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        The West Haven Center for Coastal Ecology is an independent,

educational, and a non-profit organization. It was founded with the goal of providing the children of West Haven and surrounding communities a forum for science education. 

       The center is designed to utilize the natural resources of the West Haven community in an effort to increase awareness of both the environment and the community. It is our belief that by giving the children the opportunity to investigate and learn in the ecosystems that they are part of the Long Island Estuarine System, they will establish bonds of friendship and community with other children working in the same environment. If children understand something, they tend to protect it - and it is what ecology is, protecting your environment. 

       The object of this letter is to acquire the funding necessary to run the "Eco' Camp" by providing items needed for crabbing, fishing, seining, Salt Marsh and Woodland exploration, and other earth science lessons and experiments. We ask that you consider donating materials or making a donation to the Center so that we can continue teaching children to understand what they have learned to better protect our fragile shorelines.

       If you would like to help us, or would like to hear more about our work, please feel free to contact Nancy Paone at (203) 605-0479. (And oh yes, you may make checks payable to: The West Haven Center for Coastal Ecology. If you wish to donate online, you may do so my clicking on the Donate button or by going to the donate page under about us.)




At The West Haven Center for Coastal Ecology, we have formulated many educational activities that spark interest in our participants. Activities include many different areas of study; Science and Ecology, Language Arts, History, Arts and Crafts, etc. Here is a brief list of some of our activities:

Fishing                                                                      Yoga

Crabbing                                                                   Mythology

Seining                                                                      Trees

Eco-Walk along West Haven Shoreline                  Climate Change vs. Global Warming

Shipwrecks (including Titanic and many others)  Experiments

Salt Marsh Walk                                                        Boating

Woodland Walk (Painter Park)                                 Oil Spills

Mudflat Walk (Bradley Point)                                   Solar System

Savin Rock History                                                  And so much more!!


Sea Shanties

The Dead Horse Ceremony (no Horses are harmed during this activity)


Squid Dissection

Native American Study & Folklore

Beach Combing



"The Scoop on Poop"

Nature Survival

Shell Identification

Seaweed Identification


Rain Sticks

Native American Totem Bags

Hemp Bracelets & Necklaces




Crab Identification



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