Through events, programs, and other forms of involvement, the Education Committee seeks to broaden community awareness of open space and instill conservation values, with special emphasis on engaging and inspiring the next generation to love Lyme’s remarkable resources.

Youth Programming

  • The Sapling Club–Elementary School aged kids: Enjoy free play in the forest with friends! We’ll meet up the second Saturday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Banningwood Preserve. The Sapling Club is for elementary-aged kids. Parents are welcome to stay or drop-off. Learn More.
  • The Hiking Club–Middle School-aged kids: (official name TBA): Come hike the trails! Each hike will be an adventure to explore the natural world. The Hiking Club is for middle school-aged kids. It meets the second Saturday of each month in a different preserve from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn More.
  • The Tree Collective–ages 14-18: A program designed to engage young conservationists ages 14-18 in outdoor fun and education while working to maintain trails in our beautiful town of Lyme, CT. Learn More.
  • For a slide show of the Tree Collective 2019-2020.

Events and celebrations: We provide programs and activities for people of diverse ages and interests. View Events

Tours of Preserves: We organize talks and walks led by experts to enhance appreciation of our open spaces. Our guided hikes and activities encourage the pure enjoyment of the outdoors with like-minded nature lovers.

Virtual Explorations of our Lyme Preserves. Take a remote “walk” to learn about a Lyme Preserve from the comfort of your home through videos produced by LLT. You can enjoy a video tour at home and then apply the information on your walks in our preserves. Visit the Explore Menu. 

Interpretive Trails: We create self-guided walks to highlight different aspects of our preserves.

Stewardship Education: The Land Trust educates users of our preserves about the many ways they can care for the environment.

Interesting News: We prepare and make available informative articles for the Lyme Land Trust Newsletter and this website.

Scientific Study: We facilitate study of the natural resources present on our preserves for educational and land management purposes.

Partnerships: We join with the schools and other organizations to promote the importance of land conservation.

Lyme Pollinator Pathway Partnership: Lyme organizations and individuals working together to establish patches of pollinator plants and pathways between them. Lyme Pollinator Pathway (LPP) is an initiative of the Lyme SustainableCT Committee, which is appointed by the Lyme Board of Selectmen. The Lyme Land Trust is an active organization member of the group. Learn more. 

Lyme Forest Block Project Phase 2—an initiative launched by Audubon Connecticut, in partnership with and other local land trusts, and municipalities.

Volunteers: The Land Trust encourages volunteers to help with programming.

Astronomy Program Proposal: The Lyme Land Trust is exploring the establishment of an astronomy program to take advantage of the dark skies above our preserves. Learn more.
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