Preserves and Programs
The Connecticut Urban Program
The Long Island Sound Program
The Connecticut River Program
Lower Connecticut River
The Eightmile River
Measuring eight miles from its cold, fast-flowing headwaters to its confluence with the Connecticut River at Hamburg Cove’s freshwater tidal marshes, the Eightmile remains in remarkably good condition with high water quality and rich aquatic life.
Trails through open fields and woodlands lead to frontage on the Eightmile River.
With wooded hills and pristine freshwater tidal marshes, this preserve provides vital habitat for many plants and animals, including songbirds, shorebirds and rails, and is also a critical site for wintering bald eagles.
This preserve features a mile of trail through mountain laurel thickets and beech groves, and along a cove on the Connecticut River.
(East Haddam & Salem)
More than 180 bird species have been sighted on the preserve, which is close to 1,000-acre Devil's Hopyard State Park.
This 60-acre tidal freshwater pond and surrounding land provide nesting, breeding and feeding habitat for a variety of plants and animals, and it is a winter roosting site for bald eagles.
This brackish marsh contains a five-mile maze of waterways, with an abundance and variety of birdlife.
Pratt & Post Coves
A canoe and kayak launch at this site provides easy access to these excellent examples of freshwater tidal marsh.
Saugatuck Forest Lands
In the heart of Fairfield County, Connecticut’s most populated corner, lie the Saugatuck Forest Lands, a remarkable remnant of coastal forest that once stretched along the eastern seaboard from Virginia to central Maine. This natural cloister encompasses 60,000 acres of pristine waters and woodlands including, at its core, a 24-square-mile continuous forest centered on the Saugatuck and Aspetuck reservoirs.
(Weston & Redding)
At 1,756 acres, the Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve in Weston and Redding is the Connecticut Chapter's largest continuous preserve and the largest tract of protected land in densely developed Fairfield County.
A mile-long hike to the top of a ridge on this 158-acre preserve offers wide views to the south, west and north over Connecticut’s central valley.
This preserve offers a three-mile hike through dry oak woods, along massive rock outcrops, over a rock bluff with a view toward the south, down to a stream, past overgrown fields, and along an old farm lane
Northwest Connecticut and Litchfield County
This vast chain of intact forests and waterways teems with more than 150 rare and endangered species, a spectacular concentration of plants and animals rivaled nowhere else in the state.
Berkshire Taconic Landscape
Along the borders of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York lies the Berkshire Taconic Landscape. This landscape boasts a remarkable forest plateau and globally significant wetlands and is home to many rare plants, animals and natural communities.
Although this site was devastated by three tornadoes in 1989, the existing trail on this 42-acre preserve traverses the remaining intact portion of the stand.
This site provides habitat for several rare plant and animal species, as well as a significant part of the Hollenbeck River's watershed.
This 300-acre preserve offers a 1.5-mile hike on a loop trail through varied terrain.
(New Milford & Bridgewater)
The chapter’s largest preserve consists of 1,850 acres of farmland, forests, wetlands and meadows on 19 parcels of land in New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut.
The Quinebaug Highlands Landscape spans the border of the "quiet corner" of northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts. Comprising a 34,000-acre forest block stretching across four towns in Connecticut (Ashford, Eastford, Union and Woodstock) and two in Massachusetts (Southbridge and Sturbridge), most of this natural area is contained within the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor known as “The Last Green Valley.”
Spanning two states, the 200-square mile Pawcatuck Borderlands are home to one of the last remaining central-hardwood forests in New England. They comprise the southern end of a corridor of relatively undeveloped, rural lands that connect with "The Quiet Corner" of northeast Connecticut and the "Foster/Gloucester" area of northwest Rhode Island.
This 380-acre preserve offers a two-mile trail – a former farm road – through old agricultural land, most of which is now oak forest.
Ayers Gap’s 80 acres include an exquisite cascading waterfall amidst crags of exposed rock outcrops.
This 234-acre preserve contains a 1.5-mile loop trail that passes through woods and along a brackish tidal marsh on the Thames River.
This 450-acre preserve includes a three-mile loop trail with options for shorter hikes leading through mature oak forest, open fields and along the clear-flowing Little River.