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Hamden, Bethany, Woodbridge, and New Haven, CT
West Rock Ridge State Park
Nearly seven-miles long and rising 700 feet above sea level, West Rock Ridge State Park offers unparalleled views of the greater New Haven landscape and Long Island Sound. This steeply-sloped area is part of a series of basalt traprock ridges collectively referred to as the Metacomet Ridge, which extends from Long Island Sound to the Holyoke Range in Massachusetts. The park is the site for over a century of scientific research. In addition to hosting rare plants and habitat for a diversity of birds, it offers extraordinary nature-based recreational opportunities.
Georgia Basso, formerly with USFWS and a Liaison to the Long Island Sound Study, and Thomas Ebersold, a West Rock Ridge volunteer, discuss the unique stewardship area located in New Haven, CT. West Rock Ridge is home to hundreds of bird species, rare plants, and other wildlife.
Melissa Spear, executive director of the Common Ground Environmental Educational Center, and counselors and campers of the Common Ground Summer Camp describe the joys of exploring the outdoors at West Rock Ridge Stewardship Area in New Haven.