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January Newsletter 2014, Volume 5, Number 1
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Fall Sports and Recreation Programs

Swimming Lessons - Ages 4-18

Tuesdays and Thursdays:
4:00-4:45pm
5:00-5:45pm
6:00-6:45pm
7:00-7:45pm

Session 2 - Jan. 7th-Feb. 13th
Session 3 - March 4th-April 10th
Session 4 - April 29th-June 5th

In this Issue:

Open Swim

John Martinez
Wednesdays 5:00-8:00pm
Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm
Hillhouse
Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm
Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm
Swimming

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.


Open School Programs

Career
100 Legion Avenue
Monday - Thursday, 5-8pm
- Offering adult exercise option:
- Walking track
- Weight Room
aerobics
John Martinez
100 James Street

Monday - Friday 5-8:30pm
Saturdays 10:30am - 2:30pm
Enter building by doors next to cafeteria
Roberto Clemente
360 Columbus Avenue

Monday - Thursday 5-8:30pm
Enter from backside of school
Wexler Grant
55 Foote Street

Monday - Thursday, 5-8pm
Saturdays, 9:30am to 2:00pm
Enter building on Dixwell side behind old Q-House
Hill Central School
140 Dewitt Street

Monday-Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm
Enter through front entrance
King Robinson
150 Fournier Street

Monday - Friday 5-8:30pm
Enter upstairs gym entrance
Ross Woodward
185 Barnes Avenue

Monday,- Friday 5-8pm
Clinton Avenue School
293 Clinton Avenue

Friday 5-8pm
Enter the back of building by parking lot
through the gym doors on right
Beecher
100 Jewel Street

Monday - Friday 5-8pm
Troup School
259 Edgewood Avenue

Monday - Fridays, 5-8:309pm
Enter from parking lot path down to doors,
gym is on the right
Sheridan
191 Fountain Street

Fridays 5-8pm

SoccerNew Haven Youth Soccer - Soccer Clinic

At Hill Central School, 140 Dewitt Street, New Haven, CT
Tuesdays, from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
For grades 3rd-6th
Begins on Tuesday, January 7th-February 11

At Beecher School, 100 Jewel Street, New Haven, CT
Tuesdays, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Begins on Tuesday, January 7th-February 11
Ages 4, 5, & 6 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages 7, 8, & 9 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ages 10, 11, 12 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm


February Vacation Camp 2013

Locations:
Trowbridge Nature Center in East Rock Park
John Martinez School, 100 James Street, New Haven, CT
For Ages: 7 to 13
Camp Dates: February 18 - 21, 2014 (Tuesday - Friday)
Camp Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $65.00 *(Campers will be required to bring in additional field trip money that will not exceed $20.00)|
Activities include:
Please visit the website for the activity schedule


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Outdoor Adventure ClubRanger hat

Active Adults
Hike/Snowshoeing

Ages: 50+
Stay active. Meet new people. Learn new skills.
Friday, January 10
9:30 am - 11 am
Location: Parks Administration Office - 720 Edgewood Ave, New Haven, CT
Cost: $5 for NH Residents/ $10 for non-residents

Full Moon Hike
Ages: 12+
Enjoy the West Rock Nature Center by the light of the moon. After the hike enjoy a warm fire.
Friday, January 17
7:00 PM
Location: West Rock Nature Center - 1090 Wintergreen Ave, New Haven, CT
Cost: $5 for NH Residents/ $10 for non-residents

Family Treks
Easy Hike
Ages: Family
Take a leisurely stroll through Edgewood Park while looking for animal tracks, birds, and more...
Location: Parks Administration Office - 720 Edgewood Ave, New Haven, CT
Cost: Free

After-School Adventures
Animal Tracking
Ages: 9-12
Search for signs of animals in the park. Identify tracks and the habitat where the animals live.
Location: Parks Administration Office - 720 Edgewood Ave, New Haven, CT
Cost: Free

Reptile & Amphibian Program
Ages: All
Learn about native and exotic reptiles and amphibians. Live creatures!
Location: Fair Haven Library. 182 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT
Cost: Free

For more info, contact Joe Milone, Park Ranger - jmilone@newhavenct.net, (203) 946-6559
New Haven Parks, Recreation & Trees


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Bike Repair Workshop

Bike repairSooner or later a cyclist will have to deal with a flat tire, derailed chains, brakes issues, etc. Be prepared for this and other such problems by learning some basic bicycle repair and maintenance techniques.

The Outdoor Adventure Coordinator will hold a clinic on flat repair, basic maintenance, and on-the-road skills, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:30PM 720 Edgewood avenue, New Haven, CT 06515. Cost of this workshop is $5 dollars for New Haven Residents and $10 for non New Haven residents.

Please pre-register and bring clothes that may get stained with grease. Tools will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their bikes, or choose one of the bikes that will be available.


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Birders Notes: 2013 Fall Hawk Watch Season at Lighthouse Point Park

red-tailed hawkAs Lighthouse Point Park settles in for the cold winter and the Fantasy of Lights brightens the night, the annual Hawk watch, sponsored by the New Haven Bird Club and the New Haven Parks Department, announces that it tallied over 10,800 plus Birds of Prey this 2013 season.

Long known to birders as a fall hot spot for viewing migrating raptors and songbirds, observers have been collecting data on migrating birds for over 28 years. This year,16 species of hawks, eagle and falcons were observed along with over 170-plus songbird species by a talented crew of volunteer counters. This group of 7 daily count leaders were assisted by over 20 helpers. More than 3,000 visitors flocked to this nationally recognized “Important Birding Area” this fall.

Highlights this season included a Migration festival in September, Park Clean ups, and a Butterfly and Hummingbird garden, many public hawks watch program and a end of the season Hawk counter picnic. The Hawk watch starts officially on September 1 and is manned till November 30.

Special thanks goes out to all the dedicated volunteers involved with this great site, this year they logged in over 668 hours of data collection. Special thanks goes out to all daily counters, and Steve Mayo, who has compiled all the collect data.

The Lighthouse Point Park watch is open daily weather permitting, public is welcome. Even though we have entered the winter season, Lighthouse Point Park’s fields, woodlands, Salt marsh, tidal creek, shoreline hold many different bird species waiting to be discovered.

We, at New Haven Parks, encourage you to get out and explore the natural world found in many of our parklands or join us next year, after Sept. 1, if you would like to be a part of this migration miracle.

Submitted by Ranger Daniel Barvir, East Rock Park, 203-946-6086


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East Rock Road Bridge Progress Report - January 2014

The reconstruction of the East Rock Road Bridge is moving along on schedule.

Currently, most of the bridge’s “Iron Works” support structures have been delivered to the site. Over the next few months, the beams will lifted into place and secured, as weather conditions permit.

If everything continues as planned, we can expect the new bridge to reopen for traffic in late April or early May.

East Rock Road bridge

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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
Sat 4 9:30am to 3:30pm Cocoa and Critters Open House Williams
Tue 7 6pm to 7:30pm Owl Prowl and Night Walk* Barvir
Wed 8 9am & 2pm Animal Tracking Program Williams
Thu 9 6pm to 7pm Owl Prowl and Night Walk at Edgerton Park
Meet at the Carriage House
Barvir
Fri 10 10-11:30am Winter Bird Walk* Barvir
Sat 18 10am to 11:30am Winter Hike/Snow Shoe walk *
Snow shoe rental $5.00 or bring your own
Staff
Tue 21 12noon to 1pm MLK Lunch Hike Series * Williams
Wed 22 12noon to 1pm MLK Lunch Hike Series * Williams
  22 10am-11:30 Winter Bird Walk* Barvir
Thu 23 12noon to 1pm MLK Lunch Hike Series * Williams
Fri 24 12noon to 1pm MLK Lunch Hike Series * Williams
Wed 29 10am-11:30 Winter Bird Walk* Barvir

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. All programs meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $3.00 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School. The main entrance is adjacent to the picnic pavilion in College Woods.
*Dress for Outdoor weather conditions


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

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Sat 4 11 am-12 pm Animal Tracking Program (New Haven Free Public Library-Fair Haven) Harry
Mon 6 10-11 am Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Tue 7 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 8 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 9 3:30-4:30 pm Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop** (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 13 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 15 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 17 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Tue 21 6:30-8:30 pm CARE Family Ice Fishing Class (Barnard Nature Center) Harry & Joe
Wed 22 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 23 3:30-4:30 pm Animal Tracking Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 27 3:30-4:30 pm Owl Pellet Program** (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 28 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Wed 29 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 31 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry

Pre-registration for programs is Mandatory by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at: (203) 691-3539 or hcoyle@newhavenct.net for directions, more information, and to pre-register for these programs. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven/Non New Haven Residents except as noted. 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. **(New Haven Residents-$5.00 Non New Haven Residents-$10.00)
For information about Nature Pals, please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.


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Monthly Photo Gallery

Candle and Wreath Making Workshops at the Barnard Nature Center and Trowbridge Environmental Center

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Holiday Tree Lighting - New Haven Green

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