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
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!
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
Gifted 14-acre Olson Woods
1990s: Population 18,196
159 acres, 71 properties under DLT protection
Buys 3.5 acre Cherry Lawn
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
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
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
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.
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