Wintonbury

The Wintonbury Land Trust was founded in 1982 and continues a proud tradition of grass roots leadership in the effort to protect and conserve land and natural resources in its community.  The mission of the Land Trust is to promote the preservation, improvement, protection, and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of the community.  The Wintonbury Land Trust’s major goals are:  the protection of natural resources, especially soil and water quality and woodland health; the conservation of farms and undeveloped land, e.g. woodlands, wetlands, wildlife corridors, in Bloomfield and surrounding areas; the conservation of appropriate urban landscapes with respect to the community’s built environment;  and the connectivity with other community features (Greenways, wildlife corridors, trails, parks, and adjacent lands).

The vision of the Wintonbury Land Trust incorporates the following elements:  to increase protected land in area served; connect people with nature; increase visibility & influence of the Trust within the community; provide tighter stewardship and management of the lands under the Trust’s protection, leading to greater community benefit & use of those lands; and to increase communication at all levels – including the Trust’s Board, membership, and the general community – which fosters greater participation in all land trust activities.

The Wintonbury Land Trust is tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that holds over 200 acres principally in the Town of Bloomfield, as well as Windsor, West Hartford and Simsbury, Connecticut.  Our 17 distinct properties range in size from less than 1 acre up to 46 acres.   Visit our blog for property reports.

Events

  • CT Trails Day: Speer Preserve – Saturday, June 2, 2018

    Join us from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm for a hike exploring the Wintonbury Land Trust’s Speer Preserve, MDC public watershed lands, and part of Talcott Mountain State Park. Start at the Wintonbury Land Trust’s Speer Preserve at the end of Juniper Road in Bloomfield. After exploring that property, we’ll do a scenic ‘figure 8’ at the Talcott Mountain Reservoir, including a portion of the New England Trail. Along the way we’ll visit Reservoir 6. Total Distance: Approximately 3 miles, rated moderate. Leashed dogs permitted. Free. Rain date: Sunday, June 3. Registration not required, but we appreciate you telling us you’re  Read More…

  • CT Trails Day: Look for Bobolinks – Saturday, June 2, 2018

    From 1:30 to 2:30 pm, join us for an easy nature walk at Auerfarm State Park Scenic Reserve in Bloomfield. Meet at the parking area at the intersection of Auer Farm Road & Cider Hill Road. (Auer Farm Road is off Simsbury Road/Route 185.) We’ll climb to the high orchard to experience great views of the surrounding hills. Then we’ll descend to the farm fields, hopefully viewing Bobolinks, a grassland nesting bird of special concern in Connecticut. Total distance approximately 1.0 mile. Dogs not permitted. This event is participating in the CT DEEP 2018 Great Park Pursuit challenge. Rain cancels.  Read More…

  • CT Trails Day: Explore Seabury Wildwoods – Sunday, June 3, 2018

    From 1:30 to 3:00 pm, join us to explore Seabury’s Wildwoods in Bloomfield. Meet at the visitor parking at the rear of Seabury Active Life Plan Community. We will hike out to the Wildwoods and explore several of the trails along different terrain. We should see interesting birds and flowers. Total distance approximately 2.0 easy miles. Rain cancels. Leashed dogs permitted. Free. Registration not required, but we appreciate you telling us you’re coming on Facebook. Co-sponsored by the Seabury Trails Committee. For more information on this and other Connecticut Trails Day events across the state, go to #CTTrailsDay

  • Bear Presentation at Annual Meeting – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Join us at the 4-H Education Center at picturesque Auerfarm in Bloomfield for the Wintonbury Land Trust’s annual meeting, refreshments, and a presentation by Felicia Ortner. Land Trust members and the public are welcome to attend either or both parts of this evening: There will be a short business meeting at 6:00 pm followed by light refreshments at 7:00 pm. Board members will review the Land Trust’s work over the past year and goals for the next year, and elections will be held. “The Bear Reality” presentation will begin promptly at 7:30 pm. We encourage you to arrive early enough to  Read More…

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