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Osage Trails Preserve Cleanup

Osage Trails Preserve Foxboro Road, Essex, CT

We had to postpone this weekend's Osage Trails Clean-up because of the continuing rain. We are now planning to meet up this Friday, November 18 at 10 AM. Please mark your calendars and come join us. Bring rakes, blowers, and tarps. Families welcome. Dress warmly, wear long sleeve shirts, and bring work gloves. Refreshments will […]

Land Trust Presreve Cleanups – Cross Lots

Cross Lots Preserve 40 West Avenue, 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 […]

Moderate Hike in Canfield Meadow Woods – CANCELLED

Canfield-Meadow Woods - Deep River Entrance 383 Main Street, Deep River, CT, United States

Due to forecasted inclement weather, we are cancelling the planned Canfield Hike and Happy Hour scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd. We will be announcing programs planned for the New Year soon so check our calendar of events on the Essex Land Trust website:

Moonlight Hike & Cocoa at Johnson Farm – CANCELLED

Johnson Farm Read Hill Road, Ivoryton, CT

  WE ARE CANCELLING THIS EVENT BECAUSE OF THE LIKELIHOOD OF RAIN AND CLOUD COVER. OUR APOLOGIES. Join us for Essex Land Trust’s very first Moonlight Hike & Hot Cocoa event. We will be visiting the Johnson Farm Preserve to enjoy its wide open view of the full moon sky. This will be a short […]


Trends and Emerging Ideas in Landscapes and Land Care

Essex Town Hall 29 West Avenue, Essex, CT, United States

The Essex Garden Club and Essex Land Trust present Kathy Connolly of Old Saybrook to be the speaker for the garden club's annual open meeting. Kathy is a well respected ecology-minded landscape and garden designer writer, and speaker who emphasizes earth-friendly designs, native plants, and low-impact land care techniques. For more information about Kathy, check out […]

Windswept Ridge Hike & Happy Hour

Windswept Ridge Preserve 176 Westbrook Road, Essex, CT, United States

Come enjoy Essex Land Trust's Windswept Ridge Preserve for a moderate 45 min hike followed by Happy Hour. The property overlooks the Mud River valley farmland once known as“Scotch Plains” so it's fitting that we go to Scotch Plains Tavern after the hike. Parking is behind Essex Financial Services, 176 Westbrook Rd. and Scotch Plains […]


Canfield Meadow Woods Hike & Happy Hour

Canfield-Meadow Woods - Deep River Entrance 383 Main Street, Deep River, CT, United States

A moderate, 4-mile hike at Canfield Meadow Woods. Follow the event with a short drive to High Nine Brewery, 6 Winter Avenue, Deep River for a socializing happy hour. Shared by Deep River and Essex, Canfield-Meadow Woods Nature Preserve is made up of more than 300 acres of hilly, forested land with a wide variety […]


Introduction to the Essex Land Trust

Essex Library 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT

Want to learn more about the Essex Land Trust and its role in the community? President Jeff Croyle will be presenting an overview of the ELT’s mission and accomplishments, its 2023 calendar of events and available volunteer opportunities. Established in 1968, the land trust encourages new residents and those interested to ask questions and learn […]


Essex Land Trust Annual Meeting

Essex Meadows 30 Bokum Road, Essex, CT, United States

Essex Land Trust members are invited to join the annual meeting and cocktail reception. Light food will be served. Ticket prices for the buffet (5:00-6:00) will be announced later. Purchase of tickets will also be possible at the entrance. The business meeting and presentation that follows the reception are open to the public.

The Millrace: Ivoryton’s History and The 1982 Flood

The Millrace Ivory Street, Ivoryton, CT, United States

Back for a repeat performance Essex Land Trust and Essex Historical Society (which is investigating Ivoryton in 2023 as part of the collaborative Follow the Falls project) are planning a reprise of last year’s program commemorating the historic Ivoryton Flood of 1982. Essex Land Trust steward, Scott McCoid, will lead a walking tour of the […]


Annual Essex Land Trust BYO Picnic & Concert

Main Street Park 12 Main Street, Essex, CT, United States

The Essex Land Trust invites all to enjoy an evening on Essex’s Main Street Park with friends, live music, and views of South Cove. It is hosting its annual BYO and picnic concert featuring the Mass-Conn-Fusion Band, back for a repeat performance. The seven-piece band features exciting vocals, polished horns, and funky rhythm section and […]


The Preserve Hike and Happy Hour

The Preserve (West Entrance) 98 Ingham Hill Road, Essex, CT, United States

Celebrate the first day of summer with an always popular ELT Hike and Happy Hour. Myron Stacks, one of our stewards for the Preserve, will lead the hike in the Essex section of the Preserve. The approximately 1-hour hike will be moderate and will start at 5:30 PM. Hikers should meet at the West preserve […]