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September Newsletter 2012, Volume 2, Number 9
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Fall Sports and Recreation Programs

In this Issue:

BasketballBasketball Clinic

Girls Ages 8-12 @ Troup School Boys Ages 8-12 @ King / Robinson

Registration: begins Sep 17 and ends Sep 28
Registration forms: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/whatsnew.asp
Program: 6 weeks, 6:00-7:30pm (Fridays)
Dates: Program runs from Oct 5 until week of Nov 9
Cost: $20 per child for the six week program


SwimmingSwimming Lessons

Lessons begin the week of October 8th Ages 8-14
Cost $95 Registration begins September 10, 2013
Registration forms: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/whatsnew.asp
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Class Times: 4:00-4:45pm, 5:00-5:45pm, 6:00-6:45pm, 7:00-7:45pm

Session 1: Oct. 9th - Nov. 15th
Session 2: Jan. 8th - Feb. 14th
Session 3: April 23rd - May 30th

Open Swim
Wednesdays 5:00 - 8:00pm & Saturdays 10:00 – 2:00pm, Location: Martinez


FootballFlag Football

Registration: Begins Sep 3 and ends Sep 21
Registration forms: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/whatsnew.asp
Dates: 3rd week of Sep to the week before Thanksgiving
Cost: $20 per child for the program
Ages 5-6 play @Martinez Saturdays 9:00-12:00pm
Ages 7-9 play @Troup Tues and Thurs 4:30-7:30pm
Ages 10-12 play @King/Robinson Mon and Wed 4:30-7:30pm


RugbyFlag Rugby League

Location: L.W. Beecher Museum School of Arts and Sciences
Dates: September 24through October 31
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Ages: 7to13
Registration forms: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/whatsnew.asp
New Haven Parks and Recreation, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT 06515
For more information contact Andrew Marullo at MO@drive2succeed.org
www.drive2succeed.org


Kayak TouringLevel 1: Intro to Kayaking

Date and Time: September 8, 2012 - 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Lighthouse Point Park
Cost: $100 for New Haven Residents/$130 for non-residents.
Ages: 13+ (ages 13-16 must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Participants will learn to be confident and safe paddlers with the skills to participate in kayak touring in protected waters. This course will cover the standard American Canoe Association curriculum including complete equipment needs, car-topping, trip-planning and risk management. It will also cover all basic strokes for maneuvering, stability and recovery: forward, reverse, stopping, sidedraws, bow and stern rudders, and bracing. Safety components include capsizing/wet-exit, boat-swim, swimmer-rescue, deep-water assisted recoveries and self rescues.

For more information, or for registration please contact:
Martin Torresquintero
(203) 946-6768  
mtorresq@newhavenct.net


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Lighthouse Point Migration FestivalLighthouse Point Park Migration Festival
Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies

Sunday, September 23, 2012 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
A suggested donation of $5.00 per car is requested to help fund next year’s event

Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England! Lighthouse Point Park is a recognized Important Birding Area.

- Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!
- See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations!
- Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!
- Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
- Tour the Historic Lighthouse!
- Live Music!
- Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
- Bird walks and more!

Schedule of Events
8:00 am – ongoing Hawk Watching (mid field viewing area)
8:00 am to 9:30 am Bird Walk led by Chris Loscalzo
8:30 am to 11:00 am Bird Banding Demo w/ CT Audubon Society
9:00 am to 10:00 am Hawk Flight I.D. Workshop CT Ornithological Association
9:30 am to 10:45 am Children’s Bird Walk led by Corrie Folsom-O’keefe
9:30 am to 10:45 am Bird Walk led by Mike Horn
9:30 am to 3:00 pm Monarch Butterfly Tagging in the Butterfly Garden
11:15 am to 12:15 Horizon Wings– Live Raptor Show
9:00 am to 11:30 am
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Lighthouse Tours
12:15 to 1:15pm Live Music
11am to 2:30 pm Ride the Historic Carousel
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm “Skyhunters in Flight” – Falconry Demo

This Migration event is funded by Audubon CT, The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven and the Board of Park Commissioners.

Event partners include: New Haven Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Trees, Friends of Lighthouse Pt. Park, New Haven Bird Club, CT Butterfly Association, Audubon Connecticut, CT Ornithological Association , CT Audubon Society, Northeast Hawk Watch, The Community Foundation and the Peabody Museum.


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Hiking

Intro to Archery

The Beginner Archery series of classes concentrates on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve bows. The beginner session is appropriate for those who have never shot a bow, or those with some previous experience that are seeking a refresher session.

All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students (more if a special group/camp, etc, with advance notice). Classes open to all ages (8 and above). Parents & children may shoot together.

West Rock Nature Center, Ages 8+, Cost: $30
Session I September 5, 12, 19
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Session II October 20, 27 & November 3
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session III October 20, 27, & November 3
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

For more information: call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Outdoor Adventure Club

The OAC is open to students ages 8-11.
Time: 3:30 pm—5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Interested in Archery? Mountain Biking? Canoeing? Hiking?
Check out the list of activities below:

Date Activity Location
Tuesday, September 11 Archery West Rock Nature Center
Tuesday, September 18 Mountain Biking Parks Office
(720 Edgewood Ave)
Tuesday, October 9 Canoeing Mill River-East Rock Park
(Orange St/Cold Spring St)
Tuesday, October 16 Giants Steps Hike East Rock Park
(Orange St/Cold Spring St.)

For more information call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Nature PalsNature Pals

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00
September 12 through October 24
New Location: Barnard Nature Center, 200 Derby Ave.

Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and walks through Edgewood Park. Children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome). Kosher snack provided. We meet rain or shine!

$42 for 7 week session ($6/week).
$7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Email naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com for more information and to pre-register, or
check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NaturePalsFOEP


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Ranger Program Schedules

New Haven Park Rangers
Left to right: Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams, Dan Barvir

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

Day Date Time Program Leader
Wed 5, 12, 19, & 26 8am to 11am Hawk Watching at Lighthouse Pt Park Barvir
Thu 6 10am to 11:30am Ranger led Bird Walk Barvir
Sat 8 10am to 1pm Park Trail Work and Cleanup with the
Friends of East Rock Park
Barvir
Tue 11 10am to 11:30am Patriot Day Remembrance Day Williams
  11 1pm to 3:00pm Soldiers and Sailors Monument Tours ($5) Staff
Thu 13 7:00pm to 8:30pm Bat Walk at Edgewood Park Williams
Sat 15 8am to 9:30am Bird Walk at Lighthouse Park Barvir
  15 9:30 t0 11:30am Park Clean Up and lite Trail work with the
New Haven Bird Club
(meet at the Hawk watching area Mid-field)
Barvir
  15 11am to 3pm Soldiers and Sailors Monument Tours ($5) Staff
Tue 18 6pm to 8pm Bat Walk in East Rock Park Barvir
Fri 21 11:30am to 1pm Last Day of Summer Hike Williams
Thu 20 & 27 9:30am to 11:30am Hawk watching at the East Rock Summit Barvir
Sat 22 $ 29 8am to 1pm Hawk watching at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
Sun 23 8am to 3pm Migration Fest at Lighthouse Pt. Park ($5/car) Staff

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 946-6086 for directions, more information, and to register for these programs. Trowbridge program calendar is available on the web at: http://newhavencity.webship.com/Parks/ranger/eastrock.asp All programs meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School.


Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park
Staff: Harry Coyle, Park Ranger

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Tue 4 3:30 - 4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 5 9:30 - 11 am Summer Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
  5 1 - 2 pm Summer Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Thu 6 3:30 - 4:30 pm Reptile & Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 11 3:30 - 5 pm Archery - Outdoor Adventure Club (West Rock Nature Center) Harry/Joe
Wed 12 9:30 - 11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Barnard Nature Center) * Harry
  12 9:30 - 11 am Summer Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Thu 13 7 - 8:30 pm Bat Hike (Edgewood Park’s Coogan Pavilion) Harry/Wray
Fri 14 5 - 7 pm Public Canoe Rentals (East Rock Park) *
Mill River Boat Launch Site
Harry/Joe
Mon 17 3 - 4:30 pm Introduction to Crabbing (East Rock Park)
Mill River Boat Launch Site
Harry/Joe
Tue 18 3:30 - 5 pm Biking - Outdoor Adventure Club (West Rock Nature Center) Harry/Joe
Wed 19 9:30 - 11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Barnard Nature Center)* Harry
Thu 20 10 - 11 am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Park’s Coogan Pavilion) Harry
Sat 22 10 am - 12 pm First Day of Autumn Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Wed 26 9:30 - 11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Barnard Nature Center)* Harry
Thu 27 10 - 11 am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Park’s Coogan Pavilion) Harry
Fri 28 6 - 8:30 pm Full Moon Kayaking (Lighthouse Point Park)* Harry/Joe

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/. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34.

* Fee required


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Holiday Tree SoughtHoliday Tree Sought

Missing! 55 to 70 foot tall Norway Spruce or Douglas Fir tree (not a blue spruce). The staff of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees has been looking for a very special tree to be used on the New Haven Green during the winter holidays. Have you seen this tree? If so, would you like to donate the tree to the city?

The donated tree will be decorated with over 30,000 lights; be the holiday centerpiece of the historic green and will be removed from your property free of charge.

Trees between 25 and 40 feet high will be considered for future years or other locations.

To donate a tree call Christy Hass at the Parks’ Maintenance Division (203) 946-8004 or chass@newhavenct.net.
If you have a photo of the tree; please include in your e-mail.


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Migration Festival Highlights

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