Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust | Public Lands Every Day

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Nostrand Preserve and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust Kahn Preserve | Kent, Conn.

Founded in 1965, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is Connecticut’s largest land trust, protecting more than 9,000 acres in 18 communities. Weantinoge has focused on strategic regional acquisitions, becoming a state leader in science-based land preservation and management. Their protected lands include 14 nature preserves open to the public, with more than 18 miles of hiking trails and 15 working farms. Each year, the Land Trust provides free environmental education and outreach programs to more than 200 children and families.

Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust received a 2015 NEEF Public Lands Every Day Event Grant to support the following events:

  • Riverwalk Hike- a naturalist will lead a two-mile hike along the banks of the West Aspetuck River to explore its vibrant ecosystem (April).
  • Extreme Hikers Day- a naturalist will lead a three-mile hike that will start at the Nostrand Preserve and loop around to Weantinoge's Kahn Preserve.  
  • Cultural and Archeological History of Bear Hill Event- attendees will learn about local American Indian history by participating in an American Indian settlement and history tour of the Preserve. Attendees will also visit an American Indian stone cairn that is believed to have been used for astronomical purposes. Participants will work with a naturalist to learn how to identify the signs of human impact on the landscape through discussions of disturbance patterns, fire, logging and agricultural use (June).

For more information about this grantee, visit weantinoge.org.

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