Past Events

Banningwood Preserve -Temporary Closure of Parking Lot for Repairs

Date: Tue July 11, 2017 thru Wed July 12, 2017
Time: all day
Place: Banningwood Preserve Parking Lot, Town Street, Lyme
Contact Email: stewardship@lymelandtrust.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

The Parking Lot for Banningwood Preserve will be closed Monday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 13 for repairs to the parking lot. The Preserve will remain open. Limited parking will be available.


The Parking Lot for Banningwood Preserve will be closed Monday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 13 for repairs to the parking lot. The Preserve will remain open. Limited parking will be available.


Trailblazer walk/Trail Trimming at Jewett Preserve

Date: Tue July 11, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Place: Jewett Preserve Cemetery Entrance
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

Join us for this moderate walk in the woods at the Jewett Preserve in Lyme. We will hike the white trail and orange trail at the  Jewett Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. We will trim stems and saplings that are encroaching on the path as we walk. Bring along heavy-duty gloves and loppers. The hike is a about 2.5 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Mt. Archer Road. Travel about 1.25 miles. The Jewett Cemetery Entrance is on the right.


Join us for this moderate walk in the woods at the Jewett Preserve in Lyme. We will hike the white trail and orange trail at the  Jewett Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. We will trim stems and saplings that are encroaching on the path as we walk. Bring along heavy-duty gloves and loppers. The hike is a about 2.5 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Mt. Archer Road. Travel about 1.25 miles. The Jewett Cemetery Entrance is on the right.


50th Anniversary Exhibit of the Lyme Land Trust at the Lyme Public Hall

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Date: Sun July 2, 2017 thru Tue July 4, 2017
Time: Sunday 1:00-3:00pm, Mon, Tues 9:30am-12:30pm
Place: Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte 156)
Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

Join us for an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.

Come see exhibits highlighting
Lyme’s Preserves and Trails: past, present and future
Eightmile River Watershed and the Goodwin 4-town Trail
Winning photographs from the Land Trust’s Photo Contest
Visionaries video about Lyme’s commitment to open space.

Sunday July 2 is KID’S NATURE DAY at the exhibit.


Join us for an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.

Come see exhibits highlighting
Lyme’s Preserves and Trails: past, present and future
Eightmile River Watershed and the Goodwin 4-town Trail
Winning photographs from the Land Trust’s Photo Contest
Visionaries video about Lyme’s commitment to open space.

Sunday July 2 is KID’S NATURE DAY at the exhibit.


Kid’s Nature Day

Date: Sun July 2, 2017
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Place: Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road (Rte 156), Lyme CT, Park at the First Congregational Church of Lyme.
Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

Kid’s Nature Day at the Land Trust’s 50th Anniversary Exhibit. Join us for fun hands-on activities for children!

TOUCH live coastal creatures in Mystic Aquarium’s traveling “salt water touch tank”
DISCOVER what is in the 8mile Wild and Scenic Committee’s “creepy crawly explore tank”.
LEARN about local mammals with a master wildlife conservationist.
CREATE a Nature Art project with a local artist.
PLAY games.
FUN! Refreshments!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is sponsored by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust with support from the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Committee.

Park at the First Congregational Church of Lyme.

photo by Tammy Marselli, Photo contest winner 2016


Kid’s Nature Day at the Land Trust’s 50th Anniversary Exhibit. Join us for fun hands-on activities for children!

TOUCH live coastal creatures in Mystic Aquarium’s traveling “salt water touch tank”
DISCOVER what is in the 8mile Wild and Scenic Committee’s “creepy crawly explore tank”.
LEARN about local mammals with a master wildlife conservationist.
CREATE a Nature Art project with a local artist.
PLAY games.
FUN! Refreshments!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is sponsored by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust with support from the Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Committee.

Park at the First Congregational Church of Lyme.

photo by Tammy Marselli, Photo contest winner 2016


Volunteer Work Party- Change of venue to Brockway Hawthorne

Date: Thu June 29, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 11:30 pm
Place: Park on Brush Hill Road about 1/4 mile south of the Hadlyme Country Store.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

Please join us on Thursday, June 29 from 9:30-12:30 to help prepare the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve for public access. Volunteers from Dominion Power  will be building bridges. WE will need help carrying lumber in for the bridges and there are still trails to blaze and clear. Bring along your heavy-duty gloves and light-weight pruners and/or loppers.

Rain cancels.

Park on Brush Hill Road about 1/4 mile south of the Hadlyme Country Store.


Please join us on Thursday, June 29 from 9:30-12:30 to help prepare the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve for public access. Volunteers from Dominion Power  will be building bridges. WE will need help carrying lumber in for the bridges and there are still trails to blaze and clear. Bring along your heavy-duty gloves and light-weight pruners and/or loppers.

Rain cancels.

Park on Brush Hill Road about 1/4 mile south of the Hadlyme Country Store.


50th Anniversary Celebration

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Date: Sat June 24, 2017
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Place: Grassy Hill Road Preserve
Contact Email: rsvp@lymelandtrust.org
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Come celebrate 50 years with us at the beautiful Grassy Hill Preserve! 

We will serve a Four Mile River Farm BBQ buffet with beer from Thirty Mile Brewery, wine, and other refreshments.

Plywood Cowboy will entertain us with americana music, plus giveaways and a free raffle!

Free for members. Nonmembers can make a donation of $25 (per family) and attend for free.

Rain or Shine. Severe weather cancels.
Please RSVP. rsvp@lymelandtrust.org


Come celebrate 50 years with us at the beautiful Grassy Hill Preserve! 

We will serve a Four Mile River Farm BBQ buffet with beer from Thirty Mile Brewery, wine, and other refreshments.

Plywood Cowboy will entertain us with americana music, plus giveaways and a free raffle!

Free for members. Nonmembers can make a donation of $25 (per family) and attend for free.

Rain or Shine. Severe weather cancels.
Please RSVP. rsvp@lymelandtrust.org


Trailblazer Walk- Young Preserve and Walbridge Woodlands

Date: Tue June 20, 2017
Time: 9:30- 11:30 am
Place: Meet at Parking Lot for Young Preserve.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.
On Tuesday, June 20, at 9:30 am join us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. This week’s hike will explore the Young Preserve and Walbridge Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme.We will walk through stands of Mountain Laurel which should be in full bloom.  The hike is about 2.5 miles long. We will meet at the entrance to the Young Preserve on Gungy Road. Park by the sign. Everyone is welcome.
Rain Cancels.
Directions: Rte 156 N to right on Beaver Brook Road; about 1 mile to left on Gungy Road at 4-way stop; about 0.5 mile to park entrance on the right.
Wendolyn Hill, Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator
480 Hamburg Road
Lyme, CT 06371
860 434-7733 (Town Hall)
860 434-2961

On Tuesday, June 20, at 9:30 am join us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. This week’s hike will explore the Young Preserve and Walbridge Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme.We will walk through stands of Mountain Laurel which should be in full bloom.  The hike is about 2.5 miles long. We will meet at the entrance to the Young Preserve on Gungy Road. Park by the sign. Everyone is welcome.
Rain Cancels.
Directions: Rte 156 N to right on Beaver Brook Road; about 1 mile to left on Gungy Road at 4-way stop; about 0.5 mile to park entrance on the right.
Wendolyn Hill, Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator
480 Hamburg Road
Lyme, CT 06371
860 434-7733 (Town Hall)
860 434-2961

Trailblazer Walk- Slawson Preserve-The Bunny Habitat Restoration Project

Date: Tue June 13, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:30am
Place: 435 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme, CT.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

Join us for a walk at the Lyme Land Trust’s Slawson nature preserve and neighboring properties to view the bunny habitat restoration project.  We are repeating the June 3rd CT Trails Day hike route in case you missed the walk or if you want to see it again. Mark LaCasse, Master Wildlife Conservationist and professional land manager of one of the abutting private lands will join us to explain the ongoing cooperative project of the Land Trust and neighboring properties. They are in the process of improving the land in stages for the benefit of the threatened New England cottontail rabbit and more than 50 species of greatest conservation need. The habitat that has been created so far has attracted an incredible diversity of wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars.

Rain cancels

Parking is available at 435 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme, CT. Follow the dirt driveway to the parking area. We have permission to park at the end of this long private driveway for this special event only. No dogs please.


Join us for a walk at the Lyme Land Trust’s Slawson nature preserve and neighboring properties to view the bunny habitat restoration project.  We are repeating the June 3rd CT Trails Day hike route in case you missed the walk or if you want to see it again. Mark LaCasse, Master Wildlife Conservationist and professional land manager of one of the abutting private lands will join us to explain the ongoing cooperative project of the Land Trust and neighboring properties. They are in the process of improving the land in stages for the benefit of the threatened New England cottontail rabbit and more than 50 species of greatest conservation need. The habitat that has been created so far has attracted an incredible diversity of wildlife and plants. Bring your binoculars.

Rain cancels

Parking is available at 435 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme, CT. Follow the dirt driveway to the parking area. We have permission to park at the end of this long private driveway for this special event only. No dogs please.


Work Party at new Brockway Hawthorne Preserve

Date: Mon June 5, 2017 thru Tue June 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Place: Park on Brush Hill Road about 1/4 mile south of the Hadlyme Country Store.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

Please join us on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6 from 9:30-11:30 to help blaze trails and mark the boundaries to prepare the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve for public access. Bring along a hammer and your heavy-duty gloves and light-weight pruners and/or loppers.

Rain cancels.

Park on Brush Hill Road about 1/4 mile south of the Hadlyme Country Store.


Please join us on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6 from 9:30-11:30 to help blaze trails and mark the boundaries to prepare the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve for public access. Bring along a hammer and your heavy-duty gloves and light-weight pruners and/or loppers.

Rain cancels.

Park on Brush Hill Road about 1/4 mile south of the Hadlyme Country Store.


CT Trails Day Walk

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Photo by Carly & Art
Date: Sat June 3, 2017
Time: 10am -12pm
Place: Slawson Preserve Parking at 435 Hamburg Road, (Rte 156). Lyme CT.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
!!! seems it only displays well the 2nd time? ugh.

Join us for a walk at the Lyme Land Trust’€™s Slawson nature preserve with Lisa Wahle, the €œBunny Lady, a biologist who works on young forest habitat restoration, and Mark LaCasse, Master Wildlife Conservationist and professional land manager of one of the abutting private lands, and Emery Gluck, who manages habitat restoration at Nehantic State Forest as part of CT DEEP Division of Forestry. We will see the on-going process to improve the land for the benefit of the threatened New England cottontail rabbit and more than 50 species of greatest conservation need including prairie warbler, ruffed grouse, indigo bunting, American woodcock, wood turtle, and blue spotted salamander. Interested residents can find more information about bunnies here.

Parking is available at 435 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme, CT. Follow the dirt driveway to the parking area. We have permission to park at the end of this long private driveway for this special event only. No dogs please.

Reservations Appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org


Join us for a walk at the Lyme Land Trust’€™s Slawson nature preserve with Lisa Wahle, the €œBunny Lady, a biologist who works on young forest habitat restoration, and Mark LaCasse, Master Wildlife Conservationist and professional land manager of one of the abutting private lands, and Emery Gluck, who manages habitat restoration at Nehantic State Forest as part of CT DEEP Division of Forestry. We will see the on-going process to improve the land for the benefit of the threatened New England cottontail rabbit and more than 50 species of greatest conservation need including prairie warbler, ruffed grouse, indigo bunting, American woodcock, wood turtle, and blue spotted salamander. Interested residents can find more information about bunnies here.

Parking is available at 435 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme, CT. Follow the dirt driveway to the parking area. We have permission to park at the end of this long private driveway for this special event only. No dogs please.

Reservations Appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org