The Darien Land Trust permanently preserves and restores open space, providing the community with environmentally rich habitats, scenic vistas, opportunities for educational experiences and the quiet enjoyment of nature.
The Darien Land Trust now owns or has conservation easements over more than 200 acres in Darien. We have permanently protected diverse natural environments such as wetlands along the Five Mile River, tidal salt marshes at Holly Pond and Scott's Cove, upland forests in Dunlap Woods, and meadow habitat at Mather Meadows, Fox Run, and Brendans Meadow.
Recent land donations at Waterbury Field, Valley Forge, Nearwater Lane, and Molly Lane have greatly expanded the open space under preservation and we invite local residents to view these properties.
Although the majority of our properties are too wet or fragile for pedestrian access, we own three large parcels with hiking trails open to the public: Dunlap Woods, Cherry Lawn, and Olson Woods. For a large-scale map of Darien Land Trust properties, click on the map image to the left.
The DLT is a member of the Land Trust Alliance ( LTA), a national network of over 1700 community-based land trusts throughout the United States. Whether working with policy makers in Washington, D.C. or at the grass roots level in a community through a local land trust such as the DLT, the LTA is a powerful advocate and voice for conservation needs throughout the United States.
The DLT is proud to be part of a national movement to protect our environment for the generations to come. Because we all share the environment, our personal health and the environmental well-being of our community are forever connected. The Darien Land Trust (DLT) works every day to protect our community by accepting gifts of open space in Darien. The DLT then cares for the properties in perpetuity.
The Darien Land Trust was founded in 1960. It is governed by a highly involved Board of Trustees and enjoys enthusiastic support from the community.
The day-to day operations of the Land Trust are overseen by Shirley R. Nichols, our Executive Director.