New Haven Parks Newsletter
January Newsletter 2012, Volume 3, Number 1
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

February Vacation Camp

February 21 - 24, 2012
Trowbridge Environmental Center - East Rock Park

  • Februrary Vacation CampIce Skating
  • Swimming
  • Nature Hikes
  • Bowling
  • Games

In this Issue:

Space is limited, available to the first 24 participants who register: 12 - 8 to 10 year olds and 12 - 11 to 13 year olds
Fee: $65 per participant. Fee covers all activities

For more information contact: Hershey Hatton at 203-946-8088 or email hhatton@newhavenct.net
Visit the Parks Website for more info and to download the Registration Form.


Walker Ice Skating Rink

Ralph E. Walker Ice Rink located at 1080 State Street in New Haven.

Cardio SkateCardioSkate™ offers a 50 minute workout that will elevate your heart rate and tone muscle through interval training on the ice. Participant must know who to skate forward, stop and feel comfortable on the ice. Gloves are required for all skaters and light dumbbells (3-5lbs.) are optional. Members of the Elm City Skating Club meet for group lessons every Saturday.

We SkateWeSkate™ members of the Elm City Skating Club - New Haven meet for group lessons at the Ralph E. Walker Ice Rink. Students will be grouped by age and skill level, although some classes may be combined. Each class consists of a 30 minute lesson and 20 minute practice session.

Lil ElmLil’ Elm Skating Club - Your tot (3 - 5yrs.) can learn to skate! Classes consists of a 20 minute group lesson and 30 minute practice / on-ice games. Members of the Elm City Skating Club meet for group lessons every Wednesday at Walker Ice Rink from 3:30pm - 4:20pm. All skaters must wear gloves, helmet and loose fit clothing.

For more information, schedules and stick times for adults, visit the Walker Rink webpage.


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Birders Notes for January 2012

East Shore Park’s "Magic Hedge"

Along the Northern boarders of East Shore Park, lined by pines trees, shrubs and the sewage treatment plant chain fence, lies an area now known as the "Magic Hedge". This site has become one of Connecticut’s best late fall birding hotspots, due to the availability of flying insects that are kept alive well into the fall by treated sewage pools. The insects provided a food source to lingering warblers providing some interesting finds for birders over the past few years.

So far over 13 species of warblers have been spotted at this unique site in the month of November. Other sightings include other insect eaters like species of Swallows and Flycatchers.Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creepers, Black-capped Chickadees, plus assorted sparrows can also be found among the pines row. A variety of Hawks can be seen hunting the fields and hedges along with an occasional Bald Eagle terrorizing the gulls and wintering ducks out on New Haven Harbor.

The extreme west end of the park offers an excellent view of the harbor for gulls, wintering ducks and loons.This fall, one of New Haven‘s most interesting sightings was an immature Brown Pelican that was blown north here by Hurricane Irene. It spent over a month in our area feeding on bait fish or chasing gulls in order to steal their catch. I encourage all to get outside and take walk through this fine park to enjoy the viewing opportunities found there.

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


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Adventure ProgramsJanuary 2012 Adventure Programs

Saturday, January 7
Full Moon Hike at East Rock Park 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Open to participants ages 10+ (ages 10-16 must accompanied by an adult) Enjoy East Rock Park by moonlight. Limited number of flashlights/headlamps will be available.

Saturday, January 14
Animal Tracking at Edgewood Ranger Station 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM/ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Follow tracks and find signs of animals in the park. Ages 3+

Wednesday, January 18
Ice Fishing Clinic at Barnard Nature Center 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Learn about this fun winter sport in the warm confines of the Nature Center. People who participate can also partake in the Ice Fishing Derby held in Coventry, CT on January 28, 2012. Please call Ranger Harry to register or for more information; (203) 691-3539

Thursday, January 19
Kayak Rescue Clinic at Wilbur Cross Pool 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Practice two-person and solo kayak rescue in the warm confines of a swimming pool. We cover wet exits, assisted re-entry, re-entry using a paddle float and the fundamentals that will help you learn to Eskimo roll. Boats and all safety gear are provided. Ages 12+ (Ages 12-16 must be accompanied by an adult) $35 for New Haven Residents/$50 for non-residents

Saturday, January 21
Hot Chocolate Hike at West Rock Nature Center 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Tie on your hiking books, bundle up the children and enjoy a winter hike followed by hot chocolate with marshmallows in front of the fire. Winter is a great time to look for birds, deer, other non-hibernating animals and animal tracks. Ages 3+

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


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January Park Ranger Public Programs

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

Day Date Time Location
Wed 4 10 to 11:30 am   Winter Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Sat 7 9:30 to 11:30am Animal Tracking - Ranger Wray
Sat 7 2:00 to 3:30pm Animal Tracking - Ranger Wray
Tue 10 5 to 7pm Owl Prowl and Night walk - Meet at North Meadows parking area, Summit Dr.
Fri 13 10 to 11:30 am Winter Hike - Ranger Dan
Wed 18 10 to 11:30 am Winter Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Sat 21 9am to 3:00pm Squirrel Appreciation Day:
Come and find out why they are important to our woodlands - Ranger Wray
Tue 31 12 noon to 3pm Cocoa and Critters - Ranger Wray

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. 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
Wed 4 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Mon 9 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 10 3:30-4:30 pm Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry 
Wed 11 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Wed 11 10-11 am Climb the Lighthouse-$3.00 per person (Lighthouse Point Park)-Ranger Terry
Thu 12 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue  17  10-11 am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue  17  3:30-4:15 pm Sea Life of Long Island Sound (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Wed 18  9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Wed 18  6:30-8:30 pm CARE Family Ice Fishing Class (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry
Thu 19 10-11 am Climb the Lighthouse-$3.00 per person (Lighthouse Point Park)-Ranger Terry
Sat 21 9-10 am Pinecone Bird Feeder Making Workshop (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry
Sat 21 11 am-12 pm Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 24 3:30-4:15 pm Winter Birds (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Wed 25 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Fri 27 3:15-4:15 pm Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Sat 28 9-10 am Sea Life of Long Island Sound (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Sat 28 11 am- 12 pm Climb the Lighthouse-$3.00 per person (Lighthouse Point Park)-Ranger Terry
Sat 28 12-3 pm CARE Family Ice Fishing Derby (Coventry Lake in Coventry)-Ranger Harry
Mon 30 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 31 3:30-4:15 pm Learn to use the Compass (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry

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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Adventure Hike

Public van trip to Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield, CT during Christmas Break 2011.

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