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March Newsletter 2013, Volume 3, Number 3
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Public Swimming Schedules

John S. Martinez School - 100 James Street
Wednesday: 5pm-8pm
Saturdays: 10am-2pm
James Hillhouse High School - 480 Sherman Parkway
Thursday: 5pm-7pm and
Saturday: 10am-1pm

Click here to visit the Parks Sports and Recreation page for more information.

In this Issue:


Swimming Lessons

Tuesdays and Thursdays Class Times Swimming
4:00 - 4:45pm
5:00 - 5:45pm
6:00 - 6:45pm
7:00 - 7:45pm
Session 3 - February 26th - April 4th
Session 4 - April 23rd - May 30th

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The 2nd Annual Southern Connecticut Small Craft Symposium

To be held March 9th at the Wilbur Cross HS at 181 Mitchell Drive New Haven, Connecticut 06511 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5.

The purpose of the event is to promote safe maritime skills and awareness of environmental issues that affect our waterways. The event will be focusing on the manual powered vessels and the conditions and equipment that affect their safety on the water.

Small CraftSome of the topic we are looking for but not limited to are:
• Choosing the right boat
• Safety equipment
• Communication from your boat
• Tides and current and how they affect your craft
• Weather
• PFD types and proper fit
• Paddling with your dog and what you need to know
• Building your own boat
• Making a paddle
• Proper clothing
• Hypothermia and how to avoid it
• Protection of marine life
• What lives down there anyway?
• Waterfowl identification

Pool demos will include:
• PFD demo
• Recoveries from a kayak
• Recoveries from a canoe
• Rolling
• SUP

For more information please contact:
Martin Torresquintero
Outdoor Adventure Coordinator
mtorresq@newhavenct.net
203 946 6768
or
Elizabeth O'Connor
Event organizer
203-903-5705 Email:
ChangingTidesPC@gmail.com


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GeocoachingOutdoor Adventure Club

Geocaching
March 13, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Edgewood Park, Meet at 720 Edgewood Ave - Parks Administration Office
Ages: 10-13
Cost: $5
Join the New Haven Park Rangers for an animal tracking program. Investigate Edgewood Park for signs of animals in winter.

Signs of Spring Hike
March 22, 10:00 am - 11:00 am/ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Edgewood Park, Meet at 720 Edgewood Ave - Parks Administration Office
Cost: Free
Ages: Family's of all ages welcome

Judge's Cave Hike
March 23, 1-3 pm
Location: Meet at West Rock Nature Center
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $5 per person
Bring Water

To register or for information contact Ranger Joe Milone, call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net


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Youth Archery

ArcheryTuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 2013, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Salperto Rink 350 Woodward Avenue, East Shore Park
Ages 8-14 Cost $45

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

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


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Nature Pals Early Spring Session

Nature PalsThe Spring 2013 session of Nature Pals goes from February 27 - April 10, every Wednesday from 9:30-11:00am. Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and walks through Edgewood Park. Children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome). Kosher snack provided. We meet rain or shine! Registration available and fees collected at the first meeting of the session.

Register by emailing NaturePalsFOEP@gmail.com.
$42 for 7 week session ($6/week). $7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Scholarships are available through the Friends of Edgewood Park. Email NaturePalsFOEP@gmail.com for more information. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Park in partnership with the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees.


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Spring - Just around the Corner

Spring appears to be right around the corner, in spite of the February blizzard we experienced this year.

March can be one of our most variable months for weather here in southern New England. Snow and cold weather can still be possible, along with one of our regions most notable weather events, called a “Northeaster”.

Signs of spring are becoming more apparent as you stroll our park woodlands. Birds such as Cardinals and Morning Doves have begun to sing their mating songs. Ravens, Red-tailed Hawks and Peregrine Falcons can be seen performing courtships flights along the cliff faces of East and West Rock. Red-winged Black birds and American Robins numbers build as new arrivals on migration pass through our area, heading north.

Red Cardinal
Red Cardinal

In the plant world, tree buds are beginning to swell and sap is running in our Maple Trees. Local farmers will be tapping these trees for their sugar rich sap that will be boiled down and rendered into a New England favorite “Maple Syrup”.

Pussy Willow soft furry buds will be appearing in moist areas, along with the first flowers of the spring, Skunk Cabbage, followed by Dutchman’s Britches a little later in the month.

Even some insects will be making an appearance in the form of Flies, Midges and Honey bees on warm days. Spiders can be found hunting in protected grassy areas. Some moths become active and even one Butterfly species called the Morning Clock can be seen fluttering by in our woodlands. The Morning Clock is a good size butterfly, with rich brown wings trimmed with a yellow band.

On March 20th, this year, spring officially begins. On that day the Sun crosses the Celestial equator granting us 12 hours of day and night, this annual happening is called the Spring Equinox and is repeated in September as we welcome in autumn.

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 found on our Parks, Recreation and Trees Dept. website.

Ranger Notes by Dan Barvir - East Rock Park Ranger.


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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 9 10am to 5pm Free Small Craft Symposium at Wilbur Cross H.S. Staff
Sun 10   Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Staff
Mon 11 9:30am to 11am Return of Day Light Saving Time Hike Wray
Thu 14 10am-11:30am Stroll up English Drive
Meet at English gate at Rice Field, East Rock
Dan
Fri 15 12noon to 1pm Who Eats What Feeding Program Wray
Sat 16 10am-1pm Park Improvement Trail Work Day
With the Friends of East Rock Park
Dan
Tue 19 9:30am to 11:00am Pre-Spring Hike Wray
Thu 21 10am-11:30am First Spring Bird Walk Dan
Fri 22 10am -11:30am Signs of Spring Walk Dan
Tue 26 10am- 11:30am Spring Bird Walk Dan
Wed 27 9am Spring Animal Tracking Program Wray
    2:30pm Spring Animal Tracking Program Wray
Thu 28 10am-11:30am Spring Bird Walk at Edgerton Park
Meet at the Carriage House
Dan

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/Ranger Station and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School.


Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park
Staff: Harry Coyle, Joe Milone, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Mon 4 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Tue 5 10-11 am Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
    3:30-4:30 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station)  
Wed 6 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Mon 11 3:30-4:30 pm Winter Bird Walk & Craft (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 13 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Fri 15 1-2 pm Winter Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Mon 18 3:30-4:30 pm Winter Bird Walk & Craft (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 19 10-11 am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Wed 20 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
    12:30-1:30 pm First Day of Spring Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
    2-3 pm First Day of Spring Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
    3:30-4:30 pm First Day of Spring Nature Walks (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Thu 21 3:30-4:30 pm Owl Pellet Program-$1.00 per person (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 26 3:30-4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 27 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Thu 28 3:30-4:30 pm Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) 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/. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. 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, For information please contact: naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com.


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Holiday Tree SoughtEdgewood Park Farmers Market

The Edgewood Park Winter Market is back with a huge assortment of local eggs and dairy products, fresh meats and poultry, fresh greens and root veggies, award-winning breads and other baked goods, delicious prepared foods, maple syrup & honey, wool & yarn and MORE! Additional Edgewood Winter Market dates are: Sundays, 10:00am-1:00pm, March 3 & 17, and April 7 & 21.

Go to the CitySeed website for a full list of products and vendors. Edgewood Park at Whalley West Rock Avenues


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Monthly Photo Gallery

Snowshoeing in East Rock Park

Snowshoeing in East Rock ParkSnowshoeing in East Rock Park

Parks Visitor Submission - Photos by Kirk Wheaton

Photo by Kirk WheatonPhoto by Kirk Wheaton
East Rock Park - - - - Long Wharf Cleanup after Sandy


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