In November, DLT board members Nina Miller and Chris Filmer led a tour of nursery school students and teachers through the paths of Sellecks/Dunlap Woods. People explored paths, identified animal prints, saw the animals of the woods at Eye Spy Corner, scampered up climbing rocks, and found a “letter box” in one of the stone walls. Nursery and elementary school tours are conducted throughout the spring and autumn. Please contact the DLT if you are interested in working with us to set one up for your organization.
In mid-October, 2015, volunteers from XL Catlin appeared at Darien Land Trust’s Goodwives Meadow to help with habitat restoration and land protection. The DLT works closely with local businesses to work on one-day projects on preserved land to enhance the appearance, safety, and usability of the land. Through hands-on experience that are fun and rewarding such as this, volunteers gain an understanding of the importance of preserving natural landscapes and the effective impact of their work. In working with XL Catlin, the DLT handled all project details and customized the project to ease the ability of the company to carry out this type of community service. We thank XL Catlin for its contribution and working with us!
We were joined for the showing of Disneynature's "Wings of Life" movie on Saturday, June 13th at the Darien Library.
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you "Earth", "Oceans", "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee", comes "Wings of Life" - a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredibe - and increasingly threated - creatures.
The documentary follows the journey of these pollinators, some of whom travel amazing distances to pollinate a very specific flower. Nature-loving young viewers will enjoy a look at nature's unsung heroes.
This movie was sponsored by the Darien Land Trust, the Garden Club of Darien and the Darien Library.
Volunteers joined the DLT for our Annual Trail Fix and clean up repairing trails and spreading wood chips on Sunday, April 19th in Dunlap/Selleck's Woods. 30+ volunteers of all ages joined us as rakers and forkers to spread wood chips in 3 teams throughout the nature preserve. Thank you for helping us with trail maintenance.
Co-sponsored by the Darien Land Trust and the Friends of Sellecks Woods
Darien Land Trust's Farm to Table Dinner
On August 29, 2015, the DLT was thrilled to welcome guests to our first Farm To Table Dinner, which was held in our Waterbury Field preserve. Over 160 people came together for a dinner catered by The Schoolhouse At Cannondale with music from the Free Range Drifters. We would like to thank our sponsors Thompson Reuters, Rings End and Houlihan Lawrence and further thanks to Wee Burn Country Club and Two Roads brewery.
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We have had several community outreach events this autumn, including a tour of Selleck's/ Dunlap Woods for a Darien boy scout troups and for First Congregational Nursery School.
Throughout the year, the DLT also hosts events in neightborhoods to share our message and appreciate our supporters.
Shown below, on the bottom, is an event complete with s'mores and drinks held in Heather Lane in September 2014.
If you are interested in working with the DLT to organize an event in your community, please contact Shirley Nichols 203-655-4148.
We are pleased to announce that photographs by Chris Bosak from the exhibit "Our Meadows: Alive and Buzzing" are on sale with 100% of proceeds going directly to benefit the Darien Land Trust. The photographs are also available as a set of 8 notecards. Below are just some of the images that are available.
Please contact Shirley Nichols, executive director of the DLT, for further information at 203.655.4148.
The Darien Land Trust was pleased to sponsor the movie 'Tapped' at the Darien Library on April 2, 2015. Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.
From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.
From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.
This program is cosponsored with The Darien Land Trust, Greenwich Audubon, the Darien Nature Center and the Darien Library.
On Thursday March 12th from 5-8PM, we invite you to come and celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. Enjoy some Irish fare, music and green raffle prizes while supporting the Darien Land Trust. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to the DLT plus 20% of all sales at Nielsen's on March 12th. The event is generously co-sponsored by Nielsen's Florist and Leary's Liquor Cabinet. Nielsen's is located at 1405 Boston Post Road, Darien.
Check out the Darien Times article: Darien Land Trust hosts "Keep the Green"
On January 14, 2015, the DLT co-sponsored guest speaker Rick Darke, award-winning horticulralist and landscape designer, at the Darien Library. He spoke on "the Living Landscape" and biodiversity in home and community gardens. The event co-sponsored by the Tree Conservancy of Darien, Friends of Sellecks Woods, the Darien Nature Center and the Darien Library.