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Outings and Events

We host a variety of fun outings and informative events.  Don't miss an event ... sign up for our email notices at the bottom of this page.
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Hikes and Paddles

Hikes are scheduled for the second Sunday of September through June and the last Sunday of September through May; most are easy to moderate in difficulty.  During warmer months we schedule paddles on local waters. 


Stewardship Work Parties

Our Stewardship Work Parties generally occur on the third Saturday of the month to help with trail and preserve boundary maintenance. There is usually work for all ability levels. Help is greatly appreciated and always needed.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting occurs during the first half of June and reviews the activities of the land trust, elects new board members, conducts other official business, and features interesting speakers and programs.  


Special Events

These events vary from year to year; most are open to the public, but some are for members only.  We announce all events through email and some specific events, such as the annual meeting, by email and USPS mail.

Swallow Watch Paddle
Saturday, September 30, 5:15 pm launch

See the swallow murmuration with East Haddam Land Trust on the Connecticut River in Old Lyme. We launch at 5:15 p.m. from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Marine headquarters facility at 333 Ferry Road in Old Lyme. Kayakers will paddle up the River to Goose Island and paddle back after sunset. Participants must wear personal flotation devices and have well-functioning headlamps or waterproof flashlights for the return paddle. Open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Goodwin Trail Challenge Fundraiser- October 8, 2023
Hike, Run, or Cycle the 14-mile trail

Registration required. More info.

Goodwin Trail Challenge Volunteers

Help us run this event by volunteering. Many hands make light work.

Bells of East Haddam - Finders Keepers
Starts Labor Day Weekend

Bells of East Haddam (ceramic bells, dated and stamped with a swing bridge image) will again be hidden at selected East Haddam Land Trust preserves. Find one and it's yours.

For the second year, the Land Trust is collaborating with Shop Local - Everyone Profits, LLC, a local, privately owned, and funded limited liability company that funds the 100 tennis-ball-sized ceramic bells made by Heather Abel at Purring Potters in Colchester.

One-third of the Bells will be hidden by Labor Day Weekend in or on a natural feature within an arm’s reach of a Land Trust trail. The second and third sets will be hidden by mid-September and in early October.

Bells are hidden along or within an arm's reach of trails at the following East Haddam Land Trust Preserves: Ballahack, Golet Farm, Hidden Valley Farm, Snell-Talbot, Bloch, Miller Farm, Sheepskin Hollow, Olde Field, and PeGus's Path, and now at Monica's Woods and Saunders. Watch this page, our Instagram and Facebook pages for updates. 

Check 'Our Preserves' for info on each preserve with trails. Use the contact link at the bottom of this page to report trail issues. 

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