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.

On the coldest morning this Fall, a hearty group of volunteers participated in the annual Cross Lots Cleanup. Many piles of leaves have been created which will be recycled at the Essex Town dump.

The rain delayed clean-up of Osage Trails took place on bright and somewhat blustery late Fall morning. Starting at 10 AM, the crews completed the task in approximately 2 hours.

Taking advantage of unseasonably mild weather, some 20 dedicated volunteers made light work of cleaning up this Ivoryton land trust park in record time (less than an hour and a half). Refreshment of donuts, coffee, and cider replenished energy as we prepare for next week’s cleanup planned for Osage Trails on Foxboro Road, Essex.

Falls River Preserve Steward John Matthiessen lead 19 participants in a leisurely stroll of this 40-acre preserve. A nearby resident provided refreshments after the hike.

A dozen participants joined Essex Land Trust board members at Osage Trails at its Meet & Greet event held on a beautiful sunny Fall saturday afternoon. We were able to discuss volunteer opportunities and answer questions in a relaxed informal atmosphere. With refreshments of apple cider, donuts and pumpkin squares, the afternoon was also punctuated with flybys of Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Osprey, and Bald Eagles on Falls River Cove.

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.