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

New Haven Youth Tennis and Education

Future Stars Program
This program is designed for younger children, ages 9-11. Sessions are one hour in length, utilizing the QuickStart format, designed to get the participants to quickly learn to rally the ball over the net and begin actively playing games.

Little Champs Program
This program is designed for children ages 6-8) and are one hour in length. Utilizing the QuickStart format, the participant quickly is learning to rally the ball over the net and playing games.

In this Issue:

Tennis

High School Beginner Clinic
This program is designed for the new high school player and is four hours over two consecitive weekends. Clinic will focus on a basic strokes; incorporating footwork drills and games to give the player the tools to begin to play competitive tennis on thier high school team.

Visit the Parks Department Website for information and to download the registration form. Register at the NEW HAVEN PARKS DEPARTMENT
720 Edgewood Ave, New Haven, CT


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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

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

Where: John Martinez Gym, 100 James Street, New Haven, CT
Times: Saturdays 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM
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


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HikingHiking

Judge's Cave Hikes
Saturday, March 3, 9:30 AM & 12:30 PM
West Rock Nature Center, 1080 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT
Ages 6+

Fullmoon Hike
Thursday, March 8, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
West Rock Nature Center, 1080 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT
Ages 10 +

Intro to Orienteering
Saturday, March 10, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
West Rock Nature Center, 1080 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT
Learn the basics of reading a map and compass and the challenge of our orienteering course. Familys Welcome.
$2 per person

Wednesday Walks
Wednesday, March 14, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Parks Office - 720 Edgewood Ave
Enjoy a leisurely walk through Edgewood Park.

Saturday Strolls
Saturday, March 17, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
East Rock Park
Take a hike on St Patrick's Day to Snake Rock in East Rock Park!
Ages 8+

Intro to Geocaching
Saturday, March 24, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM/12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Learn about treasure hunting with technology. Geocaches can be found on every continent in the world! Find how to search for them in your own backyard. GPS will be provided.
$2 per person, Ages 8+

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


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Spring - Just Around the Corner

RobinRanger Notes by Dan Barvir , East Rock Park, March 2012

Spring appears to be right around the corner, with this mild weather we experienced this year. Last year, at this time we still had over 2 feet of snow on the ground.

March can be one of our most variable months for weather here in southern New England. Snow and cold weather can still be possibility, along with one of our regions most notable weather events, called a “Northeaster”.

Signs of spring are becoming more apparent as you take a stroll our park woodlands. Birds such as Cardinals and Morning Doves have begun to sing their mating songs. Ravens, Red-tailed Hawks and Peregrine Falcons can be seen performing courtship flights along the cliff faces of East and West Rock. Red-winged Blackbird and American Robin numbers build as new arrivals on migration pass through our area, heading north.

In the plant world, tree buds are beginning to swell and sap is running in our Maple Trees. Local farmers will be tapping these trees for their sugar rich sap that will be boiled down and rendered into a New England favorite “Maple Syrup”.

Pussy Willow soft furry buds will be appearing in moist areas, along with the first flowers of the spring, Skunk Cabbage, followed by Dutchman’s Britches a little later in the month.

Even some insects will be making an appearance in the form of Flies, Midges and Honey Bees on warm days. Spiders can be found hunting in protected grassy areas. Some moths become active and even one Butterfly species called the Morning Clock can be seen fluttering by in our woodlands. The Morning Clock is a good size butterfly, with rich brown wings trimmed with a yellow band.

On March 20th, this year, spring officially begins. On that day the Sun crosses the Celestial equator granting us 12 hours of day and night, this annual happening is call the Spring Equinox and is repeated in the September as we welcome in autumn.

The New Haven Park Ranger program encourages you to get outside and take advantage of the natural wonders found through out our City’s parks. To find out more about Ranger lead walks in our parks, check out our monthly program calendars listing events and activities on our Parks, Recreation and Trees Department website: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/.

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


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March Park Ranger Public Programs

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

Day Date Time Location
Fri 2 3:30 to 4:30 pm Waffles and Maple Syrup - Staff
Intro to Maple Sugaring with taste samples
Sat 3 10 am to 5 pm Open House at the Trowbridge Center - Ranger Wray
Wed 7 10 to 11:30 am Late Winter Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 7 10 to 11:30 am Intro. to Park Trees Walk - Ranger Wray
Sat 10 10 am to 1 pm Park Improvement Trail Work Day - Ranger Dan
Wed 14 10 to 11:30 am Stroll up English Drive - Ranger Dan
Meet at English gate at Rice Field, East Rock
Sat 17 10:30am & 12Noon Slither and Snip - Ranger Wray
Make Celtic Kirogami & Pet a Snake
Mon 19 10:00am & 2pm Pre- Spring : Leisure walk along the Mill River - Ranger Wray
Wed 21 10 to 11:30 am First Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Fri 23 10 to 11:30 am Signs of Spring Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 28 10 to 11:30 am Birds of Spring Walk at Edgerton Park - Ranger Dan
Meet at the Carriage House
Thu 29 10 to 11:30 am Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan

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
Fri 2 3:30-4:30pm Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Mon 5 1-2pm Senior Nature Walk: Tree Identification (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 6 3:30-4:30pm Sea Animals at the Touch Tank (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Wed 7 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Sat 10 9-10am Sea Animals at the Touch Tank (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Sat 10 11am-12pm Fitness & History: Climb the Lighthouse $3 per person-Ranger Terry
Tue 13 10-11am Senior Nature Walk: Signs of Spring (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 13 3:30-4:30pm Birds on the West River (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Wed 14 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Thu 15 10-11am Fitness & History: Climb the Lighthouse $3 per person-Ranger Terry
Thu 15 3:30-4:30pm Owl Pellet Program-$1.00 per person (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry
Fri 16 10-11am Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 20 3:30-4:30pm Sea Animals at the Touch Tank (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Tue 20 3:30-4:30pm First Day of Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Wed 21 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Fri 23 10-11am Fitness & History: Climb the Lighthouse $3 per person-Ranger Terry
Sat 24 9:30-11:30am Geocaching (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Rangers Joe & Harry
Sat 24 12:30-2:30pm Geocaching (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Rangers Joe & Harry
Mon 26 9:30-11 am Fitness & History: Climb the Lighthouse $3 per person-Ranger Terry
Tue 27 3:30-4:30pm Nature Bingo (Barnard Nature Center)-Rangers Harry & Terry
Wed 28 9:30-11am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Fri 30 1-2pm Winter Nature Walk-(Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry

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 and complete list of farms and vendors, please visit www.cityseed.org.

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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