Places We Protect

Dennis Farm Preserve


Mountain Laurel
Mountain Laurel Mountain Laurel © Cynthia Fowx

The forest is dominated by red and black oaks, with shrubs including huckleberry and blueberry.



Why You Should Visit

The Dennis Farm Preserve, a forested former farm in Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner,” hosts a variety of wildlife.

Why TNC Selected This Site

Colonel Edward B. Dennis donated this farmland to the Conservancy in 1973.

What TNC Has Done/Is Doing

The fields are mowed periodically to maintain them for open fields for bluebirds, tree swallows, and other species.




Dawn to dusk


380 acres

Explore our work in this region


This preserve offers a two-mile trail—a former farm road—through old agricultural land, most of which is now oak forest. The route passes a beaver pond on adjacent 4-H land and returns by way of grassy Old Kings Highway.

What to See: Plants

The forest on the preserve is dominated by red and black oaks, with shrubs including huckleberry, blueberry, mountain laurel and witch hazel.

What to See: Animals

Keep an eye out for great blue and green-backed herons as well as painted turtles in the ponds.

Please enjoy your visit to this preserve. The Nature Conservancy welcomes passive recreation, including hiking, birding, canoeing, nature study and cross-country skiing.

To ensure those who visit after you are able to enjoy the same experience you have, please remember to stay on designated trails, pack out everything you brought in, and contact our office at: 203 568 6270 or if you notice any problems.

To maintain the ecological integrity of the preserve, the following activities are not allowed: collection of plant or animal specimens, camping, fires, fishing, hunting, bicycling, and use of motorized vehicles. Pets are not allowed on TNC preserves.