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Education & Recreation


In addition to our signature education programs, Growing Entrepreneurs, the FBWP, and Schooner Camp, we offer field trips and guided nature walks through our preserves to introduce the public to the abundance of nature in our city and and reinforce the importance of conservation in urban areas. We also have opportunities for companies to partake in our wellness and nutrition education.

Education is an important part of our mission; equally import to our mission is recreation. While gaining knowledge of our environment, our community, and our health is important, we also believe that our lands and waters are meant to be enjoyed and community and personal wellness investments can and should be fun. For this reason, in addition to our educational resources and opportunities, we work to include enjoyable ways to engage as well.


Enjoy this video about the Pussy Willow!

Naturally Curious, New Haven – learn about nature in our local preserves:


We would love to host you for a fun, hands-on, educational field trip at one of our Nature Preserves!

We offer lessons and activities on the following topics:

  • Ecosystems, Food Webs/Food Chains, Predator & Prey, Producers/Consumers
  • Habitats – Salt Marsh, Woodlands, Beach/Mud Flats, River, Estuary, and Prairie
  • Plant & Animal Natural History/Life Cycles, Animal Adaptations, Mollusks of LIS
  • Water, Water Cycle, Water Quality, Water Filtration, Watersheds, Erosion, Tides
  • Stewardship, Conservation, Pollution, Trash/Recycling, Participate in a clean-up
  • Writing in Nature – we work with you to add a grade appropriate writing activity into our time at the Nature Preserve


We offer guided nature walk through our various preserves to groups and individuals. Each walk looks different based on what you want to see and learn. You can contact our Preserves Coordinator, Nikki Saccoccia at to get more information or to arrange your guided nature walk.



Gather New Haven Earth Week Challenge

Because we want everyone to safe and maintain social distancing practices, we are conducting a virtual event for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Here’s the challenge:

During Earth week: April 19-25. Post one new nature connection a day, outside your window, along the sidewalk and learn something new about that connection by posting on social media and tagging our page or by using the hashtag #GNHearthdaychallenge.

We can help you identify what something is or help with your connection by posting on our social media platforms and starting a dialogue (videos, drawing and photos). As an organization, we will post new facts/observations we make ourselves to celebrate the 50th year of Earth Day.

For every observation posted you will be put into a drawing for a prize on earth day of the most recent edition of Naturally Curious by Mary Holland.

We would love for you to make your post shareable so that we can repost on our GNH Facebook page as a way to circulate knowledge and foster a sense of community!

We are always posting new information about upcoming educational and recreational events. Please continue to check back to see what else is happening!


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