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Membership Matters

The rustling of autumn leaves,

the gurgling of a flowing stream,

the hoots of owls or calls of chickadees,
the hum of wood frogs in the spring,
or the gleeful call of a child who spots a cool rock, tree lichen, or a tiny flower ... these are the sounds that soothe souls.

These are the sounds your membership dollars help protect.

Join or renew your 2024 membership today.

EXTRA: 2024 members can subscribe to estuary magazine at a discount. Click the 'Join or Renew' button for more.


& Events

Join one of our events, or help our Stewardship team on one of our preserves.

Counting steps as part of your exercise routine? 
Preserve-like terrain averages about 2080 steps per mile.
The length of each trail is listed on the printed maps for each preserve available at the trailheads and downloadable from the interactive trail map and from each preserve webpage.

Color Blind Trailblazing
The blue trail at our Miller Farm Preserve is now blazed with a white "B" to signify it is the blue trail. This is to help colorblind hikers follow the trails more easily.
Please share your impression of this change by emailing


Check 'Our Preserves' for info on each preserve with trails or use our Interactive Trail Map.

Use the contact link at the bottom of this page to report trail issues. 

Woods Walk
Sunday, May 26, 1-3 pm

Join us at Banningwood Preserve in Lyme for a 2-mile hike through woodlands and wetlands with interesting geology and great views. The parking area for this Lyme Land Trust preserve is off of Rt. 82 (Town Street) between Clark Hill Rd. and Hadlyme Four Corners. This is open to the public. Hikers are invited to bring a post-hike tailgate snack to share along with EHLT refreshments.

CT River's Unique Geology
Sunday, May 26, 3 - 5 pm

Hadlyme Hall is hosting Ralph Lewis, a former Connecticut state geologist, is an expert on the impact of geology on the development of the Connecticut River Estuary. He will explain how the unique structure of the longest river in New England has played a key role in life here for thousands of years. Ralph is one of the geologists who identified the unique geology at EHLT's Saunders Preserve. He is sure to be informative and engaging. Click for more info.


Trails Day
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2

Connecticut Forest and Park Association sponsors Trails Day annually on the first weekend in June. EHLT is leading a 2.5-mile hike at Sheepskin Hollow Preserve from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, June 1. There are three other Trails Day Events in East Haddam that day. Check them out here and sign up for those requiring registration.


East Haddam Land Trust Annual Meeting
Friday, June 7

at the East Haddam Historical Society, 264 Town St., East Haddam.
6:30 pm: Business meeting/election of Directors.
7:30 pm: Presentation on Moths of CT by entomologist Matthew Nochisaki.
The public is welcome to attend this presentation. We encourage a cash donation for the scholarship fund and donations of adult toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, or unscented baby wipes for the River Valley Personal Care Products Project.

Check back here and on our Facebook page for event postponements, cancellations, or updates. 

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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 more than 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 :

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Scroll through photos of our preserves, hikes, paddles, and other activities.



We welcome curiosity and will reply to your questions as promptly as possible.

Contact Us
Contact Us


East Haddam Land Trust

P.O. Box 122

East Haddam, CT 06423




(860) 484-3458

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