New Haven Parks Newsletter
April Newsletter 2012, Volume 2, Number 4
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

April Vacation Camps - Sign up Now!

April Vacation CampApril 16 - 20, 2012,
Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm

East Rock Adventure Camp & Coogan City Camp in Edgewood

In this Issue:

Crafts, Games, Nature Hikes, Swimming, Bowling & more!!!

Each camp available on a first come first served basis to 24 participants (12, 8-10 year olds & 12, 11-13 year olds). Extended Hours Available.

Visit the Parks website for info and registration forms or please call 203-946-8027.


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Sports and Recreation

TennisTennis Lessons

Little Champs Program
This program is designed for children ages 6-8) and are one hour in length. Utilizing the QuickStart format, the participant quickly is learning to rally the ball over the net and playing games.

High School Beginner Clinic
This program is designed for the new high school player and is four hours over two consecitive weekends. Clinic will focus on a basic strokes; incorporating footwork drills and games to give the player the tools to begin to play competitive tennis on thier high school team.

Visit the Parks Department Website for more information and to download the registration form.
Register at the NEW HAVEN PARKS DEPARTMENT
720 Edgewood Ave, New Haven, CT


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Swimming Lessons - Winter 2012

Where: John Martinez, 100 James Street
When: April 24 - May 31, Tuesday & Thursday evenings
Times: 4:00-4:45pm | 5:00-5:45pm | 6:00-6:45pm or 7:00-7:45pm
Cost: $90.00 for five week session, Student instructor ratio will be three to one

Open swim: Wednesday from 5:00-8:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm
Lap Swim: Wednesday from 5:00pm-6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am-11:00am
Private swim lessons: Please call (203)-946-8027 for further information

Click here to download the registration forms
Return to: New Haven Parks & Recreation Office, 720 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven CT
For information call Felicia Shashinka at (203) 946-8088
Also, look for New Haven Parks, Recreation, & Trees on Facebook & Twitter


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New Haven Youth Soccer

New Haven Youth SoccerFor over thirty years, New Haven Youth Soccer has provided fun, safe and competitive soccer programs for all of the children of New Haven. We are excited to continue this tradition and are now accepting registrations for the spring season set to begin the week of April 2nd.

We welcome new or experienced players between the ages of 5 and 14.You can register online or download a registration form at www.nhysoccer.org. Please check the website for more information about the program including locations, times, schedules, and directions.

For information, including financial aid inquiries, contact our Program Director:
Al Gudjonsson: via email at nhysoccer@gmail.com or by phone (203) 467-3273.


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HikingWalks and Hiking

Wednesday Walks - Edgewood Park
April 3, April 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Meet at 720 Edgewood Ave
Be healthier with a Ranger guided stroll through Edgewood Park. These easy hikes are intended for people of all hiking abilities. Hikes are free and appropriate for ages 5+.Family’s welcome. Pre-regsitration required.

Full Moon Hike - East Rock Park
April 5
7 PM - 8:30 PM
Ages: 8+ (8-16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Meet at the East Rock Ranger Station
Hike through East Rock Park by the light of the moon. Please bring flashlight/headlamp. A minimum number will be available. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday Strolls - Edgewood
April 14
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Meet at Edgewood Ranger Station
Be healthier with a Ranger guided stroll through some of New Haven’s most beautiful Parks. Family’s welcome.
Hikes are free and appropriate for ages 6+. Pre-registration is required.

Outdoor Adventure Club - Nature Crafts/Knot Tying
April 25
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Meet at 720 Edgewood Ave
For students ages 8-11 who enjoy the outdoors and want to experience New Havens Parks. The OAC meets once a month and participates in an adventure/nature based program. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday Strolls - Lake Wintergreen
April 28
10 AM - 11:30 AM
Meet at West Rock Nature Center. 1080 Wintergreen Ave. Hamden, CT
Be healthier with a Ranger guided stroll through some of New Haven’s most beautiful Parks. Family’s welcome.
Hikes are free and appropriate for ages 6+. Pre-registration is required.

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


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Intro to ArcheryIntro to Archery

Location: West Rock Nature Center
When: Thursdays May 17, 24 & 31
Fee: $30 per person
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Youth 8 - 15 year olds
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Adult Shooting (16+ yrs)

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.

To register call Ranger Joe Milone at 203-946-6559 or email him atjmilone@newhavenct.net


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April Park Ranger Public Programs

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

Day Date Time Location
Tue 3 10:30 am & 2:30 pm Trees of College Woods Walk - Ranger Wray
Wed 4 10 to 11:30 am Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 11 10 to 11:30 am Trowbridge Drive Walk - Ranger Dan
Meet at the North Meadows Parking area
Sat 14 8 to 9:30 am Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking area

Sat 14 10 am to 1pm Trail Work w/New Haven Bird Club - Ranger Dan & FREP
Meet at East Rock and Livingston Street
Sat 21 9 am to 3 pm Rock to Rock Cycling Event & Trowbridge Center Open House - Staff
Tue 24 8 to 9:30 am Early Morning Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 25 10 to 11:30 am Senior Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Wed 25 3 to 4:30 pm Learn about Amphibians - Ranger Wray
Thu 26 2 to 3:30 pm View the Creepy Crawlies at the Trowbridge Center - Ranger Wray
Sat 28 8 to 11 am Spring Bird Walk - Ranger Dan
Sat 28 12 noon to 4 pm Soldiers and Sailors Monument Tours at the Top of The Rock - Staff

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 203-946-6086 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
Tue 3 10-11am Senior Nature Walk: Edgewood's Duck Pond and West River-Ranger Harry
Tue 3 3-4pm Sea Animals at the Touch Tank (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Wed 4 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Thu 5 3:30-4:30pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Fri 6 3:30-4:30pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry
Mon 9 10-11am Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Mon 9 1-2pm Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry
Tue 10 3:30-4:30pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Harry
Wed 11 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) - Ranger Harry
Fri 13 10-11am Fitness & History:Hike the Forts (meet at Fort Nathan Hale)-Ranger Terry
Tue 24 3:30-4:30pm Sea Animals at the Touch Tank (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Sat 28 11am-3pm Open House (Barnard Nature Center)-Ranger Terry
Mon 30 1-2pm Senior Nature Walk: History of Edgewood Park (Ranger Station)-Ranger Harry

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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Spring Bird Migration in East Rock Park

RobinRanger Notes by Dan Barvir, East Rock Park, April 2012

April and May are great months to explore our City’s Parks as spring kicks in. Both Birds and Flowers abound in all our natural areas, with East Rock and Edgewood Park being among the best for beauty and accessibility.

Spring Bird migration in our area begins in March and continues into late May. Annually, thousands of Neo-tropical migrants pass through our region, as they wing their way north to breeding grounds in the boreal forests of Canada.

While Birds can be seen in most of our parks, East Rock stands out as one of the best places in Southern New England to witness the spring migration. Recognized as an Important Birding Area, by Audubon, CT, the park’s warbler migration, brings 1000’s birders, each year, to view these small brightly colored insect eating birds.

During the month of May, over 25 species of warblers can be seen. Each week brings "waves" of new arrivals to feed up on the bounty of insects found in our trees and along the Mill River.

I encourage you the get out to view these songbirds, before the trees leaf out, making them more difficult to see. One saving grace is that each bird species has it own unique song. If you take some time to learn their calls, it will aid you in locating and identifying hard to see birds.

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

The New Haven Park Ranger program encourages you to get outside and take advantage of the natural wonders found through out our City’s parks. To find out more about Ranger lead walks in our parks, check out our monthly program calendars listing events and activities on our Parks, Recreation and Trees Department website: www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/.

Contributed by Ranger Dan Barvir, email: dbarvir@newhavenct.net


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Connecticut Cultural Treasures - East Rock Park

Solders and Sailors Monument at East Rock Park SummitEast Rock Park, designed by Olmstead, is one of the City of New Haven’s largest and most popular parks offering visitors many types of recreational opportunities. On a typical day you might find a pick up soccer or basketball game, take a run, bike or hike on our 8 miles of trails.

The scenic tidal Mill River runs through East Rock Park offering visitors a chance to go canoeing, kayaking, fishing and crabbing.

The summit is accessible by foot, bicycle or car and affords a breathtaking view of Downtown New Haven, New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound and the surrounding communities. One of the most significant features of East Rock, other than its striking red cliffs, is the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument dedicated on June 17, 1887. This 112 foot monument is a landmark commemorating those who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Mexican war and the Civil War.

Recently renovated and open to public on a limited basis, this historic Monument was the site one of Connecticut ‘largest dedication celebration hosting over 175,000 back in 1800s.

On the Natural side, East Rock has long been recognized as an Important Birding Area, featuring over twenty five species of warblers and over 100 species of song birds during spring migration. One can view Peregrine falcons, assorted hawks and vultures and ravens riding the winds along the cliff face. The Trowbridge Environmental Center, located in College Woods section of East Rock, offers visitors information about the local flora and fauna, guides walks and educational programs and displays.

If you are looking for a little romance, stop by the Pardee Rose Garden, a popular spot for wedding photos. It contains a wide array of flowers from early spring until mid fall and features one of Connecticut finest displays of roses.

If environmental stewardship is your thing, hook up with the Friends of East Rock, volunteer and meet like minded community members that are helping to beautify and protect the park.


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ROCK to ROCK - Earth Day Ride

Rock to Rock BikingSaturday April 21, 2012 Explore New Haven by Bicycle. 2 ROCKS 1000 RIDERS 18 ORGANIZATIONS 1 CAUSE. Join in our rolling cycling celebration from West Rock to East Rock! All Rock to Rock proceeds go to support great New Haven environmental non-profits.

Explore New Haven by bicycle
Rock to Rock is New Haven's biggest Earth Day celebration. Here's how it works: You and a few hundred others travel from West Rock and East Rock, with celebrations on both sides of the city. Along the way, eat tasty food, hear great music, take on environmental service projects, and explore our city's parks and neighborhoods.

All are welcome
Families and college students, serious riders and weekend warriors are all part of Rock to Rock. Join our rock band.

Registration ~ Information ~ Donations Amazing prizes when you collect pledges - sign up today! www.rocktorock.org.


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CitySeed Farmers MarketWinter Farmers Market Returns to Edgewood Park

The Edgewood Park and Wooster Square markets will alternate weekends January - April. For a full schedule and complete list of farms and vendors, please visit www.cityseed.org.

CitySeed: support market operations and programs by purchasing delicious, local bread at the CitySeed table. Bakeries featured are Fabled Foods, Deep River, CT, SoNo Baking Company, Norwalk, CT, and Whole G Bread, New Haven CT. They also have long-sleeved t-shirts, the New Haven Cooks community cookbook, and children's storybooks for sale!


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Monthly Photo Gallery

A visit to Lighthouse Point Park - Photo submission by Janette Iantorno

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A Spring Walk through East Rock Park

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