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Lecture with Don Wilson: “Bats: Myth & Reality”

Bats!Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Darien Library.

The Darien Library is proud to co-sponsor this film with the Darien Land Trust, Tree Conservancy of Darien, the Darien Nature Center.

Bats control mosquitoes, disperse seeds, pollinate flowers, and a few have extreme feeding specializations such as carnivory, fish-eating, and even blood-feeding (yes, there are Vampire Bats!) If you think bats are hateful little creatures of the night, come along and be prepared to view them as charismatic microfauna. This lecture will review all aspects of bat biology and allow time for your questions.

Presented by Don Wilson, who spent 40 years as Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of National History in Washington, D.C. During that time, Wilson traveled the world conducting research on bats. His photographs of bats will lead you on a journey of better understanding of their important role in almost every ecosystem on Earth.

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018

Film Screening & Discussion: “Chasing Coral”

Chasing Coral (2017)Monday, February 5, 2018, 7 p.m. at the Darien Library.

The Darien Library is proud to co-sponsor this film with the Tree Conservancy of Darien, the Darien Nature Center, and the Darien Land Trust.

(2017) Starring Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, and Neal Cantin; Not rated; 93 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Chasing Coral was directed by Jeff Orlowski and produced by Larissa Rhodes. The film took more than three years to shoot, and is the result of 500+ hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from various locations around the world.

Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2018

Annual Meeting - November 12th At Wee Burn Country Club

Darien Land Trust Annual Meeting, November 12th 2017 at the Wee Burn Country ClubPlease join us for our Annual Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, at the Wee Burn Country Club, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

The theme of the meeting will be Conserving Land for People in a Changing Time and a Changing Environment.

Kevin Essington, area director for The Trust for Public Land in Southern New England, will be our featured speaker. Kevin has served as an environmental professional and leader for more than 20 years. He has bought land, lobbied Congress, led grassroots campaigns, built parks, and managed thousands of acres of farmland, forest, wetlands, and desert.

Posted on Thursday, November 09, 2017

The 2017 Farm to Table Dinner

2017 Darien Land Trust Farm to Table Dinner, August 26, Waterbury Field, starting at 6pm

The Darien Land Trust invites you to the 2017 Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, August 26th, at Waterbury Field. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the al fresco dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.

Waterbury Field is located in Darien, and parking is at Wee Burn Country Club, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road.

The cost is $150.00 per person. A "welcome" cocktail is provided, and it's BYOB for dinner. The dinner will be catered by Tim LaBant Catering and live music provided by Busker. The dress code is smart casual, and reservations are required.

The raindate is Sunday, August 27th, 6:00 p.m. for cocktails and 7:00 p.m. for dinner. If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Nichols.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Monkey Kingdom Film - Family Matinee

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 2 p.m. at the Darien Public Library

This screening is brought to you by the Darien Land Trust, Darien Nature Center, and Darien Library.

From DisneyNature, the studio that brought you Chimpanzee and Bears, comes Monkey Kingdom, a spectacular tale set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia.

Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey, finds her world forever changed when she welcomes her son Kip into her colorful extended family.

As Maya strives to keep Kip safe through unexpected and sometimes perilous adventures, amazing footage captures all the magic and surprises of their magnificent world.

Maya and her family will make you laugh and warm your heart as she realizes her dreams for her son's future.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Annual Trail Fix Day

Annual Trail Fix Day, April 23, 11am - 1 pm, Dunlap/Selleck's Woods, Darien, CTSunday, April 23, 2017, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Dunlap/Selleck's Woods in Darien.

Volunteers! Come join us for two hours for our Annual Trail Fix and clean-up: repairing trails and spreading wood chips.

  • Bring the family, a fork, a rake, and (if possible) a wheelbarrow
  • Wear gloves and working shoes
  • See the woods, lake, and daffodils, improve your nature preserve, and enjoy the camaraderie

Mark your calendars, and we hope to see you there!

Directions to Dunlap/Sellecks Woods:
Head towards Norwalk on the Post Road, turn right at Trader Joe's/Rory's on to Kings Highway North. Immediately after you go over I-95, turn right onto Parklands Drive and continue past the office buildings to the entrance to Dunlap/Selleck's Woods.

Earth Day Celebration!

Darien Earth Day Celebration, April 22, 2017Saturday, April 22, 2017, Noon to 2 p.m., Cherry Lawn Park

Come on down for an afternoon of fun and activities to celebrate being outside, the joy of nature play, and our beautiful surroundings!

Animal encounters, games, hot dogs, scavenger hunt, dog talk with Boo Millet, and lots of outdoor fun.

The Darien Land Trust will be participating in this celebration -- open to the public and free of charge.

Thanks to Darien Parks & Recreation for putting on this event!

Annual Meeting - November 13th At Wee Burn Country Club

Annual Meeting November 13, 2016Please join us for the Annual Meeting, Establishing Common Ground, on Sunday, November13th at 5 p.m. at the Wee Burns Country Club.

The theme of the meeting will be Establishing Common Ground: Collaboration and connectivity across town lines to preserve our wildlife, water, and recreation.

Mary Ellen Lemay, Coordinator of the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership, will be our featured speaker. Mary Ellen has a strong record of support for local, regional, and state environmental issues, and she will discuss how best to protect priority habitats that create connective corridors.

Please join fellow Land Trust members on Sunday, November 13 at 5 p.m. for the Darien Land Trust's Annual Meeting at the Wee Burn Country Club. A short business meeting will precede the presentation by Mary Ellen Lemay, and Darien Land Trust members will be asked to approve a slate of new Board Members including Michelle Imbrogno, MJ McNulty, John O'Brien, and Anne Walker. Refreshments will be available.

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016

“Trails Discovery Day” on Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trails Discover Day

Join us for nature activities and fun for the whole family on our 3rd biennial Trails Discovery Day being held on Sunday September 11th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dunlap/Selleck's Woods.

Explore the two miles of trails and I-spy corner. Learn from experts on honey bees, butterflies and plants. Get engaged while building fairy houses, catching tadpoles in Dunlap Lake, enjoying a nature scavenger hunt -- and get involved with the hands-on animal wildlife.

We will have music and a great food truck to provide fun for the whole family.

Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family with generous sponsorship by Whole Foods Market of Darien.

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016

DLT’s Farm-to-Table Event: Friday, August 26 at 6 pm

DLT's Farm-to-table event, Friday, August 26th at 6pm

The Darien Land Trust requests the pleasure of your company at the 2016 Farm To Table dinner with food provided by The Schoolhouse At Cannondale.

Last year the event sold out, so please consider making your reservation early.

The event is a special evening under the open skies with music provided by The Free Range Drifters. The dinner begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and is held in Waterbury Field, with parking available at the adjacent Wee Burn Country Club. Dress code is smart casual and reservations are required.

Many thanks to our event sponsors BAYWATER PROPERTIES, Houlihan Lawrence, Ring's End, Darien Rowayton Bank and BMW - Callari Motors. Raindate is Sunday, August 28th at 6pm.

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Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016

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