Saunders Land Acquisition Campaign
The Saunders property is untouched forest, feeds the Eightmile River and Roaring Brook watersheds, and is geologically unique with evidence of two terranes divided by a fault.
Help us preserve this "geologic gem."
Join one of our hikes, paddles, or special projects, or help our Stewardship team on one of our preserves.
Morning Hike: Sunday, May 15, 10:00 am -12:30 pm
We explore Chapman Pond Preserve, River Road, East Haddam, managed by The Nature Conservancy. This 3+ mile hike involves some steep elevation changes and rock hopping across a stream. Parking is along River Road unless driving a high-clearance vehicle - the road to the interior parking area is rough.
Birdwatching Walk - Members only: Monday, May 16, 8 am
RSVP (limited to 10 people) to join two avid birders at Miller Farm Preserve off of AP Gates Road, East Haddam. Bring binoculars but please leave dogs at home. RSVP by noon on 5/15 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Not yet a member? Join then RSVP.
May 21 Stewardship Work, 9:30 am
Work at EHLT's newest property, the Snell-Talbot Preserve entails clearing a new trail, removing tires and scrap metal from the woods, and clearing debris from an old schoolhouse foundation on the site. With luck, we will have a small farm vehicle on-site to make the job easier. Heavy gloves, resistant to sharp metal and glass, are recommended. Pickup trucks capable of taking material to the landfill are welcome.
Access the site, for this workday only, via a dirt road on property retained by the donor of the preserve who is kindly allowing us to use this access that day.
The entrance is on Falls Bashan Road, sixty (60) yards north of East Haddam - Colchester Turnpike. Look for an EHLT event sign by the roadside.
The access road is rugged; four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended.
Woods Walk: Sunday, May 29, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
We explore Lena Reserve on Babcock Road, East Haddam. This Town of East Haddam reserve has some steep elevation changes. The hike will cover about 2 miles.
Check 'Our Preserves' for info on each preserve with trails. While visiting stay safe and follow the most recent CDC Covid 19 guidelines; respect nature; use the contact link at the bottom of this page to report trail issues.
The East Haddam Interactive Trail Map provides trail, parking, and general information for trails maintained by East Haddam Land Trust, the Town of East Haddam, and The Nature Conservancy.
Find printed preserve trail maps at East Haddam's Municipal Office Complex.
We also have preserves and easements without trails where access is not practical or landowners maintain the use of the property.
Please note, hunting is not permitted on EHLT preserves, but please wear orange during hunting season as a safety precaution.
We currently protect 700 acres of land in preserves and through property easements. Many of our preserves have marked hiking trails open to the public.
Enjoy hiking at East Haddam Land Trust preserves with trails. Use our Interactive Trail Map on your mobile and desktop devices for information on East Haddam Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and Town of East Haddam trails. Leashed dogs may accompany hikers on East Haddam Land Trust trails. Find downloadable trail maps on each preserve page:
East Haddam Land Trust preserves with historic sites but no formal trails:
Town of East Haddam and Nature Conservancy open-space with trails :
Scroll through photos of our preserves, hikes, paddles, and other activities.
East Haddam Land Trust
P.O. Box 122
East Haddam, CT 06423
We welcome curiosity and will reply to your questions as promptly as possible.