For over 35 years, Schooner has brought Long Island Sound alive in the minds of children and adults throughout Connecticut through summer camps, classroom education, public sails and community boating. Please read on for the latest update from our Board of Directors and discover how you can catch the spirit of Schooner.
Dear Schooner Friends:
I am a biological oceanographer and educator, and one of my heroes is Sylvia Earle, renowned oceanographer, explorer, author, first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a Time magazine “Hero of the Planet.” Sylvia once noted:
…the best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids. They ask questions and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. “Who, what, when, where, and how?” They never stop asking questions…
As Vice President of Schooner and a board member since 2010, I have witnessed that sense of wonder and heard those questions from the hundreds of New Haven area children who have enjoyed Schooner’s summer camps.
Bringing kids to the coastline of Long Island Sound is at the heart of what we do at Schooner. Here in New Haven, the coastline is so close, but can seem so far away. Once kids discover it, they can feel the mud squeeze between their toes, learn how the tides change the way the water meets the shore, and gain an understanding of the challenges facing our local marine environment.
This past summer, after a year in dry dock to reorganize, refocus and rebuild, Schooner returned to the coastline. In partnership with New Haven Land Trust and the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven, we launched Kids2Coastline, an afternoon program at NHLT’s Long Wharf Nature Preserve and at the Sound School. For six-weeks, more than 40 children ages 6-10 explored the coastal marine environment, learning about animals and plants living in the marsh, the roles they play in the food web, and how our activities on land and in water influence the sustainability of this important ecosystem in our city.
“There’s so much I never knew,” she said. “If you keep digging and digging, you might just discover something.”
Your support made this summer of discovery possible for our city’s kids. We can’t thank you enough for investing in tomorrow’s scientists, environmental leaders and caring citizens!
Now we need to make sure that our summer programs are stronger, bigger and ready for kids again this coming June. You can make Kids2Coastline 2017 come true for more New Haven area children this summer with a contribution to help us secure quality program staff, program materials, daily snacks, and transportation options for those who need it.
We welcome all levels of support and hope you will continue to be a part of the Schooner family. Please give as generously as you are able by donating online or by sending your check to us at:
60 South Water Street
New Haven, CT 06519
Schooner, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
On behalf of our dedicated board and the many kids who will share in Sylvia Earle’s “sense of wonder” along the coastline this summer, please accept our heartfelt thanks.
Mary Beth Decker, Vice-President
Schooner, Inc., Board of Directors
P.S. Please watch your mailbox and this website: more news about our program in the coming months!
Schooner Board of Directors
Kyle Pedersen - President
Mary Beth Decker - Vice President
Tony Scierka - Treasurer
Ruth E. Swanton - Secretary
Dennis M. Danaher
Robert S. Frew
Schooner Inc's Mission
We bring kids to the water and beyond where they can discover, play and help preserve and protect our marine environment. We explore the waterfront and waterways of Long Island Sound through hands-on learning and recreation that inspires and changes lives. Our programs reflect this mission as well as our core values.