We are a partnership of public and private conservation and community organizations working in New Haven schools, parks and yards to create healthier environments for wildlife and people. We have teamed up under Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases program to work together toward common goals of connecting people to nature, restoring habitat and inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders.
In 2013, the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative officially designated the Urban Oases program and partnership as one of the first National Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships in the nation! Our official title is: “New Haven Harbor Watershed Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership”! Together with partners from Audubon CT, Common Ground High School, Friends of Beaver Ponds Park, McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, New Haven Public Schools, New Haven Urban Resources Initiative, New Haven Parks & Recreation, Yale Peabody Museum and the Yale School of Forestry, we are creating a network of urban oases- habitats and green spaces for wildlife and people- across New Haven. Visitors to these oases can view and learn about how to make a difference in a greener and healthier New Haven! These oases will serve as a model for community-based wildlife conservation that engages many people and communities in land stewardship, education, green job training, natural history interpretation, citizen science and habitat restoration for wildlife. Look for the USFWS Urban Oases signs and Interpretive natural history signs at parks and schools throughout New Haven.