The purpose of the organization is to provide environmental education, preserve the integrity of the park’s natural resources and serve as an advocate for the park.

March 1999-March 2010
Hammonasset Beach State Park

Materials, Infastructure & Building Improvements

  • Developed trails, designing and funding trail guides for Willard Island and Moraine Trails with signage identifying native plants
  • Mutt Mitt Program – Biodegradable dog waste pick-up bags, ongoing
  • Developed the Butterfly Garden & Friendship Pond with the Garden Club of Madison, funding and providing for plantings, pond and pump, fencing and ongoing Site maintenance
  • Purchased New Bulletin Boards for information kiosks at bathhouses and in campground
  • Provided funding to rebuild rotted Amphitheater Decking in campground
  • Provided funding to rebuild Projection Screen backboard in campground
  • Purchased Playground/fitness Equipment for campground
  • Provided electricity at Pavilion #4 at Meigs Point
  • Commemorative Tree Program providing planting of trees throughout park, ongoing
  • Secured Grant for installation of Interpretive signage on Willard Island, the Moraine and Cedar Island trails and West Beach, East Beach and Meigs Point bathhouses identifying ecology, geology, etc.
  • Landscaping of Boulder Rock Monument, Indian Table Rock, Joshua Rock areas
  • Funded fencing materials to stop erosion of West Beach sand dunes
  • Erected purple martin houses
  • Granite Trails Map Monument
  • 2 Bullhorns to be used at events and in emergencies
  • Ongoing financial support for the Camp Host program in campground
  • Development and hosting of website for FOH highlighting the park and nature center
  • Worked with Menunkatuck Audubon Society for purchase of materials and installation of osprey nest sites

Services, Events & Programs

  • Beach Clean-Up Days held in Spring and Autumn to dear park of storm debris and other trash
  • Plan and lead various walks, hikes and talks educating the public about the environment, native plants, animals and habitats
  • Invasive plant removal from Willard Island with Menunkatuck Audubon Society
  • Purple loosestrife removal and workshop with IPANE (Invasive Plant Atlas of New England) throughout park
  • Horseshoe Crab Identification Program with Sacred Heart college
  • Provided FOH volunteers for DEP Great Park Pursuit event
  • Participated in DEP water quality testing workshops
  • Biennial Hammonasset Festival- A Celebration of Native Americans and the Environment
  • Offer the Bauer Lecture Series each winter
  • Offer the Schumann lecture Series each fall

 

Meigs Point Nature Center (MPNC)

Materials, Infrastructure & Building Improvements

  • Provide additional funding for director to enable year-round position
  • Donate $2,500 annually to supply NC with needed educational supplies and consumable materials
  • Winterized building with thermal windows, heat pump & air conditioning
  • Funded new restroom and handicap accessible ramp and decking
  • Funded Nature Center Signage
  • Provide computers and peripherals, ongoing
  • Fund wireless internet access, ongoing
  • Purchased Lexan panels for porch area to extend usable season
  • Purchased audible Alarm System to deter break-Ins, theft
  • Donated funds for photography matting and frames
  • Secured Erwin C. Charitable Trust Fund grant for Minivan w/shrink wrap to use for educational outreach programs

  • Secured Bauer grant to add custom trailer to minivan for outreach and portable display area
  • Secured Bauer grants for 3 canoes, life vests and waders
  • Funds to mount bear and fisher for display
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Freezer
  • Large Screen Monitor
  • Barbecue grill
  • LCD Projector
  • Spotting Scoop
  • Secured an exhibit for viewing from The Institute for American Indian Studies

Sponsored Events & Programs held at MPNC during year and school vacations

  • Owl Prowl
  • Seal Search
  • Tracks & Scat
  • Reptile Shows
  • Turtle Shows
  • Birds of Prey Presentations
  • Co-hosted “Star Nights” with Astronomical Society of New Haven

Note on Fundraisers:

  • 100% of all proceeds from Annual Christmas Tree and Spring Plant & Shrub sales go to enhancing activities and educational experiences In the park and at the nature center
  • 100% of all proceeds from Annual carousel Oays at Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale Restaurant go to educational programming
  • The Bauer and Schumann lecture series provide environmental, educational, Native American, geological, historical lectures; live reptile and birds of prey presentations; hands-on experiences

 

FOH Gave To Meigs Point Nature Center (MPNC)
From March 1999- February 2012

Materials, Infrastructure & Building Improvements

  • Provide additional funding for director, ranger russ miller, to have a year-round position, ongoing
  • Donate $2,500 annually to supply NC with needed educational supplies ¬†consumable materials
  • Winterized building with thermal windows, heat pump & aIr conditioning
  • Funded new restroom and handicap accessible ramp and decking
  • Funded Nature Center Signage
  • Povide computers and peripherals, ongoing
  • Fund wireless Internet access, ongoing
  • Purchased Lexan panels for porch area to extend usable season
  • Purchased audible Alarm System to deter break-Ins, theft
  • Donated funds for photography matting and frames
  • Secured Erwin C. Bauer Charitable Trust Fund grant for Minivan w/shrink wrap to use for educational outreach
  • Secured Bauer grant to add a custom trailer to minivan for outreach and portable display area
  • Secured Bauer grant for 3 canoes, life vests and waders
  • Secured a Bauer grant for two golf carts
  • Secured Bauer grant for new generators and a PA system for the MPNC trailer
  • Funded a bear and fisher cat display at Nature Center
  • Purchased vacuum cleaner, freezer,large screen monitor, barbecue grill, LCD projector, spotting scope
  • Secured an exhibit for viewing at the Nature Center from The Institute for American Indian Studies

Sponsored Events & Programs held at MPNC during year and school vacations

  • Owl Prowl, Seal Search, Tracks & Scat, Reptile and Turtle Shows, Birds of Prey Presentations
  • Co-hosted “Star Nights” with Astronomical Society of New Haven
  • Sponsor MPNC fundralser Birthday Party celebrations