Schooner Camp


Schooner camp is a signature youth summer camp program of Gather New Haven-merger of New Haven Land Trust and New Haven Farms.

Our summer camp aims to bring kids to the Long Island Sound coastline to explore, learn, grow, get their feet wet and above all else – have fun!

Campers have the opportunity to explore our land trust properties in unique ways- taking a deep dive into coastal ecology, adventure, and exploration!

Camp is for youth ages 6-14 with leadership and youth development opportunities for teens.

Shore exploration and Learn to Sail programs engage campers through a well-balanced mixture of fun STE(A)M-based curriculum, team/leadership skill-building, and environmental education/stewardship activities to learn more about themselves and develop a sense of place in the natural world!

This video was created by New Haven Land Trust prior to the merger, but contains great information about our Schooner Camp program.

Important Camp Information

Camp Location:

Sound School, 60 S Water Street, New Haven

Drop off/Pick up location: End of Sea Street-Bayview Park green (17 Sea Street)

Off-Season Camp Contact:

Gather New Haven

470 James Street  Suite 007,

New Haven, CT 06513

(475) 238-5778

Camp Director: Karen Nelson ,

Camp 2021 Highlights!

  • Squid dissections
  • Yale Peabody visitors
  • Fishing with the CT DEEP fisheries off the pier
  • Constructed a Schooner Oyster Reef Ball
  • Installed an art exhibit: “Trashlines” around the Anderson building to bring attention to Marine debris
  • Sailed to the Sand spit
  • Trash clean ups
  • Seining 
  • Bird walks
  • Animal tracking
  • Learned how to make rope out of Daylily leaves
  • And much more!

Check out some pictures from this summer to get an inside look at what Schooner Camp is like from day to day

We look forward to having you back for Schooner Camp 2022!

COVID-19 guidelines for 2022 (if needed) will be developed closer to camp opening.


Why Choose Schooner Camp?

Learn more about the benefits of nature by clicking the link below

Prep for Camp by engaging in our free educational resources on our

Schooner Educational Resource page

(All activities are free to download and share!)

Join Us Next Summer!

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Check back in on our job opportunities page and Indeed.
Contact the Camp Director if you are interested or have questions

Seasonal Camp Positions: (For information. These may be adjusted for 2022)

Schooner Camp in the News!

Check out the Department of Interiors Fall 2020 issue of

NewsWave featured article on Schooner Camp and

Long Wharf Nature Preserve!

Scenes from Schooner Camp


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