Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is to preserve and enhance our community’s open space and natural resources for the benefit of future generations.


The Essex Land Trust acquires and preserves open space to protect the environment and the small town character of the villages of Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton and to provide our community with passive recreational and educational opportunities.


The Essex Land Trust is an independent, non-profit organization supported by donations and managed by volunteers. Funding for stewardship of our preserves, as well as our on-going operations, comes from our members and donors.




 New & Notable

Noteworthy items of interest regarding the Essex Land Trust’s properties, events and initiatives, including copies of the member’s newsletter, Woods & Waters.



 ELT Fact Sheet

For a thumbnail summary of the Essex Land Trust, download this PDF Fact Sheet.



 Giving to ELT

Explore the different ways in which to give to the Essex Land Trust by downloading the Giving to the ELT PDF.



 How Does ELT Acquire Land?

Donating land for conservation is one of the finest legacies a person can leave for future generations. This PDF explains some of the ways ELT can acquire land.