Caroline Scanlan

URI Internship Year:

2017

F&ES Graduation Year:

2018

F&ES Degree:

MF

Caroline (Caro) is a master student at the Yale School of Forestry, studying urban forestry and environmental management. She was born and raised in around around San Francisco, CA, where she first fell in love with the natural and built environment. Before coming to Yale, she taught at an elementary school in the Bay Area, ran a school garden program, worked on urban farms and gardens, and built big wooden structures with children at the San Francisco Tinkering School. She is passionate about trees, forests, gardens, and youth - and she loves working in the city!

During the 2016-17 school year, Caro was a part of URI's Greenskills team, planting dozens of trees in every neighborhood around New Haven. She's grateful to be working with passionate and welcoming Greenspace volunteers all over the city this summer.

Group

Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)

Washington Ave.

Cherry Ann St.

Lower State - High School In The Community

Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Fort Hale Park

Greenspace Log

Category Date Group Summary
Planting
Planting

06/23/2017

Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Today we planted a perennial border inside the wooden fence on Lewis Street. We also tucked a few shrubs and perennials into bare patches around the border of the park. A few volunteers continued to do good stewardship and maintenance of existing plantings - pruning overhanging branches, weeding, and picking up trash.

Planting
Planting

06/23/2017

Lower State - High School In The Community

Today we finished planting the knockout roses and catmint in the sunny section of the park. The ground was tough, and it took a lot of effort just to dig holes in the rocky soil with our shovels and pickaxes - but now the median has been hit with a color bomb of pinks and purple! It will look awesome when everything is in bloom! At the end of the day, we even had a reporter from the New Haven Independent stop by who had heard about Innovation Park and was interested in the efforts to beautify and activate the greenspace!

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/22/2017

Washington Ave.

Today we finally broke ground in the vacant lot on Washington Ave! Lots of people lent their hands in a short burst of energy that removed a few tarp loads of turf from where a front-edge flower garden will be planted in the coming weeks!

Planting
Planting

06/21/2017

Fort Hale Park

This week we removed a dead maple tree at the park and planted a hackberry in its place! We also filled in the freshly-prepared bed around the entrance sign with shrubs and flowering perennials and topped everything off with a layer of mulch. John transported 50 gallons of water in a huge tank (thanks to the generosity of the New Haven Land Trust!) on the back of his pick-up truck, and we were thus able to water all of this week's plantings despite no fresh water source at the site.

Planning
Planning

06/20/2017

Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)

This evening, Susan (group co-leader) and I knocked on doors and talked to neighbors about the Greenspace tree-planting and front yard lead remediation programs.

Planting
Planting

06/17/2017

Cherry Ann St.

Today the Cherry Ann Greenspace group welcomed new members from Pond St. and Dorman St. - very exciting as these blocks come right up to the east boarder of the park! Volunteers raked brush, cleared Japanese knotweed, planted the new perennials and shrubs, and watered dozens of plants. The morning ended with the traditional cookout in Ms. Connie's backyard.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/17/2017

Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Today was the first workday for the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association! This early morning burst of activity was well-attended and super productive! Neighbors weeded like crazy, pulled out invasive plants, pruned overgrown trees and bushes, and picked up trash. The URI truck bed was full to the brim with plant debris and waste from the park by the end of the morning. Neighbors were pleasantly surprised by the impact of their work - Lewis Street Park is already looking more loved and better cared for!

Planning
Planning

06/16/2017

Lower State - High School In The Community

Today we had planned to expand the rose bed in the sunny part of the park, but due to rainy weather and low numbers, we took refuge from the wet weather inside MakeHaven (a community maker-space across the street) and exchanged ideas for Innovation Park instead!

Planting
Planting

06/15/2017

Washington Ave.

Today we planted a goldenrain tree on the sidewalk in front of the vacant lot! This tree, along with the seven flowering perennials planted around it, now fits into a nice row of newly planted trees on this side of Washington Avenue. As Nicki (Washington Ave. group leader) pointed out - where there was once bare sidewalk, there is now beautiful greenery and life on the block! We finished with workday with a community planning session. Community participants shared their hopes for the garden-to-be as well as initial design ideas and plant choices. With enough support, we could be breaking ground in the coming weeks.

Planning
Planning

06/15/2017

Chatham Square Neighborhood Association

Tonight was the first meeting of the summer for the Chatham Square Neighborhood Association (CSNA) Greenspace group. We met in Lewis Street Park, a heavily utilized neighborhood playground and a former Greenspace site from year's past. Meeting attendees included both new and longtime neighborhood residents, young and old. Lee Cruz and Chris Ozyck contributed to sharing the history of volunteerism in the park, telling stories of what the lot looked like before it was transformed into a public playground years ago. This year's group was able to capture dozen's of ideas for the short and longterm, and they're excited to get to work!

Planting
Planting

06/14/2017

Fort Hale Park

Today, the Fort Hale Greenspace group removed turf around the park entrance sign and prepped the bed with fresh topsoil and a mounded mulch border. At the end of the day, we planted two tall zebra grass to frame the sign. Next week we'll fill in the rest of the bed with shrubs and flowering perennials!

Planting
Planting

06/10/2017

Cherry Ann St.

Planting
Planting

06/10/2017

Cherry Ann St.

Today was a big day at Cherry Ann Park! Many local and national partners came together for the GRO1000 dedication ceremony of The Cherry Ann Park Project. The event, hosted by Scott's Miracle Gro and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, drew more than 50 New Haven youth and volunteers to beautify the park entrances and dedicate the new community garden.

Planting
Planting

06/10/2017

Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)

Today, we worked hard through the heat and planted a serviceberry tree on the curb strip in front of Susan and Henry's front yard. The serviceberry tree is sandwiched between a nicely growing young Linden and a crab apple tree planted by the YOW! greenspace group a few years ago. We made great time digging our tree hole in such sandy soil, but waited forever to let the clay-packed root ball soak up it's water at the end of the day! We finished our afternoon with iced tea and cool fruit on Susan and Henry's front porch.

Planting
Planting

06/09/2017

Lower State - High School In The Community

Today was our first workday with the Lower State Greenspace group at Innovation Park. It was a hot afternoon, and the soil was rocky and tough - but with the help of a little elbow grease and a few pick axes, we were able to expand the sunny flower bed in the middle of the park. It's now exploding with pinks and purples from knock-out roses and flowering catmint!

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/08/2017

Washington Ave.

This week at Washington Ave, a small group of hardworking volunteers worked in the vacant lot, pruning and weeding invasive plants, and getting the fence line ready for a garden installation in the coming weeks. We finished the workday by maintaining the tree pit gardens planted last year - after a little weeding, watering, and fresh mulch, the tree pits are looking good!

Planning
Planning

06/07/2017

Fort Hale Park

Today was the first planning meeting of the Fort Hale Park Greenspace group. All of the volunteers who came to the meeting had worked together on other East Shore Greenspace projects in prior years. John Cox, the group leader, presented five potential work priorities for the summer. The group deliberated and decided to start by revamping the park entrance sign.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/03/2017

Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)

This week, we maintained trees and sidewalk beds on Young and Whittlesey - pruning suckers on linden trees and revamping a corner bed on Young and Osborne. Our corner bed project turned a little more ambitious than we had originally planned. The perennial beds on that corner were looking a little lack-luster, so on one side of the street we decided to pull out all of the existing plants, brake up the soil and amend with compost, replant the original plants with a little boost from some perennials donated from Susan's yard, and finally top the whole thing off with wood chips. The bed is looking good with its new makeover.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/03/2017

Cherry Ann St.

This week, we cleared invasive plants and brush from around the Cherry Ann Street entrance to the park and then covered the ground with compost and mulch. A group of strong and ambitious youth also hauled large piles of Japanese knotweed across the park so that the New Haven Parks Department could pick it up in a more convenient location! Next week, we will be ready to plant around the Urban Oasis sign with native shrubs and perennials.

Planning
Planning

06/02/2017

Lower State - High School In The Community

This week we had our first meeting of the summer for the Lower State "Innovation Park" volunteer group. A small group of employees from The Grove and SeeClickFix walked with the site, checked on previous years' work, and dreamed for what could be. Innovation Park is a large median on State Street, in between Chapel and Crown. For many people walking in from Union Station, it's the first welcome that people experience when they cross into downtown New Haven. The Greenspace volunteers from this week's meeting want passersby to visual see that they're entering "Innovation Park!" Collectively, they spoke of wanting the park to feel like: an invitation, a place of refuge, a place of beauty, a creative space, and an outdoor space to sit and eat. They hope that someday there will be: bikes, picnic tables, chairs, benches, creative signage, and opportunities for community events!

Planning
Planning

06/01/2017

Washington Ave.

This year, the Washington Ave. Greenspace group will have permission to work in the vacant lot at Washington and King - building off a great first year of tree-planting and streetscape work. This week, group leader Nicki Little and I looked at last year's plantings and walked the vacant lot to get inspired for this summer. Nicki shared dream designs and plant lists for the garden-to-be and defined a set of goals for the next two months. As we chatted, a handful of neighbors walked by and expressed excitement for joining the effort. Next week, we'll have our first workday - clearing weeds and debris and getting ready for workdays to come.

Maintenance
Maintenance

05/31/2017

Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)

This evening, Chris helped load the truck up with two giant brush piles of bittersweet vines left over from last weekend's workday. This was followed by iced tea on Chris's porch and some planning for upcoming stewardship activities.

Maintenance
Maintenance

05/27/2017

Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)

This Saturday we had our first day of streetscape stewardship and maintenance for the summer! We slowly worked our way up Osborne, weeding the three boxes of perennials along the cemetery fence line, replanting catmint below young trees, and removing invasive bittersweet vines from the cemetery fence. We ended up with a huge truck full of plant debris at the end of the day - proof of our hard work!

Maintenance
Maintenance

05/27/2017

Cherry Ann St.

This week we began maintenance on last year's plantings around the Cherry Ann Street entrance. We pulled weeds, picked up trash, and began taking out the Japanese knotweed that had grown back all along the fence.

Planning
Planning

05/25/2017

Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)

The leadership team met over tea and snacks to discuss plans for the summer season. After sharing favorite projects from year's past (tree plantings, front yard lead remediations, and flower bed plantings), the group identified some goals for the coming weeks. We finished with a tour of Chris's backyard garden and a plant giveaway!

Planning
Planning

05/20/2017

Cherry Ann St.

The Cherry Ann Greenspace group gathered for their first meeting of the summer this Saturday! Adults, youth, and children from Cherry Ann Street shared their goals in preparing for the June 10th 2nd Park Ribbon Cutting as well as their summer planting and stewardship priorities. Lastly, we did a walking tour around the park pathway and finished with a (surprise) cookout at Miss Connie’s house! Mr. Mike managed the grill, and the “Cherry Ann Junior Block Watch” was in charge of organizing the rest. It was a joyful and celebratory event with music and good company.