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

Apps

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

 

1956

Anonymous donation gives rise to Darien Land Trust

1960s: Population 18,000

Town 78% developed by 1962

1960

Darien Parkland Association established

1969

Darien Parkland Association becomes Darien Land Trust, Inc.

1970s: Population 20,000

79 acres, 38 properties under DLT protection

1972

Gifted 14.1-acre Dunlap Woods

1973

Received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

1974

Acquired 14.8-acre Norton Woods

1977

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

1980s: Population 18,892

137 acres, 61 properties under DLT protection

1984

 

 

 

 

 

Gifted 2.2-acre Nearwater/Holly Pond

1986

30th Anniversary

1989

Gifted 14-acre Olson Woods

1990s: Population 18,196

159 acres, 71 properties under DLT protection

1993

Buys 3.5 acre Cherry Lawn

1996

40th Anniversary

1997

Renamed Darien Land Trust (DLT)

2000s: Population 19,607

Town 97% developed

190 acres, 77 properties under DLT protection

2003

Acquired 9-acre Mather Meadows

2006

50th Anniversary, and reveal of new logo

2007

Acquired 6-acre Brendan’s Meadow

2008

Acquired 1.8-acre Waterbury Field

2010s: Population 20,732

218 acres, 82 properties under DLT protection

2012

 

 

 

 

Granted 5.7 acre (CE) at Ox Ridge Hunt Club

 

 

 

 

Acquired 3-acre Juniper Road

2014

Inaugural Farm to Table Dinner

2016

60th Anniversary

2017

Estate-gifted 2.3-acre Piacentini Preserve

2018

Noroton River Fishway completed

2018

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.

2020

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

2021

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