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

Darien Land Trust 65th Anniversary: History in Images

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!

Video Series

Running Challenge

Trails Challenge

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10,000 acres of land area, 15 square miles

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

 

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Anonymous donation gives rise to Darien Land Trust

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Town 78% developed by 1962

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Darien Parkland Association established

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Darien Parkland Association becomes Darien Land Trust, Inc.

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79 acres, 38 properties under DLT protection

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Gifted 14.1-acre Dunlap Woods

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Received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status

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Acquired 14.8-acre Norton Woods

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

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137 acres, 61 properties under DLT protection

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Gifted 2.2-acre Nearwater/Holly Pond

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30th Anniversary

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Gifted 14-acre Olson Woods

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159 acres, 71 properties under DLT protection

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Buys 3.5 acre Cherry Lawn

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40th Anniversary

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Renamed Darien Land Trust (DLT)

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Town 97% developed

190 acres, 77 properties under DLT protection

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Acquired 9-acre Mather Meadows

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50th Anniversary, and reveal of new logo

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Acquired 6-acre Brendan’s Meadow

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Acquired 1.8-acre Waterbury Field

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218 acres, 82 properties under DLT protection

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Granted 5.7 acre (CE) at Ox Ridge Hunt Club

 

 

 

 

Acquired 3-acre Juniper Road

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Inaugural Farm to Table Dinner

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60th Anniversary

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Estate-gifted 2.3-acre Piacentini Preserve

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Noroton River Fishway completed

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Gifted 2.7-acre Mandel Preserve

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

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

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Darien Land Trust 65th Anniversary

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RUNNING CHALLENGE

If you haven’t already registered from the Challenge please do so by clicking the button below.

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 Farm …. 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

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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.

 

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