Aspetuck Land Trust is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is the preservation and conservation of open space, including farm and forest land, and the natural resources located thereon, primarily in the towns of Easton, Weston, Fairfield and Westport, for the benefit and education of the public.
Being good stewards of the land is an important part of our mission. We actively manage our properties consulting with experts from CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, The Nature Conservancy, and Audubon Society to ensure that the plants and animals that depend on the land are protected. This includes timing our meadow mowing to protect habitat for ground nesting birds, restoring river banks and building fish ladders to improve our native trout streams, removing invasive plants, improving our trails to decrease erosion, and conducting wildlife surveys of our properties.
Education and Fun
We believe in the power of nature to inspire and provide spiritual refreshment to children and adults. We provide fun educational hikes for adults and families, created a Natural Playground for children, and introduced a childrens hiking program, Short Hikes for Short People.
How Do I Become a Member?
Click here to Join us. All donations are tax-deductible and a tax receipt will be provided. Members receive a member sticker, our annual newsletter, access to special events and hikes, and the satisfaction that you are supporting a LOCAL organization which makes our towns greener and more sustainable places to live.
For information on how to preserve your land and an overview of related tax benefits, please see Donating Land.
Who Are We?
Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) was founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. We provide passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of our towns. ALT maintains 45 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only properties on over 1,700 acres of land. ALT has over 1,000 local members who support us through annual membership contributions.
How Do We Work?
The Aspetuck Land Trust is governed by a Board of Directors from the four towns we serve. ALT participates in the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, Land Trust Alliance, and Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership. Through generous gifts of land, continued efforts of volunteers, and cooperation from town agencies, ALT has acquired hundreds of acres which will be maintained in a natural state in perpetuity.