Archive | July 2013

The Penultimate!

We make a GREAT team!

We make a GREAT team!

Accomplishments of the Week:

  • Weeded and beautified the garden at the end of Everett Street
  • Picked up litter and watered plants throughout College Woods
  • Spread four piles of mulch around the playground
  • Weeded and mulched by Whitney Gate
  • Raked leaves around the main entrance of College Woods
  • Weeded along the road at Rice Field with community members on our LAST work night

Picture Time…

Our Little Garden

Working on Anne Schenck’s little garden

Finished and chilin by the beehive!

Finished and chillin by the beehive!

Mulched up!

Mulched up!

Hard at work!

Hard at work!

Giving the Whitney Gate entrance an 'edge up'

Giving the Whitney Gate entrance an ‘edge up’

Best leaf blower EVER.

Best leaf blower EVER!

College Woods front entrance before...

College Woods front entrance before…

And AFTER!

And AFTER!

Broken tarp transformed into a pancho lol

Smiling Sara :)

Smiling Sara 🙂

Our devoted trash picker upper

Our devoted trash picker upper

Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out for our last work night!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out for our last work night!

Words from the Crew…

Reflecting on our weeks...

Reflecting on our weeks…

Roses of the week:

– Mulching, helping the elderly and working together – Gary

– Helping Ms. Schenck in her garden, finishing mulching the playground and taking the personality test –Shainah

– Finished mulching around the park and helping with the garden – Taylor

– The weather was good and I had a good time cleaning up the little garden and surrounding area at the end of Everett Street – Kadene

A few initial expectations of FERP from the Crew…

-When I first heard of FERP I was expecting it to be a camp or something with children, not with plants, mulch and all this stuff! But I like this because I’m working with a good and excellent group! – Vivian

– My expectations were it was a camp or something to do with outside work. Turns out it was work outside, but it included painting, mulching and a lot more stuff, but it was actually fun! – Marquis

We hope to see you at our celebration next week!!

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FERP in Progress

This week the FERP crew had it all: we had hot days, field trips, and just a bit of everything tied into work. Here are the highlights of our week:

Ready for the week!

Ready for the week!

  • Picked up trash around College Woods and along the White Trail
  • Watered plants
  • Hiked to the East Rock Summit via the Giant Steps
  • Planted Hosta around the playground with David
  • Mulched the side entrance along Orange Street
  • Made signs to show the work we’ve done thus far
  • Walked to the Splash Pad where we refreshed ourselves with ice cream
  • Spread stone dust with community members by the Scenic Overlook, playground, side entrance and stairs on Orange Street
  • Toured the Yale Farm where we tilled one of the garden beds and cooled off in their cooler

Shout out to our intern, Vivian, who celebrated her fifteenth birthday on Friday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🙂

Finally at the top! Wow, what a view!

Finally at the top! Wow, what a view!

Standing proudly in front of another job well done!

Standing proudly in front of another job well done!

Started from the bottom...

Started from the bottom…

Now we here!

Now we here!

A work in progress... Stone dusting the playground

A work in progress… Stone dusting the playground

Finishing up the Community Work Night with the Scenic Overlook

Finishing up the Community Work Night with the Scenic Overlook

Tilling with Volunteers on the Yale Sustainable Farm

Tilling with Volunteers on the Yale Sustainable Farm

Chillin' in the Cooler! :)

Chillin’ in the Cooler! 🙂

Words from the Crew:

This week I enjoyed hiking to the top of East Rock and climbing the “Giant Stairs” even though it was extremely hot!

He’s looking forward to… rock painting next week because it will be a new experience. -Marquis

I enjoyed working together with my team and getting a lot accomplished.

He was looking forward to…going to the Yale Sustainable Farm. -Gary

Taylor is hoping to… paint the benches and swing sets.

Before this job, I’d be constantly complaining about the heat and when I hear my family and friends wail about it, I sort of silently laugh. I guess I’ve become much more adapted to the rising temperature. 

She’s looking forward to… feeling energized every day after work due to my change to a meatless diet two weeks ago. -Shainah

Great work team! Three weeks down, two to go!

FERP in Full Action-Week 2

This week was our first full week of work! Here are just a few of the highlights…

  • Cleaned up excess litter in and around College Woods
  • Finished mulching around the playground
  • Ventured to the Splash Pad
  • Walked to Edgerton Park and explored its greenhouses
  • Visited the Lake Whitney Water Treatment Plant and learned about where our water comes from
  • Beautified the Scenic Overlook
  • Cleared the Cross Trail (connects to the White Trail)
  • Weeded alongside Orange Street on our first FERP community work night
Finished mulching around the playground!

Finished mulching around the playground!

Nice work team!

Nice work team!

The finished product: Mulching around the play ground

Marquis headed for the buckets!

Marquis headed for the buckets!

Sara running through the shooting waters at the Splash Pad!

Sara running through the shooting waters at the Splash Pad!

We enjoyed learning where our water comes from at the Lake Whitney Water Treatment Plant!

Exploring the greenhouse at Edgerton Park

Pollination in progress!

Pollination in progress!

On to the next project: The Scenic Overlook!

We had our work cut out for us...

We had our work cut out for us…

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All smiles in the end. A job well done!

All smiles in the end. A job well done!
From left: Vivian, Shainah, Taylor, Marquis, Sara, Ranger Dan, Gary

We really dedicated a lot of work into the Cross Trail. You can find this barely noticeable trail sign on your left toward the end of Orange Street. It ultimately connects with the White Trail!

Look out for the sign next time!

Cross Trail…Our big project of the week! Check it out next time you walk down Orange Street.

Before…

Marquis trimming back the rose bush

Marquis trimming back the rose bush

Group shot on the trail

Group shot on the trail

AFTER

Wow, what a difference!

Wow, what a difference

Finished!!

What our crew had to say about the week:

Roses:

“Getting a tour of the Water Treatment Plant!” – Taylor

“I have become much more social, something that doesn’t usually happen! – Shainah

“Something I enjoyed this week was cutting down stuff and pulling stuff. I enjoyed that because I got to use my strength.” – Gary

“Finishing up the mulch around the playground and clearing the Cross Trail.” – Marquis

“That work was really fun. The mulch and plants around the playground.  I’ve never done things like that before. I like to work with the group that I’m in!” -Vivian

Every Rose has its Thorn…luckily ours are pretty literal!

“Getting pricked by thorn bushes”

“Getting bit so many times!”

“The heat”

“The bugs, but I eventually got over them”

And that wraps up our second successful week with Friends of East Rock Park! If you’re in the New Haven area, be sure to stop by one of our community work nights on Thursdays, from 5:30-7:30pm. We sweat a lot, but are a ton of fun!

Independence Week-Welcome FERP 2013!

FERP Crew

FERP Crew

FERP Crew 2013:
Supervisor: Sara, Vivian, Taylor, Shainah, Marquis, Lead Intern: Kadene
Week 1:
On our first day of work we took a walk around College Woods to familiarize ourselves with the area. We walked to the Eli Whitney Museum and saw the Lake Whitney Dam. Marquis took on the challenge of leading the group back to College Woods following the Black Trail. We finished the day by cleaning up some excess litter in the park. Success!
Lake Whitney Dam
Day two, David came in the morning to help landscape around the playground. We mulched and planted perennials around the entrance. In the afternoon, we cleared invasive weeds and poison ivy that were overgrown around one of the picnic tables.
Planting perennials

Planting perennials

Our finished project!

Our finished project!

On Wednesday, we continued mulching around the playground as well as under various picnic tables and benches in the park in preparation for the 4th of July celebrations. Ms. Susan Holahan came to visit and shared her passion for East Rock Park and the FERP program. We then began working on the Cross Trail, where we cleared the entrance and removed more invasive weeds from the area.
Hands in and ready for work!

Hands in and ready for work!

Happy mulchers!

Happy mulchers!

After our day off on Independence Day, we returned to the park for the aftermath of the 4th of July. We did a massive garbage clean throughout the park, along Livingston Street and along Orange Street. Whew, what a week!
And now, words from the Crew:
Shainah: “Planting flowers was very nostalgic for me… When people say work it’s in a very dreadful tone. I don’t see why; mine is spectacular!”
Taylor: “I liked learning how to mulch and hearing positive feedback from others that they thank us for doing what we do.”
Sara: Rose: ” I enjoyed picking up a lot of litter in College Woods and competing against each other to see who could collect the most trash.”
Kadene: “On our first day we met our wonderful F.E.R.P. team and took a hike around College Woods to the Eli Whitney Museum. Rose of the week: meeting the group and Ms. Susan.”