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Schooner’s Free Activities and Guides!

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Can you figure out what each nature mystery is? Look at each mystery, make a guess, and then hover over the image to see the answer!

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How did this coconut make it to Long Wharf?

By Transport of an African or European Swallow?

To be honest, we're not sure how a tropical coconut ended up in Long Wharf, so your guess is as good as ours and Monty Python's. How the coconut got to Long Wharf will continue to be a mystery of the ages.

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Who is this cute little creature?

Hint: The adult of this creature can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 4,400 lbs!

A Giant Sunfish Larva!

This giant sunfish larva was identified for the first time off the coast of Australia. This larva is approximately 5mm in length, but adult Sunfish can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 4,400 lbs!

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Whose track is that?

Hint: we love shells, but this is no mollusk.

Snapping Turtle Tracks!

Did you know? Snapping turtles can live to be over a 100 years old!

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What is this?

Extra Challenge: Who do you think left it there?

A Fish Skull!

This fish skull was found by our camp director, Nikki, at Long Wharf Preserve, and was most likely dropped by an osprey. Did you know ospreys almost exclusively eat fish--it makes up 99% of their diet!

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What made this mysterious blue light?

Hint: the light was spotted in water!

Comb Jelly!

As we've been learning, comb jellies are one of many creatures in the New Haven area that emit light (bioluminescence). Can you think of any other creatures in New Haven that create light?

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What do you think this is?

A pile of sticks

Were you, like our camp director, Nikki, fooled into thinking these sticks were a rabbit?

Long Island Sound Creatures

Have you ever wondered what creatures might live in your neighborhood or your community? With New Haven’s close proximity to the Long Island Sound, the diversity of creatures in the environment that surrounds us is amazing. Do you want to know more about these creatures? Let’s study them together!

Happy Learning!

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Calling all sailors! We at Schooner want to equip you with opportunities to continue learning so that your sailing skills stay in tip-top shape. Check here to find helpful sailing tips and tricks for you to practice and study at home. 

As with the running of any ship, keeping up our nautical knowledge is a group endeavor, and we at Schooner want to hear from YOU, too! Think you mastered this week’s knot? Did you find our own observation about tide patterns? Share them with us in our Community Padlet, linked here! Show us what you’ve learned.

Test your Knot Knowledge

Know your knots

Test your knot identification skills.

Watch Schooner’s Gather Corps members teach us some sailing tips and tricks!

8 Knot Tutorial with our Gather Corps Member, Caleb

Square Knot Tutorial with our Gather Corps member, Caleb!

Overview 420 Sailboat Knot Uses with our Gather Corps Member, Caleb!

Join our Gather Corps member, Annie, as she leads us through a bow line knot tutorial!

Learn with our Gather Corps Member, Zach, about boat streamlining and invasive species!

Learn about Points of Sail with our Gather Corps member, Annie!

Overview 420 Sailing Boat Parts with our Gather Corps member, Annie!

Additional educational videos created by our teenage volunteers, Gather Corps, that work all summer putting these videos together for you, Enjoy! Follow all of Gather Corps Videos on our youtube channel.

Learn with our Gather Corps member, Violet, about the insect pitfall trap

Learn with Gathercorps member, Zach, about food webs

Learn with Gather Corps member, Zach, about marshes

Learn about Plastic Pollution with our Gather Corps member, Sadie!

Learn about Horseshoe Crabs with Sadie!

Join our Gather Corps member, Margo, as she completes an aluminum foil boat project

Join our Gather Corps member, Sadie, as she leads us through a rope making tutorial!

Watch our Gather Corps member, Caleb, discuss ospreys and draw his own!

Learn about Oysters with our Gather Corps Member, Sadie

Coastal Rock Exploration with our Gather Corps member, Simone

Below is  virtual content of our Long Wharf preserve, the Schooner summer camp’s usual home, as well as other coastal observations. 

Long Wharf Observations

Long Wharf Observations Week 2

Long Wharf Observations Week 4

Long Wharf Observations Week 1

Long Wharf Observations Week 3

Long Wharf Observations Week 5

Here are the complete Activity Guides that were created for the 2020 virtual Schooner summer Camp. These activities are universal and can be used any time of year. Since the summer has come to an end these activity guides with remain on our website for anyone to use.

 

Did you miss a newsletter email or just want to go back and review a past newsletter’s content? Find the email newsletter archives here!

English Guides

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Spanish Guides

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+ Learn Local Natural Science

Can you figure out what each nature mystery is? Look at each mystery, make a guess, and then hover over the image to see the answer!

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How did this coconut make it to Long Wharf?

By Transport of an African or European Swallow?

To be honest, we're not sure how a tropical coconut ended up in Long Wharf, so your guess is as good as ours and Monty Python's. How the coconut got to Long Wharf will continue to be a mystery of the ages.

null

Who is this cute little creature?

Hint: The adult of this creature can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 4,400 lbs!

A Giant Sunfish Larva!

This giant sunfish larva was identified for the first time off the coast of Australia. This larva is approximately 5mm in length, but adult Sunfish can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh up to 4,400 lbs!

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Whose track is that?

Hint: we love shells, but this is no mollusk.

Snapping Turtle Tracks!

Did you know? Snapping turtles can live to be over a 100 years old!

null

What is this?

Extra Challenge: Who do you think left it there?

A Fish Skull!

This fish skull was found by our camp director, Nikki, at Long Wharf Preserve, and was most likely dropped by an osprey. Did you know ospreys almost exclusively eat fish--it makes up 99% of their diet!

null

What made this mysterious blue light?

Hint: the light was spotted in water!

Comb Jelly!

As we've been learning, comb jellies are one of many creatures in the New Haven area that emit light (bioluminescence). Can you think of any other creatures in New Haven that create light?

null

What do you think this is?

A pile of sticks

Were you, like our camp director, Nikki, fooled into thinking these sticks were a rabbit?

+ Long Island Sound Creatures

Long Island Sound Creatures

Have you ever wondered what creatures might live in your neighborhood or your community? With New Haven’s close proximity to the Long Island Sound, the diversity of creatures in the environment that surrounds us is amazing. Do you want to know more about these creatures? Let’s study them together!

Happy Learning!

+ Recycled Arts and Crafts
+ Nature Projects and Activities
+ Aquatic Engineer Activities
+ Sailing Tips and Tricks
180719-12093

Calling all sailors! We at Schooner want to equip you with opportunities to continue learning so that your sailing skills stay in tip-top shape. Check here to find helpful sailing tips and tricks for you to practice and study at home. 

As with the running of any ship, keeping up our nautical knowledge is a group endeavor, and we at Schooner want to hear from YOU, too! Think you mastered this week’s knot? Did you find our own observation about tide patterns? Share them with us in our Community Padlet, linked here! Show us what you’ve learned.

Test your Knot Knowledge

Know your knots

Test your knot identification skills.

+ Local Field Guides
+ Health and Wellness
+ Nature Journaling
+ Educational Videos

Watch Schooner’s Gather Corps members teach us some sailing tips and tricks!

8 Knot Tutorial with our Gather Corps Member, Caleb

Square Knot Tutorial with our Gather Corps member, Caleb!

Overview 420 Sailboat Knot Uses with our Gather Corps Member, Caleb!

Join our Gather Corps member, Annie, as she leads us through a bow line knot tutorial!

Learn with our Gather Corps Member, Zach, about boat streamlining and invasive species!

Learn about Points of Sail with our Gather Corps member, Annie!

Overview 420 Sailing Boat Parts with our Gather Corps member, Annie!

Additional educational videos created by our teenage volunteers, Gather Corps, that work all summer putting these videos together for you, Enjoy! Follow all of Gather Corps Videos on our youtube channel.

Learn with our Gather Corps member, Violet, about the insect pitfall trap

Learn with Gathercorps member, Zach, about food webs

Learn with Gather Corps member, Zach, about marshes

Learn about Plastic Pollution with our Gather Corps member, Sadie!

Learn about Horseshoe Crabs with Sadie!

Join our Gather Corps member, Margo, as she completes an aluminum foil boat project

Join our Gather Corps member, Sadie, as she leads us through a rope making tutorial!

Watch our Gather Corps member, Caleb, discuss ospreys and draw his own!

Learn about Oysters with our Gather Corps Member, Sadie

Coastal Rock Exploration with our Gather Corps member, Simone

Below is  virtual content of our Long Wharf preserve, the Schooner summer camp’s usual home, as well as other coastal observations. 

Long Wharf Observations

Long Wharf Observations Week 2

Long Wharf Observations Week 4

Long Wharf Observations Week 1

Long Wharf Observations Week 3

Long Wharf Observations Week 5

+ Activity Guides PDFs (Full Versions)

Here are the complete Activity Guides that were created for the 2020 virtual Schooner summer Camp. These activities are universal and can be used any time of year. Since the summer has come to an end these activity guides with remain on our website for anyone to use.

 

Did you miss a newsletter email or just want to go back and review a past newsletter’s content? Find the email newsletter archives here!

English Guides

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Spanish Guides

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We wanted to include a list of Schooner’s green spaces that, if you feel comfortable, you and your family could visit for a socially-distanced nature outing. Our preserves and land holdings are large enough to ensure families could visit while still maintaining a safe distance from others. Use the list below as a reference guide for open spaces!

long wharf map

Long Wharf Information:

Parking- available near Sound School entrance and across from Veterans Park

Entrance- Near Sound School and Veterans Park(refer to Stars on map)

Restrictions- Dogs must be leashed to protect the habitat and nesting wildlife, no camping, carry-in/carry-out trash policy, Closes at Dusk

pond lily map

Pond Lily Information:

Parking- parking available at basketball courts across the street from the main entrance and along the street.

Entrance– Main entrance located along East Ramsdell Street, residential entrance for residents only to park there

Restrictions– Dogs must remain on leash to protect the habitat and nesting wildlife, no camping, carry-in/carry-out trash policy, Closes at Dusk.

quinnipiac meadows trail

Quinnipiac Meadows Information:

Parking– located at gate @ 1040 Quinnipiac Ave; try not to block gate. Gate will be open for special events to accommodate for extra parking

Entrance– pedestrian entrance located to the left of gate

Restrictions– Dogs must be leashed to protect habitat and nesting wildlife, No Camping, Carry-In/Carry-Out Trash Policy, Closes at Dusk.

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