It’s our 65th … Join our Celebration!!


Join our celebration!

We are proud of our tremendous success these past six-and-a-half decades of preserving and protecting open space in Darien for all to enjoy … forever.

Working together today we can ensure open spaces are protected for tomorrow’s generations.

Anniversary Happenings … come explore with us!

Take our Trails Challenge and explore a new place …Visit our shorebirds and turtles on our lakeside trails …Walk or run our 10k Anniversary Loop …. View our Visionary Anniversary Video Series …. Follow us @darienlandtrust

Anniversary Happenings


We want to celebrate with you, and throughout our anniversary year we’re offering opportunities and programs to experience our preserved lands, observe our wildlife and learn about protecting nature in Darien. Everyone is invited to follow us online and come join our programs!

Trails Challenge


Running Challenge

1950s: Population 11,000

10,000 acres of land area, 15 square miles

“Golden decade”: booming economic growth, automobiles, interstate highways, urban sprawl and commuting



Anonymous donation gives rise to Darien Land Trust

1960s: Population 18,000

Town 78% developed by 1962


Darien Parkland Association established


Darien Parkland Association becomes Darien Land Trust, Inc.

1970s: Population 20,000

79 acres, 38 properties under DLT protection


Gifted 14.1-acre Dunlap Woods


Received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status


Acquired 14.8-acre Norton Woods


Gifted adjacent 3-acre Round Meadow Preserve to become Tokeneke Preserve

1980s: Population 18,892

137 acres, 61 properties under DLT protection







Gifted 2.2-acre Nearwater/Holly Pond


30th Anniversary


Gifted 14-acre Olson Woods

1990s: Population 18,196

159 acres, 71 properties under DLT protection


Buys 3.5 acre Cherry Lawn


40th Anniversary


Renamed Darien Land Trust (DLT)

2000s: Population 19,607

Town 97% developed

190 acres, 77 properties under DLT protection


Acquired 9-acre Mather Meadows


50th Anniversary, and reveal of new logo


Acquired 6-acre Brendan’s Meadow


Acquired 1.8-acre Waterbury Field

2010s: Population 20,732

218 acres, 82 properties under DLT protection






Granted 5.7 acre (CE) at Ox Ridge Hunt Club





Acquired 3-acre Juniper Road


Inaugural Farm to Table Dinner


60th Anniversary


Estate-gifted 2.3-acre Piacentini Preserve


Noroton River Fishway completed


Gifted 2.7-acre Mandel Preserve

2020s: Population 21,742

Open spaces are recognized as critical for the environment, reducing greenhouse gasses, and key to higher home values and quality of life.


Land Trust properties provided solace and comfort to residents during Global COVID-19 Pandemic.


Darien Land Trust 65th Anniversary

Trails Challenge


Join us for the 65th Trails Challenge from May 15 to July 31.

-Register by scanning the QR code on the welcome sign at each of our three properties with walking trails – Olson Woods, the Trails at Cherry Lawn and Dunlap Woods

-Walk all three properties to be entered into a prize drawing – including grand prize iPhone 12 – announced on DLT website and social media August 2

-Shutterbugs post photos on social media using #darienlandtrust65


Olson Woods

Dunlap Woods

Cherry Lawn

Video Series


Meet the leaders and visionaries of the Land Trust, past and present, during our 65th Video Series, which kicks off May 15. These extraordinary individuals made possible the preservation of six landmark properties, including Dunlap Woods, Mather Meadows, Waterbury Field, The Trails at Cherry Lawn, Olson Woods and Brendan’s Meadow.


Running Challenge


This Fall, join the Land Trust for the 65th Running Challenge from October 2 – 31.

– Event kicks off at Highland Farm Rocktoberfest October 2

-I0k Challenge starts and finishes at Highland Farms …. scan QR code on Welcome Sign to register

-Traverse scenic backroads past beautiful properties, including Mather Meadows and Waterbury Field

-Registered Challengers are eligible for prizes to be announced on website and social media November 2