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February Newsletter 2014, Volume 5, Number 2
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

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

ParksClick 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

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


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February Vacation Camp 2014

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)|

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


Free Fitness ProgramFree Fitness - Get Fit

Drop In and Participate, Free for All Ages.

Get Fit Sundays and New Haven Parks and Recreation are Promoting
Free Fitness for the City of New Haven Residents.
Sign and Return Registration Form to the Above Address.

Martinez School
Tuesdays & Thursday
6:30 to 7:30pm
Career High School
Mondays & Wednesdays
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Beecher School
Mondays & Wednesdays
5:30pm to 6:30pm

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


Kayak LessonsBasic Kayak Lessons

Winter Pool Sessions for 2014
Tuesday Night Classes
From 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This time is for kayak lessons. Our ACA Instructors are there to help you achieve your kayak paddling goal whether it be learning to roll, capsize recoveries or just work on the basic boat handling skills. Upon request, we can accommodate those who wish to work in a canoe. We use only ACA certified instructors in both kayak and canoe.

 

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


Hot Shot Contestbasketball

The Hotshot Contest is a fun, simple, City-wide basketball shooting contest for boys and girls ages 9 to 15. Each player will have 3, 1–minute rounds to shoot from hotspots placed on the court. Prizes will be awarded to the !st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each age group at the city championship.

Preliminary Trial Locations
Wechsler Grant School
Troup School
Hill Central School
Martinez School
Clinton Avenue School
Berchr School
Sheridan School
Roberto Clemente School
Ross Woodward School
King Robinson School
Monday, February 10
Tuesday, February 11
Wednesday February 12
Thursday, February 13
Friday, February 14
Monday, February 24
Tuesday, February 25
Wednesday, February 26
Thursday, February 27
Friday, February 28
All trials take place at 6:00 pm.

For more information call 203-946-8027 or e-mail rcone@newhavenct.net

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

New Haven Parks is hosting another Snow Sculpture Contest

Participants are encourage to create snow sculptures at the following sites:

New Haven Green near the flagpole
College Woods by the Ranger Station
Edgewood Park by the Gazebo on Yale Ave

Participants must register their sculptures by the designated date and post photos of their snow sculpture to the New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Trees Facebook Page. Pictures must be uploaded to our Facebook page by 10am on Thursday, February 6, 2014. in order to qualify for prizes (Gift Certificates donated by Trailblazer). Additionally, participants can register their entries by sending a photo with the description an location of the sculpture to the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at mtorresq@newhavenct.net

All sculptures must be in good taste and non-offensive.Please do not block sidewalks or roads, or interfere with the operation of playground equipment. Winners will be contacted via Facebook and or email. Good luck!

Martin Torresquintero, Outdoor Adventure Coordinator : mtorresq@newhavenct.net


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Outdoor Adventure ClubRanger hat

Public Family Archery - Winter 2014

February 5, 12, 26, & March 5 (4 Wednesday’s)
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Wintergreen Building
200 Wintergreen Ave New Haven, CT
Ages: 10+
Cost $60 per New Haven Resident, $80 for Non-Resident

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 seek- ing a refresher session. All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students.
Parent and child are encouraged to shoot together.

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

After School Archery - Winter 2014

February 5, 12, 26, & March 5 (4 Wednesday’s)
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Wintergreen Building
200 Wintergreen Ave New Haven, CT
Ages: 8—13
Cost: Free to New Haven residents.

The After School Archery series of classes concentrates on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve bows. All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver). Class is limited to 10 students. Open to New Haven Residents Only

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


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

  • Guided Hike to Judge’s Cave (Meet at West Rock Nature Center)
    Friday, Feb 28, 9:30 - 11:00am, $5/$10
  • Navigating with GPS (Geocaching) at West Rock Nature Center
    Friday, Mar 21, 9:30-11:00am, $5/$10*
  • Hike to East Rock Summit and Climb Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
    Friday, Apr 25, 9:30-11:30am, $5/$10
  • Guided Bike Ride on Farmington Canal Line
    Friday, May 30, 9:30-11:30am, $5/$10**

*Use of GPS units included in the price. Participants may bring their own.
**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

March 26 - Geocaching
April 30 - Shelter Building/Survival
May 28 - Pond Life Studies

Who: Students ages 8-11.
When: Tuesday’s 3:45 pm-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

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


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One Less Car Program

One Less CarSince its inception in last November, the One Less Car program has already provided over seven bicycles to City of New Haven Full Time Employees that have enrolled in the program.

The One Less Car concept is designed to increase participants health, decrease traffic and pollution, and promote awareness of alternative transportation. Besides becoming healthier and more productive, cyclists save money by not using their cars. According to gotriangle.com, a resident that commutes 5 miles each way, every day, and drives an average vehicle with a fuel consumption of 18 miles/gallon (city driving), can save over $400 dollars/year in fuel costs alone if she or he will bike to work two days a week ($3.60 gallon). Add parking fees, wear and tear on your vehicle, etc, and the savings can be over a thousand dollars.

To date Public Safety, Parks Department, City Plan, and Board of Education full time employees are among the ones that have gotten free bikes and gear, and have signed the Smart Cyclist Pledge, which is also a requirement for enrollment.

One Less Car bicycles are previously owned bikes that have been fully inspected and reconditioned by the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, with parts donated by Amity Bikes and the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop. Transportation Traffic and Parking has also donated safety stickers, and reflectors.

If you will like to donate a road, touring, or mountain bike that is no longer being used; or if you will like to learn more how to enroll into the program, please contact the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator Martin Torresquintero (203)946-6768 mtorresq@newhavenct.net


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Birders Notes: Winter Birding around New Haven

Red-headed WoodpeckerDo you know that 22 percent of land that lies within our City’s boundaries is park land? Many different habitats can be found with in these public areas, offering birders and nature lovers many opportunities to view the creatures found there. Even though some animals are less active at this time, the birds that remain in our area or have move down from the north, still can be found foraging for food on days that are not sub-zero.

For example, for over 100 years, Bird watchers, scientists and nature enthusiast, have held an annual Christmas Bird Count. This Bird Hunt, teams of individuals armed with binoculars, birding scopes and cameras, are assigned defined areas, to find and record different bird species and record their numbers. This date is collected, tallied and complied by Bird Clubs, across the country and beyond, and sent to the National Audubon Society, which publishes an Annual magazine, listing all the count sites and what was found. In the New Haven area, the 114th Christmas Count , was coordinated by volunteers from the New Haven Bird Club.

This data, over time, is helps ornithologists, better understand what is going on in the bird world as to population rises or declines, along with which species have moved further north or south. This information may prove important as to our planet’s environmental health and show clearly the impacts of global warming.

Another benefit to Birders and naturalists alike, is the sharing of locations where rare species were found . Many of these birds are historically found with our City’s parks. If these rare birds stay in the area where they were found , it is possible, that they could attract hundreds human observers, offering them an opportunity to add them to their Life or State bird lists. To give people an idea , at what great lengths , birders will go to add new birds to their personnel list, I suggest watch a comical movie called “ The Big Year “, with Steve Martin and Jack Black.

On this year’s count, some of the best birds sighted included: Snowy Owls, Barrow’s Goldeneye (Duck sp). Harlequin Ducks and a Red-headed Woodpecker.

If you are interested in finding out more about birds and the natural world found in our New Havens’ parks, join your local Park Rangers on any of the walks that are offered by the New Haven Parks, Recreation and Tree Department.

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


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New Mini Exhibit at the Trowbridge Center at East Rock Park
Views and Clues to East Rock’s Past

Trowbridge Environmental CenterThe Park Ranger staff at Trowbridge Environmental Center is pleased to announce at a new small exhibit that will be on display from February until mid–April. The exhibit will feature interesting items found in the ground around the East Rock Park area by local metal detecting enthusiast, along with documents, paintings and prints pertaining to this area’s historic past.

The Trowbridge Center will be holding open house on the following dates and times for viewing of the exhibit:
Saturday, February 1 & 15th 11am to 3pm
Saturday March 8th & 22nd 1pm to 3pm

Call 203-946-6086 or email Ranger Dan for directions, more information

Trowbridge Center ExhibitTrowbridge Center Exhibit
Items found in the ground around the East Rock Park area


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Black History Month

One thing that made a huge impact on my life was the West Rock Nature Center. My introduction came by way of the naturalist there named Bob Macklin. This was the first time for me seeing an African American working with nature. Being a young African American male at the time, I was intrigued, but at the same time bothered. I felt the desire to stay with this line of work. It helped me feel my heritage. I wanted to show other African Americans that yes, we can go in the woods. Cleaning cages, caring for animals and trail work were just a few of the chores my friends and I completed with great enthusiasm. Becoming a ranger has been one of my greatest achievements. I’ve been able to teach children, many inner-city kids, there are alternatives to sports and entertaining, how to enjoy nature and to protect it for future generations. . The vision of coordinator Tony Cosenza made the ground for me, and hundreds of others, to grow and find our futures.

Ranger Wray Williams
Ranger Wray running a program at Fair Haven Library

New Haven Parks Dept. offers many opportunities to connect with nature. Although society is becoming more geared to indoor and electronic activities, the allure of the great outdoors is ever present. Birding, canoeing, hiking and bicycling are just a few examples of what is out there. Venture out and enjoy nature’s wonders.

~ Submitted by Ranger Wray Williams


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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 1 11am to 2:00pm Pre-Ground Hog Day Program Williams
Tue 4 6:00pm to 7:30pm Owl Prowl at East Park
Meet at the Parking area at North Meadows
Barvir
Fri 7 10am to 11:30am Bird Walk - Look for returning Red-winged Blackbirds Barvir
Sat 8 11am-1pm Hike up Indian Head Peak\ Snow shoe Walk
Snow shoe rentals: $5.00
Staff
Wed 12 10 to 11:30am Bird Walk Barvir
Sat 15 12noon to 1:30pm National Tooth Month - "Who Eats What"
Feeding Time at the Trowbridge Center
Williams
Mon 17 Closed President’s Day ---
Tue-Fri 18-21 9am to 3pm Vacation Camp at Trowbridge Center
Call 203- 946-6768 for more info
Staff
Wed 26 10am to 11:30am Bird Walk along Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park
Meet at the Long Wharf pier parking area
Barvir
Fri 28 10am to 12noon Open house at the Trowbridge Center Williams
    1pm to 3pm Animal Tracking Program Williams

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
Mon 3 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 4 10-11 am Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Wed 5 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 6 3:30-4:30 pm Animal Tracking Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 7 3:30-4:30 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Sun 9 10 am-12 pm **Valentine’s Card Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 10 3:30-4:30 pm Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Wed 12 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
  12 3:30-4:30 pm **Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 14 10-11 am
1-2 pm
3:30-4:30 pm

Valentine’s Day Nature Walks
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)

Harry
Sat 15 11 am-12 pm **Owl Pellet Program
(New Haven Free Public Library-Fair Haven Branch at 182 Grand Avenue)
Harry
Tue 18 10-11 am
1-2 pm
3-4 pm
**Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 19 10-11 am
1-2 pm
3-4 pm
Winter Tree Walk (Gather out in front of the Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Thu 20 10-11 am
1-2 pm
3-4 pm
**Owl Pellet Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 21 10-11 am
1-2 pm
3-4 pm
Animal Tracking Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 24 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue) Harry
Tue 25 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 26 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup* (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Thu 27 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

CARE Ice Fishing Class

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Positive Adventure Initiative

Positive Adventure Initiative
Students from Hillhouse learning to ski and snowboard with
the Outdoor Adventure Program at Mount Southington.
Positive Adventure Initiative
Students from Hillhouse go on a late fall bicycle and tricycle
ride led by the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator on the Farmington Canal Bike Path

Positive Adventure Initiative is based upon challenging, safe and fun outdoor learning experiences, designed to build a better sense of community and cooperation. Students for Dixwell New Light and Hillhouse High schools have been participating in outdoor activities, which separate them from the normal stress and distraction of the urban world. The latest cohorts from the designated schools so far have been rock climbing, ice skating, practicing archery, skiing, and snowboarding.


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