The New Fairfield Land Trust
Preserving Our Future
The New Fairfield Land Trust was formed in 1997 to protect and preserve Open Space in our town. Since that time we have helped to protect over 290 acres. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is run by volunteers and supported by our membership.
We encourage community participation and look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings or out on the trail.
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Date:Saturday, Sept 13, 2014 Time: 10:30 Duration :90 - 120 min The New Fairfield Land Trust is leading a hike on our Sweetcake Mountain Preserve. This hike is co-sponsored with the Naromi Land Trust. We will be meeting at the gazebo at the Stop and Shop parking lot and shuttling over, as parking is limited.
Dave Bevan and Kevin Hicks will meet you at the Gazebo area of the Stop and Shop parking lot to arrange the carpool to Sweetcake. If you are interested, please call Dave to register.
A picture from the hike. What a great day it was
New Fairfield Land Trust
PO Box 8896
New Fairfield, CT 06812
Date :Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Time :7:30 AM Duration:Throughout the school day (7:30 am - 2:00 pm)
The Hidden Valley Nature Lab is bringing several speakers and a number of programs to the Hidden Valley Nature preserve in order to raise awareness on and increase enthusiasm towards Earth Day, land conservation, and the importance of the health of our environment. These programs are available to science classes of the High School and Middle School throughout the day.
The Hidden Valley Nature Lab is a public, educational resource whose goal is to take the normal “classroom environment” and transform it into hands-on, interactive learning with the environment. Throughout the land preserve, there exists several kiosks, each with a QR code that will bring any individual with a smart phone to the Hidden Valley Nature Lab website. The website itself boasts innumerable lesson plans that correspond with the curriculums of K-12 academic classes. While the Lab offers teachers the opportunity to engage their students in outside interactive learning, the Lab is also available to any person who chooses to use it. If you simply enjoy taking a hike or feel like giving your kids their very own personalized lesson, feel free to visit the Hidden Valley Nature preserve and utilize the Lab!
Summary of the event:
This past Earth Day, Wednesday April 22nd, the New Fairfield Public Schools decided to take this special occasion to the next level through the creation of an Earth Day Celebration on New Fairfield's very own land preserve, the Hidden Valley Nature Center, a property of the New Fairfield Land Trust. This new event not only incorporated collegiate speakers (from Western Connecticut State University) and professional programs (such as the Cedar Island Marina Research Lab and the Blue Moon Raptors Program), but effectively employed the high school's own AP Environmental students through a variety of individualized and group presentations, booths and stations. With students, speakers, and professionals working side by side, the targeted audience -- fellow high school students and 6th grade students from New Fairfield Middle School -- were engaged on an personalized basis. Ranging from historical hikes to bird-watching, the Celebration offered opportunities that allowed every student the freedom to partake in any activity of choice, utilizing natural surroundings -- the trees, ponds, wildlife -- for the sake of learning. Through this new implementation of personalized learning through the Earth Day Celebration, we saw students curious, engaged, and excited about learning -- and about the environment.
Date:Saturday, August 29, 2015 Time: noon
Duration : approximately 5 hours
We are sponsoring a presentation of art inspired by the beauty of the land we protect. Many area artists will be on hand to display their works - - and some of them will be creating new art as you watch.
There will also be artwork on display right across the road at the Senior Center where starting at noon, a silent auction will be held and the winners will be announced at 4:30 PM. Parking for this event will also be the Senior Center. Hope to see you there.
Light refreshments will be available for sale.
A percentage of all art sales will be going to NFLT to help us continue our mission of Preserving Our Future
Our Northern Fairfield Land Trust Coalition has been awarded the Excellence in Conservation Award. It was presented at the 2015 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference.
You can find additional information regarding this reward on page 6 of the 2015 CLCC Program