News & Events

A Tribute to Chris Filmer

At our Annual Meeting on November 17th, long-time and retiring Trustee Chris Filmer was honored.  The  Darien Land Trust collaborated with the Darien Community Association, the Town of Darien Parks and Recreation Dept., the Darien Nature Center, Friends of Selleck’s Woods and DAF Media, to pay tribute to Chris, one of Darien’s most beloved and greatest volunteers.

Chris has made a lasting and profound impact on Darien since moving to town 45 years ago.  In the 1970s, the Town’s Selleck’s Woods and DLT’s Dunlap Woods were not the beautiful nature preserves they are today.  In fact, the properties had been damaged by vandals and oil slicks, and were strewn with garbage.

Despite the huge obstacles, Chris had a vision for the properties and joined the boards of both the Darien Land Trust and Friends of Selleck’s Woods in the 1990’s. With Chris’s leadership, Friends raised the necessary funds to clean up Selleck’s Woods and partnered with DLT’s Stewardship Committee to transform Selleck’s and Dunlap into an urban oasis with seven distinct ecosystems.  Thanks to Chris’s commitment, both “Woods” host community cleanups, family discovery events, and more than a thousand visitors a year.

DLT is forever grateful to Chris for his 27 years of service as a Trustee, including 3 years as President.  The town of Darien is truly a better place because of him.

Many thanks to DAF Media for livestreaming the event which is available to view. Photos from the event can be found here.

Chris Filmer Scholarship 

Among the many tributes was the formation of the Chris Filmer Scholarship. This need-based college scholarship will be administered by the DCA and awarded to a Darien High School student applicant who best exemplifies Chris’s commitment to community, and to the environment.

In honor of Chris and his legacy, we hope you’ll consider contributing to the scholarship by making a gift to the DCA.*

* When making an online donation, please check “This gift is for a scholarship” and enter Chris Filmer Scholarship.  If you would like the gift to remain anonymous, please indicate in the “Notes” field.  Donations can also be made by credit card by calling the DCA at (203) 655-9050 ext. 10, or by mailing a check payable to DCA (Chris Filmer Scholarship in memo line) to 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820.

2022 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 17th at 6 pm

The Darien Community Association

274 Middlesex Rd

Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17th at 6 pm at The Darien Community Association.  The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about our organization and meet fellow members. The event will feature a brief presentation by DLT Trustees, highlighting the accomplishments of the past year and our goals for the year ahead.

A special community-wide celebration of former DLT President and retiring Trustee Chris Filmer will follow at 7 pm.  Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Please RSVP by Monday, November 7th.


Walk Your Land Trust

The Wilton Land Conservation Trust will host a lantern walk at the Slaughter Field Native Wildflower Meadow.

Sunset Lantern Walk:

Sunday, November 6th

4:00 pm Meet up, 4:15 Departure

Drizzle or Shine


The hike starts and ends at the Slaughter Field Pond, located toward the corner of Piper’s and Nod Hill Road, Wilton, CT.

The Nick Parisot Memorial Trail:

The Nick Parisot Memorial Trail delicately meanders through existing open spaces in north Wilton. The trail reinforces community connections, offers visitors sanctuary, and a respite from their busy lives, and is a living monument to remind its travelers of Nick Parisot.

*No dogs*

Please RSVP

Announcing the 2022 Farm to Table Dinner!

We are thrilled to announce the date to the most anticipated event of the summer in Darien – our Farm to Table Dinner!

Tickets go on sale first week of July so mark your calendars!

If you have joined us in the past, but have not joined our membership, please consider an end of fiscal year donation before June 30th to support our mission and become a member!

Walk Your Land Trust Series (Outing #1 – New Canaan)

Land trusts from Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, and Stamford have teamed up to bring you the first-ever Discover Your Land Trust series. For four months, beginning in March 2022, each land trust will host an outing to introduce visitors to their preserves. We look forward to learning from each other, exploring our region’s open space, and making new connections.

Find the hidden beauty preserved by your local land trusts. This spring, explore a new landscape. Hike woodland trails where native birds of prey soar. Walk past a wildflower meadow rich in native species. Follow a winding path to a tidal estuary, where the river meets the ocean.

Registration is required.


Series Schedule

Walk #1: Tuesday, March 15 at 12pm, at New Canaan Land Trust’s Still Pond Preserve
Walk #2: Friday, April 29 (time TBD), at the Norwalk Land Trust’s Farm Creek PreserveTheme: forest bathing
Walk #3: Saturday, May 7 (time TBD), at the Stamford Land Trust’s Altschul PreserveTheme: mushroom foraging
Walk #4: Saturday, June 18 at 10am, at the Darien Land Trust’s Dunlap Woods

Registration for future walks will open approximately one month prior to each walk.


2021 Annual Meeting

Please join us for our 2021 Annual Meeting 
Sunday, November 14, 5:00pm 
Wee Burn Country Club 
410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road 

The DLT Board looks forward to providing our Annual Review and presenting the following new candidates for our Board of Trustees: 

Heather Curran 
Danielle Lettieri 
Berk Nowak 

Refreshments and cocktails will be available after the meeting.