In our 102-acre Banningwood Preserve, NaturePlace is a series of programs, events, and workshops, hosted in Diana’s Field and its surrounding trails – leading all the way up to the impressive Parker’s Perch, and all the way down to the pristine Roaring Brook.
On CT Trails Day, June 1, 2019 we introduced the NaturePlace Self-guided Trail for all Ages. The map and brochure that accompanies the new interpretive trail highlights interesting facts about ecology, history and geology at marked stations in the preserve. The Self-Guided Trail Walk for All Ages is designed to engage curious hikers of all ages and interests. The Self-Guided Trail Walk Geology and Ecology is designed to for those who wish for more details.
New Map and Brochures!!
- Banningwood Preserve: NaturePlace Self-guided Trail Walk for all Ages
- Banningwood Preserve: NaturePlace Self-guided Trail Walk Geology and Ecology
For a Comprehensive Natural Resources Inventory of Banningwood Preserve by Anthony Irving, Forest ecologist and Ralph Lewis, geologist.
Earth Day 2018
A true success in community spirit and in celebration of our Mother Earth, Earth Day 2018 in Diana’s Field hosted nearly 100 members of our small community who came out to enjoy the day. Community members and families enjoyed activities like Eight Mile River Bug Discovery, Family Forest Discovery walk with Jim Arrigoni, Live Raptor Presentation with A Place Called Hope, Arts & Crafts with Lyme Parks and Recreation, S’Mores by the fire, Scavenger Hunt, and Goodie Bags from Reynolds Subaru and Ballek’s Garden Center! We can’t wait to celebrate again this year on Sunday, April 28th 2019 at Diana’s Field!
The goal of NaturePlace is to reintroduce unstructured nature exploration to the outdoor experience, while also incorporating relevant educational elements along the trails. While the location will aim to be a community-inspired learning center, NaturePlace’s main focus will be to foster and enhance local and regional children’s curiosity with nature.
Diana and Parker Lord sold Banningwood Preserve to the Land Trust in 2013. The Lords fell in love with the property back in 1998 and moved from their waterfront home in Lyme to the 115-acre pristine woodland parcel. They committed much of their ensuing years to maintaining the old woods roads, clearing hazards and invasives, creating fields for wildlife and personal enjoyment, and protecting the precious Roaring Brook.
When out on their property, the Lords felt an attachment to their carefree childhoods – long lost times when they would spend uncharted days exploring, running wild in the woods, splashing in creeks, stumbling on rocks, and coming home covered in dirt and smiles enriched by their time spent outside. NaturePlace aims to inspire these same feelings among it’s visitors by engaging in the sights, smells, and sounds (even the quiet) of its woodlands, meadows, and flowing water.