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April 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:


Flag FootballFlag Football

Teams will be selected and play against each other each week.
This program is free of charge.

Grade Location Dates Time
3rd & 4th Martinez School
100 James Street
Friday & Saturday
April 26-May 25
Fri. 5:30-8:00 am
Sat. 9:30-10:30 am
5th & 6th Martinez School
100 James Street
Saturdays
April 27-May 25
10:45 am-2:00 pm
7th & 8th Goffe Street Park Saturdays
April 27-May 25
10:00 am-1:00 pm
High School Roberto Clemente Thursdays
April 25-May 23
5:30-8:00 pm

For More Information:
Call: New Haven Parks and Recreation at 203.946.8027
Email: rcone@newhavenct.net
Or visit: www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks to download the flyer and registration form.


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 4 - April 23rd - May 30th

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April Vacation Camp - Trowbridge Environmental Center

Camp Hours: 9 am - 3 pm

Date Activities
Monday, April 15 Outdoor Games at East Rock
Geocaching at East Rock
Tuesday, April 16 Who Eats' What?/Bird Walk at East Rock Rock
Climbing at City Climb
Wednesday, April 17 Animal Tracking at East Rock
East Rock Summit Hike and Monument Tour
Thursday, April 18 Pond Life at Lake Wintergreen
Archery at West Rock Nature Center
Friday, April 19 Games/Free Play at East Rock
Swimming & Snorkeling at Wilbur Cross

For more information and to register please contact:
Contact information: Trowbridge Center: 203-946-6086, Ranger Joe Milone Work Cell: 203-415-9628
Registration Information: Parks Administration Office: 203-946-8019
PDF Click here to download the flyer from the Parks website

April Vacation Camp - Sports Camp - John Martinez School

Basketball, Baseball, Rugby, Tennis, Swimming, Ice Skating, Bowling, Pizza and more!

Date Activities
Monday, April 15 Basketball
Baseball
Tuesday, April 16 Rugby
Tennis
Wednesday, April 17 Rock Cats Game
Thursday, April 18 Swimming
Football
Friday, April 19 Bowling - Pizza Party
Swimming

For more information and to register please contact:
Contact information: Felicai Shashinka: 203-946-8088, Rex Conel: 203-946-8022
Registration Information: Parks Administration Office: 203-946-8019
PDF Click here to download the flyer from the Parks website

2013 Summer Camp is Coming!

Session 1 July 1-July 12th
Session 2 July 15-July 26th
Session 3 July 29th-August 9th.
Information will be on the website when the camp brochure is available.


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Spring Tennis LessonsSpring Tennis Lessons

  • Pee Wee Tennis (Ages 5-7)
  • Little Champs Tennis (Ages 8-10)
  • Future Stars Tennis (Ages 11-12)
  • Stars Tennis (Ages 13-14)
  • Young Adult (Ages 15-18)
  • Adult (18 & Over)

For more information: call New Haven Parks and Recreation at 203.946.8027
Download the registration form: PDF Click here to download from the Parks website


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Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger ProgramLearn about the environment, help with park enhancement projects, and be outside!
Class size is limited and registration is Required

What: Junior Ranger Program
Who: Students ages 11 –14.
When: Wednesday’s April 3 - May 8 (6 weeks) (No program April 17)
Time: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Where: Parks Administration Office. 720 Edgewood Ave
Cost: Free

For more information please contact:
Call 203-946-6559 or
Email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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GeocoachingOutdoor Adventure Club

Fire Building
April 6, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: West Rock Nature Center
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $5
Join the New Haven Park Rangers for outdoor programs.

Geocaching
April 22, 10:00 am - 11:00 am/ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: East Rock Park
Cost: $5
Ages: 8-12

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


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Spring Bird Migration in East Rock Park

April and May are great months to explore the City of New Haven’s Parks as spring kicks in. Both birds and flowers abound in all our natural areas, with East Rock and Edgewood Parks among the best for viewing the beginning of Spring for beauty and accessibility to the area's natural habitats.

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.

Red Cardinal
Connecticut Warbler
Photo by Gerry Dewaghe

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 joins us this spring.

Ranger Notes by Dan Barvir - East Rock Park Ranger.


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Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahmad Presentation - Ultimate Sailing Marathon

Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:00PM
Wilbur Cross High School Auditorium 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven, CT

Reid and Soanya departed land in 2007 to do the longest sea voyage in history. Before leaving, Soanya and Reid made a plan that nothing would stop their attempt to sail 1000 days non-stop at sea without resupply. Many have called this feat the ultimate marathon sail, but Reid insists that it was not an endurance or marathon sail. Instead, he had evolved to be able to live on the sea for a long period of time.

Reid and Soanya

Tickets $ 10 at the door, $7 in advance at the Parks Office.
For more information, contact: Martin Torresquintero mtorresq@newhavenct.net (203)946-6768


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Fort Nathan Hale Restoration Projects - Wine on the Water

A Wine Tasting Extravaganza PLUS: An exciting Raffle & Silent Auction!

Thursday, April18, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Amarante’s Sea Cliff Inn
62 Cove Street, New Haven

Fort Nathan HaleDear Friends:

As you may know, Fort Nathan Hale Restoration Projects, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and maintenance of this important historic site.

We hope you will join us for our WINE ON THE WATER ftindraising event to benefit the much-needed repairs and ongoing restoration efforts at the site. (Click here to download the flyer).

Tickets for the event are $35.00 and must be purchased in advance. To order yours, please return the registration form at the bottom, along with your check and a stamped self-addressed envelope. This will be a fun event at Amarante’s in Morris Cove, and we look forward to greeting old friends and meeting new ones while enjoying fine wines, good food and a terrific silent auction and raffle.

We hope to see you there.
  Bill MacMullen
  Marge Ottenbreit
  Deb Townshend

For more information: call Marge at 203.466.1596
Fort Nathan Hale Restoration Projects, Inc.
P.O. Box 1981, New Haven, CT 06533
Website: www.fortnathan-hale.org


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Rock to Rock 2013Rock to Rock - Earth Day Ride

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Multiple Options:
- 8-mile Family Ride
- 8-mile Adult Ride
- 20-mile Ride
- Metric Century

Rock to Rock is New Haven's biggest Earth Day celebration.
Here's how it works: You and about a thousand of your neighbors 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.

Before the Ride: Eat a tasty farm breakfast, hear live music from CT Folk, and pick up your fancy t-shirt before hitting the road. Check out a special exhibit of photographs from the EPA, documenting 40 years of our environment! Oay- of registration will be available at Common Ground, but advanced registration is highly encouraged (and discounted!). Common Ground is located at 358 Springside Avenue - directions.

After the Ride: Celebrate our top fundraisers and award winners Check out a mini "green expo" of local environmental organizations Listen to more great music from CT Folk while kids join in outdoor games Grab lunch from local vendors, with part of the proceeds going to support Rock to Rock!

For more schedule information, visit the Parks webstie: What's New
Visit the Rock to Rock 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
Mon 1 10am to 4pm National Frog Month - Open house Wray
Wed 3 10am-11:30am Spring Bird Walk Dan
Sat 6 10am to 1pm Park “ Big Day” Cleanup with Quinnipiac University Staff
Tue 9 3:30pm to 4:30pm April’s Amphibians Wray
Wed 10 10am-11:30am Trowbridge Drive Walk
Meet at the North Meadows Parking area
Dan
Sat 13 8am-9:30am Spring Bird Walk
Meet at the Eli Whitney Museum parking area
Dan
  13 10am to 1pm Trail Work with:
New Haven Bird Club & the Friends of East Rock Park
Meet at the East Rock and Livingston Street
Dan
Mon-
Fri
15-19 9am to 3:00pm April Vacation Camp Staff
Sat 20 9am to 3pm Rock to Rock Cycling Event & Trowbridge Center Open House
For more info call :203-946-6768
Staff
Mon 22 10am -12noon Earth Day Hike Wray
Tue 23 8am to 9:30 am Early Morning Bird Walk Dan
Wed 24 10am-11:30am Senior Bird Walk Dan
Tue 30 8am to 9:30 am Early Morning Bird Walk Dan
  30 3pm-4pm April’s Amphibians 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. 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 1 1-2 pm Spring Bird Walk (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 2 10-11 am Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Wed 3 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Thu 4 3:30-4:30 pm Animal Tracking Program (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 5 10-11 am Spring Bird Walk (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 8 3:30-4:30 pm Spring Bird Walk (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Tue 9 1-2 pm Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Wed 10 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Thu 11 3:30-4:30 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Fri 12 3:30-4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 24 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Edgewood Ranger Station) * Harry
Thu 25 3:30-4:30 pm Spring Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Mon 29 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk (Edgewood Ranger Station) Harry
Tue 30 3:30-4:30 pm Owl Pellet Program-$1.00 per person (Barnard Nature Center) 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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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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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, 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

St. Patrick's Parade

St Pats - Ranger WraySt Pats - Ranger Wray
Shamrocks crafted by Ranger Wray Williams - - - Ranger Wray Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Parks Visitor Submission - Photos by Kirk Wheaton

Photo by Kirk Wheaton
Photo by Kirk WheatonPhoto by Kirk Wheaton
Lighthouse Point Park


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