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Friends of East Rock Park is a community and environmental advocacy group.
We encourage neighbors to meet each other, celebrate the environment and
become stewards of the park. We build connections by hosting social events and
work days, and supporting other neighborhood efforts. All our events are free
and open to everyone. Join us!


2016 Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Previous winners:
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Check out all the amazing work accomplished by FERP and the fun we've enjoyed since 2008 by visiting our Picasa Photo Gallery! HERE


Check out our 2016 youth blog!

Year 8 of FERP's summer Youth at Work program is underway! For five weeks this summer, four interns will work under the supervision of Sarah Bethel and alongside FERP volunteers in East Rock Park. They will learn the skills necessary to be stewards of the Park and what it takes to do a job well! They will also meet members of the community and have some fun, too! The students are paid through the Y@W program, but the supervisor is paid through generous donations. This year the $3,000 expense is again shared equally by the Tom Holahan Memorial Fund and Mr. Roger Ibbotson. FERP greatly appreciates this tremendous generosity.

Photo Contest

Each year FERP hosts a photo contest. Anyone can enter, but your photo must be of something in East Rock Park. Neighbors vote for their favorite photo using an online survey. The top 10 photos are made into beautiful note cards and sold in neighborhood stores around the holidays. So what are you waiting for? Get out those cameras and capture the beauty of East Rock Park! Interested in purchasing a packet of cards? Email us at: info@friendsofeastrockpark.org.

Want to learn more about New Haven Parks?

Check out:
New Haven Parks Department
Historic Wooster Square Association
Friends of Edgewood Park

Become a Steward of East Rock Park!

East Rock Park is your 425 acre neighborhood park! What do you want to see there? Trash cleaned up? Graffiti removed? Trails maintained? Daffodils blooming? You and your neighbors having fun in a safe, clean park? It can't happen without YOU and your support. Please donate to keep our programs going and volunteer at one of our workdays.

Saturday Work Days with Ranger Dan

Join us on the following Saturdays in the spring of 2016: March 12th, April 9th, May 7th, May 14th, June 4th. We work from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm in and around College Woods (at the corner of Cold Spring Street and Orange Street.) Work a couple of hours and help us continue to beautify our Park! For information contact David Shimchick at 203-997-3430 or via email at dshimchick@comcast.net.


It's so easy! Just click the link above.
Your generous donation is tax deductible and funds the work of FERP!

If you prefer to send a check (with your address on it) please make it out to Urban Resources Initiative (FERP's fiscal agent) and mail it to:

Friends of East Rock Park
c/o David Shimchick
53 Canner Street, #2
New Haven, CT 06511


Type your email address in the box on the upper right-hand side of this page. You won't hear from us more than once per week, but feel free to contact us as often as you like! We promise never to share your email address with anyone else.

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