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Common Ground Programs New Haven

Common Ground Programs New Haven

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2010-2011 Program Catalog
 
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Common Ground Programs 2010-2011
1
 About Common Ground
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1-3
Common Ground High School
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2Urban Farm
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2Environmental Education Center
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3
Calendar of Events
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4-5Fall Public Programs
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6-11
September
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6-7October/November
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8-11
Winter Public Programs
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12-13Spring Public Programs
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14-19
 April
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14-15May
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16-17June
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18-19
Children’s Programs
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20-23
 AfterSchool
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20Weekend
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21February & April Vacation
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22SummerCamp
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23
Birthday Parties & Special Events
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24 Additional Opportunities
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ommon Ground is a
centerforenvironmentallearningandleadership
, located at the baseof New Haven’s West Rock RidgeState Park. At Common Ground,a diverse community of children,young people, and adults cultivatehabits of healthy living and sustainableenvironmental practice.Common Ground’s community includeschildren and adults, eager for outdooradventures and learning opportunitiesprovided through our
EnvironmentalEducationCenter
. It is also home tothe students of 
CommonGroundHighSchool
, moving onpathways to college success andenvironmental leadership. All thosewho partake of the harvest fromour
UrbanFarm
are part of thiscommunity, as well. The glue thatbonds our community together is thisunique place, and our common efforts togrow a more sustainable future.We hope that you, too, will find CommonGround this year.
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 About 
COMMON GROUND
ommon Ground is a place: a unique20-acre site at the intersection of 
farm,forest,andcity
. It is home to gardens andfarm animals, solar panels and campingplatforms, technology-rich classrooms andforests. It is the classroom for communityenvironmental programs, the textbook forCommon Ground courses. It is also a
laboratoryforurbansustainability
, helpingto test and teach practices from local foodproduction to water conservation.Common Ground’s site is also a gateway to
WestRockRidgeStatePark
– one of thestate’s largest natural areas, rich in hikingtrails and opportunities to explore nature.By this fall, visitors will find nearly two dozennew student-designed
interpretiveexhibits
, all exploring the lessons that canbe learned from this unique place.Not far from the
heartofNewHaven
,Common Ground offers a chance to stepback from the city – and a launching pointfor engagement in critical issues at theintersection of the urban environment andthe natural world. Our place is perhaps ourrichest asset, and is the starting point for allthat we do.
Over the next year,look for new additionsto Common Ground’s site,guided by a 20-year master plan,and by the voices of theCommon Ground community
•AHarvestPavilion
will house an on-sitefarmer’s market and community events.We will officially launch our
CommunityKitchen
, offering a commercial cookingfacility to local gardeners and entrepreneurs.We will prepare for construction of a
newschoolbuilding
, incorporating an array of student-developed sustainability proposals.
Our Site
from
the
GROUND
Up
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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
OutdoorAdventures
&
Deeper Lessons
very year, more than
6,000communitymembers
 joinus at Common Ground. They come to dig in the dirt,harvest local food, go on a hike, learn about sustainable living,buy organically grown vegetable seedlings, ask garden advice,and enjoy the life on the farm.
Our
after-schoolprograms
for grades K-8 build environmentalleadership and understanding through a mix of outdoor adventures, hands-onscience, work on the farm, and opportunities for service.
 Through our
schoolfieldtrips
, we aim to get every child outside: connectingseveral thousand New Haven elementary students with first-hand experiencesin the farm and forest, all linked to educational standards.
Our
GreenJobsCorps
links more than 30 high school students with acombination of real environmental work opportunities, structured leadershipand career development opportunities, and academic supports.
Our
summercamps
and
vacationprograms
get more than 500 local kidsout into the natural world – exploring and playing, learning and growing.
Communityprogramsforadultsandfamilies
teach about home gardeningand composting, help city residents access the natural world, and build ourcapacity for healthy living.Beyond offering a chance to
getyourhandsdirty
, our programs reveal the
deepermessages
of the farm and forest. These places have storiesto tell about the
environmentalchallenges
weface as a people. How will we reduce ourecological footprint in order to preserve thesplendor and sustenance of nature here at homeand across the globe? Practices modeled atCommon Ground offer some suggestions andsolutions.
Comelearnandtakeactionwithus.
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hereismuchtodoandmuchtocelebrateonthefarm.
Last summersaw abundant food inthe gardens, new pigletsand sheep, a hard-working crew from ourGreen Jobs Corps, and more than 400happy summer campers keeping the farmbuzzing with learning, growing, and buildingcommunity. Staff and young people workedside-by-side to bring in the harvest and putfood by for healthy winter meals, aided byvolunteers from the community and internsfrom area colleges.
Whygrowafarminthecity?
 The morethan
5000pounds
of fresh, healthy,organic produce are certainly the mostvisible and tastiest product. But as weplant, and tend, and harvest, CommonGround’s community reaps much more, aswell. All of our high school students eat
freelunches
from the farm, and studyits seasons and cycles through theirhigh school classes – cultivating valuableknowledge healthy living and sustainablefood systems. Much of our harvestalso goes to
localfarmer’smarkets
,contributing to local food security. Thissame produce is the inspiration and rawmaterial for small student- and community-generated
businessventures
. The results of our harvest keep growing.More than thirty young people learn thechallenges and rewards of hard work inour
GreenJobsCorps
– helping tooperate our farm and city farmers markets,and to lead environmental educationprograms and other efforts across thecity. Summer campers learn and play inthe gardens, along with thousands of community members and children fromNew Haven elementary schools.
Asthegardensgrow,sodoweall
– closer toour food, this land, and our community.
COMMON GROUNDHIGH SCHOOLURBAN FARM:
 A Rich Harvest
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This fall,155 students arrive at CommonGround High School for another year of growth:
 They will study and perform with the actorsof the
ElmShakespeareCompany
, andcreate museum exhibits with curators fromthe
YalePeabodyMuseum
. They will launch and run
smallbusinessenterprises
using produce from our urbanfarm, and help to design a major
newgreenbuilding
on our site. They will study
pre-calculusandbiodiversity
, participate in over
twodozenafter-schoolprograms
, work with
collegementors
from the University of New Haven,and head out into the community toparticipate in
collegecoursesandleadershipopportunities
. Through all this –and many otherexperiences –CommonGround studentswill become thenext generationof successful college students and powerfulenvironmental leaders. In each of the last twoyears,
93%ofourgraduateswereacceptedtocollege
. For three yearsrunning, these students have made some of the
state’slargesttestscoregains
– literallydoubling the percentage of students earningproficient scores, surpassing the New Havenaverage in every subject, and beating thestate average in reading. The recipe for theirsuccess? A mix of authentic learning, smallschool support, environmental courses,leadership opportunities, and consistently highacademic expectations.
Growing Successful Students& Environmental Leaders
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For more information about 
COMMON GROUND
visit 
www.commongroundct.org

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