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Good Plant/Bad Plant? Untangling the way we regard our local vegetation

The Preserve Ingham Hill Road, Essex, CT

Naturalist Judy Preston will lead a hike in The Preserve.which will be a leisurely walk to identify and better understand the difference between native, non-native, invasive and naturalized plants. The threats are real, and so are the challenges to addressing them. But even the “solutions” can be problematic. We will begin the discussion, but beware: […]


Earth Day Event by Sustainable Essex

Bushy Hill Recreation Center 253 Bushy Hill Road, Deep River, CT

Sustainable Essex is promoting an Earth Day Event on April 30. Billed as a community event that reduces waste and brings people together, its an opportunity to reduce your waste, repair what's broken, recycle what's left and connect with nature. More information at: sustainable/


Essex Land Trust Annual Meeting

Essex Meadows 30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT

Join us for the Essex Land Trust's 53rd Annual Meeting.  A cocktail reception with light food will kick off at 5:00 and will be followed by an annual business review. Tickets ($30) for the cocktail buffet will be available at the door. Business meeting and presentation is open to all. Non-members welcome.   For more […]

Tree Identification Hike with Bob Kuchta

Canfield-Meadow Woods Book Hill Woods Road, Essex, CT

Join former Madison Tree Warden Bob Kuchta for an informational and entertaining tree identification hike in Canfield Woods Bob will teach you how to identify the trees that are common in Essex and describe their natural history and human uses. Fun for all ages. Easy to moderate walking. Rain cancels.   For more information email: […]


Millrace Hike: Remembering the Flood of 1982

The Millrace Preserve Ivory Street, Ivoryton, CT

Join preserve steward Scott McCoid for a walking tour of the Millrace Preserve with a discussion of Ivoryton, its history, the company that built it and the Flood that punctuated the end of an era. Rain Date: Sunday June 5. Parking: Ivory St. and Public Lot at Ivoryton Green


Annual Picnic and BYO Concert at Essex Main Street Park

Main Street Park 12 Main Street, Essex, CT

The Essex Land Trust is hosting a live music concert featuring Mass-Conn-Fusion Band. As its name suggests, Mass-Conn-Fusion draws its talent from both sides of the Massachusetts-Connecticut border. The band was formed at the University of Connecticut Music Department by bassist, James Healy. The original band name was Conn-Fusion. Following school, Jim played extensively throughout […]


Kayak/Canoe Around Nott Island

Main Street Park 12 Main Street, Essex, CT

Avid kayaker and Essex Land Trust Board member, Jeff Croyle, will lead a circumnavigation of Nott Island. The Island is on the Connecticut River, is owned by the State, and is located across from the Essex harbor. Plan to arrive early to sign a waiver and launch your kayak/canoe for a timely departure. A safety […]


Kayak/Canoe Essex’s North Cove and Falls River Cove

Bushnell Street Landing Essex, CT

Explore Essex’s North Cove and Falls River Cove with avid kayaker and Essex Land Trust Board member, Jeff Croyle. Enjoy expansive views of Essex’s Great Meadow, largely preserved by the Essex Land Trust, and learn about the industry, including shipbuilding, located in Falls River Cove during the 18th and 19th centuries. Plan to arrive early […]


Doug Tallamy to Speak presented by Guilford Land Conservation Trust

Guilford High School Performing Arts Center 605 New England Rd, Guilford, CT

Doug Tallamy, nationally known author of Nature’s Best Hope, Bringing Nature Home, The Nature of Oaks, and The Living Landscape, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, will speak at Guilford High School Performing Arts Center Monday, Sept. 12, 7:00 p.m. Tallamy is noted for his research revealing the unbreakable link […]

Fern Ledge Hike followed by Happy Hour at Surfridge Brewery

Middlesex Hospital Facility 252 Westbrook Road (Route 153), Essex, CT

This 20-acre preserve sits astride the Essex-Westbrook town line and, after the recent purchase of 3 acres, now connects to Farm Hill Estates, 4-acre plot in Ivoryton and Westbrook deeded to the land trust when a housing development was established along Carol Drive. With its steep terrain and high ledge overlooking a working farmer’s field, […]


Osage Trails Preserve Cleanup

Osage Trails Preserve Foxboro Road, Essex, CT

November marks the time of year when the stewardship team prepares our properties for winter and ensures we are ready for the following spring. We have scheduled three work events which would benefit greatly from volunteers willing to get some outdoor exercise while helping care for some of our preserves. Please mark your calendars and […]

Sustainable Essex Source to Sea Cleanup

To Be Determined CT

Join Sustainable Essex and the Connecticut River Conservancy as we gather to collect trash and litter along the roadways and waterways proximal to the Connecticut River. We will tally the trash using a smartphone app, which allows us to track the most often littered materials. This data helps inform legislative policy to either reduce the […]