Darien Land Trust

Preserving and protecting open space in Darien, Connecticut — Forever

Our Mission

The Darien Land Trust permanently preserves and restores open space, providing the community with environmentally rich habitats, scenic vistas, opportunities for educational experiences and the quiet enjoyment of nature.

The Darien Land Trust now owns or has conservation easements over more than 200 acres in Darien. We have permanently protected diverse natural environments such as wetlands along the Five Mile River, tidal salt marshes at Holly Pond and Scott’s Cove, upland forests in Dunlap Woods,  and meadow habitat at Mather Meadows, Fox Run, and Brendans Meadow.

Darien Land Trust permanently preserves and restores open space.

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Volunteers are vital to the success of the Darien Land Trust, from serving on our board of directors to land protection, habitat restoration, office support, and organization. Whatever your skill, knowledge, or interest, there's a place you can make a difference. Read More

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Become a Member

Becoming a Land Trust member is simple. Members can contribute via check or by credit card.

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Darien Land Trust is a 501(c)3 organization — Gifts are tax deductible.

Latest News

DLT Director Shirley Nichols Retires

Flip Huffard and Shirley Nichols at the Darien Land Trust Farm to Table dinner, August 25, 2018After 14 years as the executive director of the Darien Land Trust, Shirley Nichols will be stepping away from the day-to-day operations of the organization. She will continue to work with the DLT as a trustee emeritus and will assist Beth Harmon, the new executive director, with the transition starting in September.


Fourth Annual Farm to Table Dinner was a Smash Hit!

Darien Land Trust Farm to Table Dinner 2018Thank you to those who joined us for our 4th annual Farm to Table dinner on Saturday, August 25. It was a resounding success! There were 248 loyal DLT supporters served a delicious, locally sourced mean in the stunning Waterbury Field!


The DLT 4th Annual Farm to Table Dinner

The 2018 Darien Land Trust Farm to Table Dinner will be held on Saturday, August 25, in Waterbury Field. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the al fresco dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.

Note: this year's Farm to Table Dinner has sold out. However, we are keeping a waiting list. If you would like to be added to the list, please call Shirley at 203.655.4148.