Community Programs and Events

There are many opportunities for New Haven families to explore the Yale campus and experience our world-class arts and utilize our educational resources. Both the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art are free and open to the public year-round. In addition, Yale helps support several community-based programs, such as the New Haven Reads Book Bank, which collects and distributes over 140,000 books to children and families throughout the city each year. The Yale Peabody Museum welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Yale science outreach programs offer a variety of educationalexperiences for New Haven students, families, and community members. The University’s talented faculty, students, and staff are made available to encourage young scientists and to discuss the significant scientific discoveries of our time.

Programs and Partnerships

Astronomy Public Observing Nights

Every Tuesday night Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium presents shows in their new 50-seat digital planetarium theater. Afterward, participants are welcomed to look through one of the telescopes at the Observatory and have questions answered about astronomy. The astronomical objects viewed change seasonally, and range from the Moon to the planets (such as Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus) to nearby star clusters and galaxies. Check the Leitner Observatory website to learn about public lectures and other special events.
Contact: Tomer Tal at or Rachel Semple-Shuchter at

Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP) Events for the Public
CRISP participates in many public events throughout the year. Through departmental open houses, laboratory tours, and participation in various professional science consortiums and symposiums, CRISP strives to improve the scientific literacy of the community and encourage diversity in the scientific professions.
Jacquelynn Garofano, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at 203-392-8959 or

Dixwell-Yale Community Learning Center (DYCLC)
youth-logoThe Dixwell-Yale University Community Learning Center (DYCLC) is an initiative of the Yale Office of New Haven & State Affairs beginning in 2006.
The DYCLC is a facility for residents of Dixwell and primarily focuses on youth through educational programming. The mission of the DYCLC is to provide educational programs for Dixwell residents, to cultivate scholastic achievement, and strengthen the social and economic conditions of Dixwell.

Dwight Hall at Yale, Center for Public Service and Social Justice
logoDwight Hall is an umbrella community service organization that involves over 3,500 Yale University students each year through 75 student-managed programs (nearly 2,000 in the New Haven Public Schools). Yale students provide servicessuch as tutoring, mentoring, youth development, and advocacy.
Contact: Dwight Hall Main Office at 203-432-2420 or

New Haven Reads Book Bank, Inc.
logoThe Book Bank is a joint project of New Haven Reads and Yale University that provides free tutoring to more than 300 students. They also provide free books to individuals, families, teachers, and organizations. The Book Bank is located at 45 Bristol Street, across from the Dixwell- Yale University Community Learning Center, and serves as a drop-off point and distribution center for donated books.
Contact: Kirsten Levinsohn at 203-752-1923 or

Picture This!
Picture This! Is a free program at the Yale Center for British Art for children ages 7-12. Program activities are based on the current special exhibition at the Center and are conducted on two consecutive Saturdays twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Advance registration is required for participation in the program.
Contact: Linda Friedlaender, Curator of Education, at 203- 432-2855 or

Yale Science Outreach
Science is more fun when you share it.  Come look through our telescopes, listen in as a Nobel Prize winner talks about puzzles that fascinate him, or do experiments in your own classroom with a Yale student.  Yale Science Outreach programs work together so that local students can get on a pathway that leads to success in high school, in college and in careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Contact: Maria Parente, Coordinator, at 203-436-4677

Yale Athletic Department
Yale Athletics logoThe Yale Athletic Department has a variety of youth programs that take place in the New Haven community and on Yale’s campus.
Info: Yale Bulldogs

Yale Center for British Art
Yale Center for British ArtThe Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom in a landmark building designed by Louis Kahn. The Center has a rich array of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as fellowships and academic resources, including a reference library and study room for examining works on paper in the collection. The Center offers a number of programs, including lectures, concerts, films, and family programs, that are free and open to the public.  For more information, view the Center's calendar.
Contact: General Information Line at 203-432-2800

Yale Child Study Center
logoThe Yale Child Study Center provides clinical care for children and adolescents in New Haven, engages in scientific research, trains child development professionals, and helps shape social policy concerning children. The Center also has a partnership with the New Haven Police Department to reduce the impact of violence on New Haven’s children.

Yale College Chess Club
The Yale College Chess Club was established for the purpose of promoting chess in the Yale/ New Haven community and throughout the world as a global game, transcending cultural, linguistic, racial, and religious barriers.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Peabody MuseumThe Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History features a diverse collection, including dinosaur skeletons, Egyptian mummies, dioramas of North American wildlife, and a new permanent exhibit on our planet and solar system. In addition to many educational programs, the Peabody offers excellent academic research opportunities and scientific publications. The Museum is open to the public and offers free return tickets to the families of New Haven school children who visit each year. There is a modest fee for admission.
Contact: Information Line at 203-432-5050

Yale Repertory Theatre
Yale Rep doorsIn addition to its theatrical performances of new and classic plays, the Yale Repertory Theatre offers educational programs for the New Haven community.
Admission fee.
Contact: Box Office at 203-432- 1234 or

Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art GalleryThe Yale University Art Gallery has over 185,000 works of art in its permanent collection, ranging from American decorative arts and American paintings to African art and art of the ancient Americas. In addition to its permanent collection, the Gallery also has educational programs, special exhibitions, study rooms, and museum archives. The Gallery is open to the public and admission is free.
Contact: General and Program Information Line at 203-432- 0600

Yale University Art Gallery Family Programs: Stories and Art
On the second Sunday of each month, the Yale University Art Gallery hosts Stories and Art. Tales of distant times and far-off lands will inspire children of all ages to view art in a new way. Yale students and Gallery staff tell folktales, myths, and exciting stories from all over the world that highlight unique features of selected objects in the Gallery’s collection. For children of all ages. Drawing materials will be available for older children. The group meets by the couches in the lobby at 1PM. Stories and Art is free to the public. No registration required.
Contact: Jessica Sack, the Jan and Fredrick Mayer Associate Curator of Public Education, at 203-432-3706 or

Yale University Audio Archive
Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni and distinguished visitors. Apple’s iTunes distributes the University’s podcasts, all free of charge. You can download episodes one at a time or you can ‘subscribe’ to the entire series. Topics include science and engineering, health and medicine, the environment, as well as the arts, humanities and other areas of interest. A step by step guide is available to help you make use of this resource. Free and available to the public.
Contact: Office of Public Affairs at 203-432-1345 or


Communiversity Day
Every spring, Yale students host Communiversity Day, a family bazaar, on the Old Campus courtyard. While enjoying student group performances, games for children, and free food during the event, New Haven families can also learn about the community programs available through Yale.
Contact: Office of New Haven & State Affairs at 203-432-8613

Science Saturdays
logoScience Saturdays is a fun Saturday- morning lecture series for children, 7th grade and up. The mission of this award-winning series is to showcase science in a fun way with talks given by excellent communicators of science who are Yale professors and local scientists. It is also designed to show that science is for everyone and those who do it come in all colors, shapes and sizes.
Past topics have included “Why Birds Are Dinosaurs” and “How to See a Black Hole.” Interactive science demonstrations are often presented before lectures.

Yale Athletic Department Youth Days
youth-logoYale student-athletes and coaches host four Youth Days a year: Fall Youth Day at the Yale Bowl, Winter Youth Day, Yale Hockey Youth Day, and Spring Yale Olympic Youth Day. Youth Days are open to the public and often include free sports clinics, free admission to a Yale sporting event, and prizes for participants.
Contact: Alison Cole, Athletics Dept. At 203-436-3937 or

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Events & Public Programs
thumbnailThe Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History hosts annual events including Fiesta Latina, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Weekend, Dinosaur Days, and The Natural History of Witches and Wizards: A Peabody Halloween.   The Peabody hosts numerous lectures and talks throughout the year, including the John H. Ostrom lecture series.
Events Office at 203-432-6646

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