they present “Rock the World”, a day of family-oriented activities, focusing on the exhibit. The New Haven Museum is located at 114 Whitney Avenue.

For exhibit hours and more information,
please call 203-562-4183 or visit their website at www.newhavenmuseum.org.


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February Park Ranger Public Programs

Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Programs
Staff: Dan Barvir and Wray Williams, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Location
Wed 1 10 to 11:30 am   Winter Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Thu 2 10am to 12noon Groundhogs Day Hike - Ranger Wray
Thu 2 4pm to 5pm Groundhogs Day Hike - Ranger Wray
Tue 7 6:00 to 7:30pm Owl Prowl at Edgerton Park - Ranger Dan -
Meet at the Park gate on Edgehill Rd.
Sat 11 10:30am to 12 Valentine Kirigami/Paper art and cutting for love - Ranger Wray
Sat 11 2:30 to 4pm Valentine Kirigami/Paper art and cutting for love - Ranger Wray
Wed 15 10 to 11:30 am Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Sat 18 12 to 1pm Animal Teeth / Who eats what? - Ranger Wray
Sat 18 1:30 to 2:30pm Animal Teeth / Who eats what? - Ranger Wray
Mon 20 Closed President's Day
Tue-Fri 21-24 9am to 3pm Vacation Camp at Trowbridge Center - Staff

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 203-946-6086 for directions, more information, and to register for these programs. Parks monthly program calendar is available on the Parks website at: www.cityofnewhaven/Parks

The Trowbridge Environmental Center is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School.

Barnard Nature Center Programs
Staff: Terry McCool and Harry Coyle, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Location
Wed 1 10-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Thu 2 10-11 am Fitness & History: Climb the Lighthouse - Ranger Terry
Thu 2 3:15-4:15 pm Groundhog Day Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Mon 6 10-11 am Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Mon 6 3:30-4:30 pm Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop (Barnard NC) - Ranger Harry
Tue 7 10-11 am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Tue 7 3:30-4:30 pm After School Nature: Sea Animals at Barnard - Ranger Terry
Wed 8 10-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Sat 11 9-10 am Sea Life of LI Sound at Barnard NC - Ranger Terry
Sat 11 11 am-12 Fitness & History: Climb the Lighthouse ($3) - Ranger Terry
Sun 12 11 am-1pm Valentine’s Card Making Workshop (Edgewood Station) - Ranger Harry
Tue 14 3:15-4:15 pm Valentine’s Day Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Tue 14 3:30-4:30 pm After School Nature: Winter Birds at Barnard - Ranger Terry
Wed 15 10-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Thu 16 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Thu 16 3:30-4:30 pm Animal Tracking Program (Barnard Nature Center) - Rangers Harry & Terry
Fri 17 3:30-4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard NC) - Ranger Harry
Mon 27 10-11 am Fitness & History: Hike through the Forts. - Ranger Terry
Meet at Fort Nathan Hale for the hike
Tue 28 3:30-4:30 pm Owl Pellet Program-$1.00 per person (Barnard NC) - Ranger Harry
Wed 29 10-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Wed 29 10-11 am Fitness & History: Climb the Lighthouse ($3)- Ranger Terry
Wed 29 3-4 pm Winter Nature Walk-(Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Wed 29 3:30-4:30 pm Learn to use the Compass at Barnard NC - Ranger Terry

Pre-registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at (203) 691-3539 directions, more information, and to register for these programs. The ranger program calendar is available on the web at: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks/

The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34


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CitySeed Farmers MarketWinter Farmers Market Returns to Edgewood Park

The Edgewood Park and Wooster Square markets will alternate weekends January - April. For a full schedule, please check www.cityseed.org.

Winter Market Vendors:

  • Butterfield Farm: goats' milk cheeses, probiotic yogurts and a full line of goats' milk bath and body care items from East Granby, CT.
  • Bodhichitta Farm: shoots, mushrooms, and maple syrup from Prospect, CT.
  • Caseus Cheese Truck: delicious, hot sandwiches featuring all local ingredients!
  • Four Mile River Farm: pasture raised beef, pork, and eggs from Old Lyme, CT.
  • Little Something Catering: is away this week, but will return for the following market.
  • Riverbank Farm: Certified Organic produce and prepared foods, including soups, applesauce, and pickles.
  • Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm: Sheep and cow's milk cheeses, raw milk, yogurt, pasture-raised eggs, lamb and veal, yarn, roving, and wool products.
  • Savor: locally made shortbread featuring seasonal produce.
  • Star Light Gardens: Certified Organic vegetable farm specializing in year round greens from Durham, CT.
  • Stone Gardens: local produce and eggs from Shelton, CT.
  • Waldingfield Farm: heirloom tomato products, maple syrup, and honey from Washington, CT.
  • Whole G Bread: German Style bread and pastries from New Haven, CT.

CitySeed: support market operations and programs by purchasing delicious, local bread at the CitySeed table. Bakeries featured are Fabled Foods, Deep River, CT, SoNo Baking Company, Norwalk, CT, and Whole G Bread, New Haven CT. They also have long-sleeved t-shirts, the New Haven Cooks community cookbook, and children's storybooks for sale!


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