Caring for our World here at Home

The land trust’s annual events include hikes, lectures, property cleanups, our annual meeting, and events with other organizations. Our photo gallery will be updated regularly with highlights from some of these events.

An intrepid group of 35 hikers explored the expanded Fern Ledge Preserve, climbing up the steep slope, noticing the extensive Christmas fern beds, and reaching the top of the preserve part of Farm Hill estates. The slightly more than one mile hike was followed by many quenching their thirst at the Surfbridge Brewery, next to the Essex Steam Train station.

On a beautiful, sunny, fresh day, more than 40 kayaks explored Essex’s North Cove and Falls River Cove.  We also learned about the industrial history of Falls River Cove from its beginnings in the late 1600’s.

Seventeen kayaks set out from Essex’s Middle Cove, went around Thatchbed Island and crossed the Connecticut River just south of Nott Island. After proceeding north and around the island, we stopped for refreshments including s’mores!

The Essex Land Trust thoroughly enjoyed our involvement in the July 4th parade sponsored by the @Ivoryton Village Alliance. We all had a great time.

Enjoy scenes from the Essex Land Trust annual concert and BYO picnic. Great music from Mass-Conn-Fusion. Fun entertainment and plenty of dancing!

Essex Land Trust steward, Scott McCoid, conducted 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.

Valley Regional High School Community Service Day on Essex Land Trust Preserves: The Preserve, The Millrace, Windswept Ridge, and Johnson Farm. Photos by Myron Stacks, Scott McCoid, Jeff Croyle, and Leif Owens.

Annual Meeting photographs by Leslie Barlow

A selection of pictures taken on the day stewards and volunteers joined Jack Swatt, President of the Connecticut American Chestnut Foundation, in planting American Chestnut nuts at Cross Lots.