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 12/11/22, 10 am to noon
Join our morning hike through Banningwood Preserve, 19 Town Street (Rt. 82) in Lyme. This 102-acre preserve offers interesting rock outcroppings, wetlands, and wooded and open views that are especially nice now that the trees and mostly leafless.
Stewardship 12/17/22, 9:30 am
This month's work party will consist of trail work at PeGus's Path Preserve, 12 acres of woodland, and trails often used for horseback riding.
Membership - Join or Renew
Our membership drive continues through the end of 2022. Every donation helps our work of preserving and protecting land and waterways in perpetuity for current and future generations.
2023 East Haddam Land Trust Photo Calendars
Members who joined/renewed will receive their calendars soon in the mail. A limited supply of extra calendars will be available for free at local businesses.
Bells of East Haddam - Finders Keepers
December 20 is the last day to retrieve the gift certificates for finders of a Bell! We think about 18 ceramic bells remain hidden along a trail at these East Haddam Land Trust preserves: Ballahack, Duncan, Golet Farm, Hidden Valley Farm, Miller Farm, Olde Field, PeGus’s Path, Sheepskin Hollow, and Hammond Mill. Call 860-873-2264 to retrieve a gift certificate from a local business. Keep and show off your find. Post a photo of your Bell on the East Haddam Land Trust Facebook page with the tag @EastHaddamLandTrust or on Instagram with the hashtags #easthaddamlandtrust #bellsofeasthaddam #shoplocal-everyoneprofits.
Annual Meeting 1/20/23
Mark your calendars ... our Annual Meeting will be Friday, 1/20/2023, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the East Haddam Historical Society Museum, 264 Town Street, East Haddam. Andrea Urbano, with the Forestry Division of CT DEEP will talk on Managing Our Woodlands for a Healthy Future. Watch for more details to be posted later in December.
New Year's Day Hike, 1/1/2023, 1-3 pm
Our annual New Year's Day Hike will explore the Moodus Forest, 99 acres of woodlands and wooded wetlands managed jointly by EHLT and the East Haddam Conservation Commission. We will enter at the Robbie Road Trailhead to hike the trails. Park at the East Haddam Elementary School then walk to the Robbie Road Trailhead.
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.