Founded in 1966, 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.
Who We Are
Since 1966, Aspetuck Land Trust has preserved over 1,800+ acres of land which will be maintained in a natural state in perpetuity. Membership donations from the general public help us maintain and preserve more land before it is too late. We invite you to join the over 1,000 local members of the Aspetuck Land Trust who support us!
We maintain 45 nature preserves which are open to the public. Information on how to access these properties can be found on the Our Preserves page.
How We Work
The Aspetuck Land Trust is governed by a Board of Directors from the four towns we serve. ALT is a member of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, Land Trust Alliance, and the Hudson to Housatonic Initiative (H2H).
Caring for the Land
Being good stewards of the land is an important part of our mission. We actively manage our properties 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 developing Conservation and Management Plans for 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, a Jr. Ranger Program, and started an Eco-Camp for middle school children in 2017. For more information on on programs for children see Children’s Activities.
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.