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May Newsletter 2014, Volume 5, Number 5
Creating Community through People, Parks and 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 4
All sessions are full

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

Summer Camp 2014

Summer Camp Brochures are Here!

Camps Programs Include:
• Basketball Leagues
• Splashpads & Summer Pool Schedule
• Tennis
• Community Recreation
• Theater Camp
• Music & Video Camp
• Canoeing & Kayaking Camp
• Mountain Biking Camp
• Eco Adventure Camps
• Here Comes The Bus!

ParksClick here to download the flyer from the Parks website.


New Haven Volleyball Tournaments

Men’s Tournament

Women’s Tournament

Co-Ed Tournament
May 17th, 2014
Entry Fee $150
9:00am-4:00pm
Single Elimination
2 out of 3 Game Match
Intermediate (B,BB)
Advanced (A,AA)
Men Only (no exceptions)
May 17th, 2014
Entry Fee $100
9:00am-4:00pm
Single Elimination
2 out of 3 Game Match
Intermediate (B,BB)
Advanced (A,AA)
Women Only (no exceptions)
May 24st, 2014
Entry Fee $150
9:00am-4:00pm
Single Elimination
2 out of 3 Game Match
Intermediate (B,BB)
Advanced (A,AA)
2 Women minimum

volley ballDIVISION RULES & GUIDELINES
Up to 6 players on the court at one time.
Catches, carries, throws, nets, and lines will be called.
Safety rules will be enforced including running into/under the net and into other players.

For more information contact:
Download the flyer from the New Haven Parks website
Felicia Shashinka at 203-946-8088 or email at NewHavenVolleyball@Gmail.com.


Ttennisennis Lessons - Spring 2014

    • Pee Wee Tennis (ages 5-7)
    • Little Champs (ages 8-10)
    • Future Stars Tennis (ages 11-12)
    • Stars Tennis (ages 13-14)

*Each session includes a beginner group and an intermediate group*
ParksClick here to download the flyer from the Parks website.
For more Information contact Christian McNamara at cmcnamara@nhyte.org


Open School Programs

aerobicsOpen School Programs take place at schools around the City of New Haven. The New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees provides a host of physical and non-traditional activities geared to promote health and well-being for families and individuals through recreational activities. Our goal is to promote a healthy, safe, fun-filled environment that encourages a lifetime of wellness.

For a complete listing of Open Schools locations, program days and times please visit the Parks Website.


Head Start AthleticsHead Start Athletics Program

This program provides young aspiring athletes the opportunity to learn the basic motor skills of all different sports through repetition, games, and challenges.

Who: For children ages 4 to 6
When: Saturdays, 10:00am to 11:30am began March 29th. 6 weeks.
Where: Martinez School, 100 James St. New Haven
How Much: $25 per child

Need help finding healthy food or a place to exercise? It’s all coming together at GetHealthyCT.org.
Mission:
To eliminate obesity by removing barriers to healthy eating and physical activity through inclusive collaboration of all stakeholders in our community.

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


Saturday Community Recreation at Celentano School

Parks logo400 Canner Street, New Haven, CT
For students in grades 3rd-6th
Saturdays March 29-May 17
9:00am to 3:00pm

Programs include:
   • Basketball Clinics & Games
   • Soccer Clinics
   • Board Games and Arts and Crafts
   • Parent University - Healthy Eating /Nutrition, Asthma Workshop

This program is free to register. please return flyers to the school or to New Haven Parks and Recreation Office -
720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT.
For More Information Call New Haven Parks and Recreation at 203.946.8027.

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


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Rock the Gauntlet

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 - East Rock Park - New Haven, Connecticut

  • Each Finisher Receives 2 Free Beers from Thimble Island Brewing
  • Climb East Rock
  • Natural & Man Made Obstacles
  • Tech Shirts for First 500 Entrants

Benefits New Haven Parks & Recreation Department's Eco Adventure Camp and Friends of East Rock Park

To register, visit: www.shop-denali.com/runthegauntlet.aspx



Outdoor Adventure Club

Active Adults - Stay active. Meet new people. Learn new skills. Ages: 50+

  • Guided Bike Ride on Farmington Canal Line
    Friday, May 30, 9:30-11:30am, $5/$10**
    **Bike and helmet may be rented for an additional cost

For information call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To register please call: 203-946-8027

After-School Adventures - Winter/Spring 2014

May 28 - Pond Life Studies
Who: Students ages 8-11.
When: Tuesdays, 3:45 - 4:45 pm
How Much: Free!
Where: Edgewood Park (meet at 720 Edgewood Ave)
With: New Haven Park Rangers
Why:
• To have a better appreciation of the natural world in and around New Haven
• Learn outdoor skills
• Learn leadership skills
• Build confidence
• Be physically and mentally active


Lighthouse Tours
May 7, 2-4pm / May 29 & June 2, 1-3 pm / June 20, 12 pm - 3 pm
Lighthouse Point Park
$5 for residents/ $10 for non-residents.
Tours are available on a first come/first served basis or by pre-registration.
No Flip Flips or open toed-shoes
Ages 10+
Participants must be able to climb 87 stairs and an 8 foot ladder.
To register or for information please call 203-946-6559

Family Nature Walk
Friday, May 23, 10 - 11:30 am
Edgewood Ranger Station
Free!

Friday Night Canoe Rentals
Friday, May 23, June 6, June 13
5 pm to 7 pm
$10 per boat for New Haven Residents/$20 for non-residents
$5 per individual paddler New Haven Residents/$10 for individual non-residents
*up to 3 or 4 people per boat (TBD by park staff)

First come, first served. No Experience necessary. PDF, paddle, boat, and American Canoe Association guide provided.
Ages 5+. 16 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult.
Trip length: about 45 minutes.
To register or for information please call 203-946-6559

Public Canoeing - West River
Saturday, May 31, 11 am - 3 pm
$5 per individual New Haven Resident/$10 non - Resident
$10 per boat (3/4 people per boat) New Haven Resident / $20 non - Residents
Boat, Gear, and Guide included.

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


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Nature Pals - Spring 2014: April 23 - June 18

Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM - Barnard Nature Center

Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and outdoor activities.
Designed for children ages 2 to 4 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome).
This program is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Park in partnership with
The New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees.

We meet rain or shine!
$54 for 9 week session ($6/week).
$7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Registration available and fees collected at the first meeting of the session.
Email NaturePalsFOEP@gmail.com for information and to reserve your spot.


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Mountain Bike Race Team!

The New Haven Mountain Bike Racing Team is an 8 week program that give kids access to the sport of mountain biking, teaches them the skills needed to compete and flourish in the sport in a team based setting, and will deliver them to regional and local cycling events.

West Rock Nature Center
1080 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT 06514

Tuesdays, Thursdays at 5PM, Every Other Saturday Practice at 8AM, April 29th - June 15th
For boys and girls ages 13-18 years old
New Haven Residents Only $30 Per Session

Contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Martin Torresquintero (203)946-6768 mtorresq@newhavenct.net


Race the Wrock!Race the Wrock! # 4 RT66

USAC Connecticut State Championship
West Rock Nature Center, 1080 Wintergreen Ave. Hamden CT
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Now in its ELEVENTH season, The ROOT 66 Race Series is a series of races put on by racers, bike clubs and shops dedicated to quality mountain bike racing. The ROOT 66 mission is to provide New England riders with the most competitive, yet fun racing for all.

Course: A 7 mile lope with 800 feet of elevation consisting of loose rocck, uphills/downhills, rocky double track, fast cart roads. A small amount of closed to cars apshalt.

For more information visit: www.bikereg.com/race-the-wrock-root66


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New Park Informational Kiosks on the Summit of East Rock Park

New Haven Parks, Recreation and Trees Department are proud to announce the installation of two new educational kiosks at East Rock’s Summit overlook.


One sign focuses on the impact of glacial actions on our local geology. The map text explains why many of the lan features are the way they look today and how they came to be. The map also points out many sites of interest one can explore, in the park, to find glacial signs of our geological past. Credit goes to Dr. Copeland MacClintock and David Sherwood, from Yale’s Geology Department for the creation of this new signage.

The other larger kiosk is a Panorama photo view of local, historical and other significant land features as seen from the summit. Points of interested are numbered and labeled, so one can easily locate sites visually around our city and beyond. Panorama photo credits go out Enzo Figueres and historic photos inserts courtesy of New Haven Museum. Special thanks go out to all the contributors to this Community serving project, the Staff at the Yale’s Peabody Museum and Geology Department, the Friends of East Rock with financial contributions from Roger Ibbtson and Jody Sindelar and New Haven Parks Department staff.

East Rock’s Summit road is open 7days a week, 8am to sunset, at this time of year. We invite you to visit the Park, enjoys the views and check out the new kiosks.


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Birders Notes:

Peregrine Falcons Return to the Cliffs of East Rock Park

Once again, a pair of Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) have take up residence on the cliffs in East Rock Park. Over the past 3 years, this once endangered species, has nested and fledged young from this site.

Peregrine falcon
Peregrin Falcon - photo taken by Steve Broker

Considered the fastest animal on the planet, these falcons can exceed speeds of 175 to 200 mph in dive. Sometime called the "Duck Falcon", these birds hunt their prey in flight. Many modern day fighter jets mimic many of the features found in the Peregrine’s body shape.

Male falcons tend to be smaller than the females. Generally, nests hold 3 to four eggs that take about 33 days to hatch.

If you would like to observe these Masters of the Sky, I suggest the overlook area at College Woods, next to Geology kiosk. It is a great spot to scope out and observe them going through their daily routine. Look for the whitewash from their droppings on the cliff face to locate them.

As with any wild animal, Please do not disturb the birds at the nest site and enjoy them from a respectful distance.

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The New Haven Ranger Program holds weekly Bird Walks through out the season, so check out our website calendar and our monthly newsletter.of events and joins us this spring.

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


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International Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8 AM - 3 PM

East Rock Park: 41 Cold Spring Street, New Haven CT

  • 8am, 9am & 11am: Guided Bird Walks, meet at Eli Whitney Museum
  • 10am-12:30pm: Park Clean up, meet at East Rock Park Ranger Station
  • 10am-11:30am: Live Bird Display, College Woods Green
  • 9am-12:00pm: Migration Festival Activities, College Woods Green
  • 1pm-2:00pm: Live Raptor Show, College Woods Green

Join Audubon CT, Menunkatuck Audubon Society, Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society, New Haven Parks and Recreation, and Friends of East Rock Park in a day–long festival with guided bird walks, live bird shows, information on creating bird-friendly communities, and an oppor-tunity to help clean up the park. Main festivities at East Rock Park College Woods Green, 41 Cold Spring St. New Haven. Bird Walks leave from Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. Contact Katie at kblake@audubon.org

Common Ground High School: 358 Springside Avenue, New Haven, CT

  • 9:30am-12:30pm: Planting Common Ground’s Educational Wetland

Join Common Ground High School students & families, and Yale alumni in planting trees, shrubs, and other plants in and around a new educational wetland. This site will be dedicated to Javier Martinez, a Common Ground senior and emerging environmental leader lost to gun violence in December. Come dressed for outdoor work. Children welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet at Common Ground. Contact Joel at jtolman@commongroundct.org

Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve: 1040 Quinnipiac Avenue, New Haven, CT

  • 10am-1:00pm: Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve Work Day

Join the New Haven Land Trust in planting trees, clearing trash and getting this beautiful pre-serve ready for another season! Directions: from Quinnipiac Avenue, look for a black gate with the sign for the preserve. Contact Justin at justinelicker@gmail.com

Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge: 733 Old Clinton Road, Westbrook, CT

  • 1pm-3:00pm: Walk on the Wild Side Nature Presentation

Join Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge staff for a walk along a one-mile salt marsh trail to encounter LIVE ANIMALS and taxidermy animal models. Wildlife experts and rehabilita-tors will demonstrate the animals and answer your questions. There will also be nature games, wildlife mystery boxes, and complimentary refreshments. Contact Shaun at Shaun_Roche@fws.gov

The New Haven Harbor Watershed Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

In 2012, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service launched the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative to connect urban audiences and restore habitat in important cities. Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases program was recently designated one of eight Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships in the country– officially titled “The New Haven Harbor Watershed Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership!” Through this partnership, we are connecting people and habitats; restoring open spaces to enhance biodiversity, improve water quality in Long Island Sound and increase habitat connectivity; and we are inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders.

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


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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
Thu 1 10am to 11:30 am Senior Bird Walk Barvir
Sat 3 8am to 11am Bird Walk with the New Haven Bird Club
Public welcome- Meet at Rice Field , East Rock Park
Barvir
Wed 7 10am to 2:00pm May Babies Barvir
Fri 9 10am to 12noon Bird Walk in Edgewood Park
Meet at the Ranger Station
Barvir
Sat 10 10am to 1pm Park Cleanup and Trail with the Friends of East Rock Park Staff
  10 8am to 3:00pm International Bird Migration Day Event - Parks and Audubon
Birdwalks , Info booths , Live Bird displays, lots of Family fun
Barvir
Sun 11 9am to 11am Mother’s Day Bird Walk at Edgerton Park
Meets at the Carriage House
Barvir
Tue 13 8am to 9:30am Spring Bird Walk at East Rock Park Barvir
Fri 16 12noon to 1:00pm Who Eats What?? Animal Feeding show Williams
Sat 17 2:30pm to 3:45pm Family Nature Walk at Lighthouse Point Park along the Salt Marsh Trail
Meet at the Butterfly Garden
Barvir
Mon 19 9:00am Pre-Memorial Day Hike Williams
    2:00pm Pre-Memorial Day Hike Williams
Tue 20 8am to 9:30am Spring Bird Walk at East Rock Park Barvir
Fri 23 9am to 11am Spring Bird Walk at West Rock State Park
Meet at the Lake Wintergreen Parking Area
Barvir
Sat 31   Native American Pow-Wow  

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
Wed 7 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 8 3:30-4:30 pm Senior Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Mon 12 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
Tue 13 3:30-4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 14 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  14 1-2 pm Spring Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
Tue 20 10-11am Senior Nature Walk (Meet at the Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
  20 3:30-4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 21 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 22 3:30-4:30 pm Spring Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Tue 27 3:30-4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 28 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 29 10-11 am Spring Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Fri 30 3:30-4:30 pm Owl Pellet Program (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

Get Fit Day - April 5, 2014

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Volunteers Cleaning Up the East Rock Park

Volunteers Cleaning Up the East Rock Park
Quinnipiac College students on April 5th "Day of Caring" Big Park Clean Up

Volunteers Cleaning Up the East Rock Park
Wintergreen School students and parents helping pick up litter in East Rock Clean Up on April 5th

Volunteers Cleaning Up the East Rock Park
Eastern (grey phase) Screech Owl found on our New Haven Bird Club Bird Walk and Park Clean up on April 12th.
Photo credit - William Batsford


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