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DLT Director Shirley Nichols Retires

Shirley Nichols with her sons Ben, Will, and Luke, August 25, 2018.Shirley Nichols with her sons Ben, Will, and Luke, August 25, 2018.

Source: DarienTimes, by Kevin Webb, August 30, 2018

After 14 years as the executive director of the Darien Land Trust, Shirley Nichols will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations of the organization. She will continue to work with the DLT as a trustee emeritus and will assist Beth Harmon, the new executive director, with the transition starting in September.

Beth Harmon and Amy Sarbinowski, DLT trustees. Harmon is taking Nichols’ place as executive director.Beth Harmon and Amy Sarbinowski, DLT trustees. Harmon is taking Nichols’ place as executive director.

Land Trust President Flip Huffard made the announcement during the Land Trust's fourth annual Farm to Table dinner on Aug. 25, held on the DLT's Waterbury Field preserve.

Flip Huffard and Shirley Nichols at the Darien Land Trust Farm to Table dinner, August 25, 2018Flip Huffard and Shirley Nichols at the Darien Land Trust Farm to Table dinner, August 25, 2018

Having earned a masters in environmental sustainability from the University of Reading in England, Nichols has always been committed to preserving nature. Nichols joined the Land Trust in 2004 as her children were entering high school and has worked as the sole staff member with a 24-member volunteer board.

Originally founded in 1960, the Darien Land Trust takes responsibility for the preservation of open space in Darien, a town that is 97% developed. Under her stewardship the Land Trust added 59 acres of undeveloped land, increasing the Land Trust’s preserves to a total of 217 acres across Darien.

Beyond simply protecting this open space, Nichols has worked with board members, volunteers and dozens of local organizations to enrich the environment and promote community engagement with nature. During her tenure she worked with the board to revise the Land Trust’s mission with a new focus on the preservation of natural habitats and educational opportunities for children and adults of all ages.

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Posted on Thursday, September 06, 2018

Fourth Annual Farm to Table Dinner was a Smash Hit!

Darien Land Trust Farm to Table Dinner 2018

Thank you to those who joined us for our 4th annual Farm to Table dinner on Saturday night! 248 loyal DLT supporters were served a delicious locally sourced meal on a stunning conserved property -- Waterbury Field.

This special event is our way of celebrating the more than 200 acres of land that the Darien Land Trust protects and preserves for our community.

Our great thanks to co-chairs Janet Cling, Beth Harmon, Michelle Imbrogno, Nina Miller, Erika Morris, and Amy Sarbinowski for their terrific efforts and hard work.

Thanks to all the local businesses that sponsored the evening including:

  • Baywater Properties
  • Halstead Property
  • Laurel Road Bank
  • BMW of Darien
  • Dr. Gregory LaTrenta
  • M C & T Investments
  • Rings End
  • Wine Port of Darien

And thanks to those local businesses that donated in-kind gifts:

  • Ravo Vodka
  • Butternut Gardens
  • Nielsen’s Florist
  • Pestech
  • Two Roads Brewing Co.

2018 Farm to Table Dinner, Darien Land Trust

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Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018

The DLT 4th Annual 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 2018 Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday, August 25th, 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. Last year, this sold-out event drew 250 guests to celebrate the DLT’s contribution to the community with cocktails, dinner, and dancing to live music.

A locally sourced, creative New England menu will be served under twinkling lights at long tables in Waterbury Field.

Note: this year's Farm to Table Dinner has sold out. However, we are keeping a waiting list. If you would like to be added to the list, please call Shirley at 203.655.4148.

Posted on Monday, June 04, 2018

DLT Green and Glam: A Ladies’ Night

Darien Land Trust Ladies' Night Out at Nielsen's Florist and Garden Shop, Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7 p.m.Join the Darien Land Trust for a Ladies' Night at Nielsen's Florist & Garden Shop, at 1405 Post Road, on

Thursday, April 19th, 2018: 7pm - 9pm.

Discover how to introduce native plants to enhance your garden. 

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres (grateful to our host, Nielsens) and our signature Green Goddess Cocktail (courtesy of Broken Shed Vodka) with old friends and new! 

$20 donation at the door.

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Trail Fix Day

Volunteers, please join us on Earth Day 2018 to help fix the trail at Dunlap/Selleck's WoodsVolunteers! Come join us on Earth Day this year for our annual Spring Trail Fix Day: two hours of clean-up, repairing trails, and spreading wood chips.

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Dunlap/Selleck's Woods in Darien.

 

  • Bring the family, a fork, a rake, and (if possible) a wheelbarrow
  • Wear gloves and working shoes
  • Park at the end of Parkland Drive, off of Old Kings Hwy North (Go past the construction site)
  • See the woods, lake, and daffodils, improve your nature preserve, and enjoy the camaraderie

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

Film Screening: “An Inconvenient Sequel”

Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Darien Library, Community Room

(2017) Starring Al Gore, George W. Bush, and John Kerry. Rated PG for thematic elements and some troubling images. 100 minutes. Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

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

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018

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

(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

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