In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

~John Muir

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Bulkeley Hill Preserve Grand Opening on National Trails Day 

Because we are not supposed to congregate in groups, because we must maintain social distance, because we care about each other, CLT had not planned many events for 2021. Our first first event will be held on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 5th at 10:00am.  All are welcome to a ribbon cutting ceremony at our Bulkeley Hill Preserve which will be followed by tours of the property.  The tours, in partnership with the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association in celebration of National Trails Day, can accommodate a maximum of 15 participants and require advance registration at CFPA's website to ensure an adequate number of tour leaders.  If you are interested, please be sure to register here.

2021 Events & Hikes:

Major adjustments have been made to our plans. Our very popular Salmon River  Run is on October 3.  Of course, our activities have adapted to the realities we encountered. We appreciate your understanding of the situation.


First and foremost: stay healthy, follow the guidelines, don't panic! Get outside and enjoy all the bounties of the season!

Past Outings:

Over the past several years, CLT hikes have promoted the beauty and diversity of Colchester's natural resources: parks, trails, farms, ponds, swamps, even cemeteries! We have an abundance of interesting sites in our small town. Hundreds of folks have taken advantage of CLT's monthly Discover Colchester Hikes to get acquainted with this natural bounty. Often, participants expressed that they had no idea there were such wonderful resources so close to home. From casual hikes along the Airline Trail to informative walks with local and regional experts, these hikes highlight the importance of our natural surroundings. We've learned to appreciate the symbiotic relationship of people and wildlife. Flora and fauna that may go unnoticed have a real effect on our well-being. Micro-organisms living underfoot and all around us are important to the maintenance of the entire ecosystem. In a real sense, we all are one.


Remember, the Colchester Land Trust is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that works to permanently protect open space in Colchester. Protecting land takes time and requires funding. Protecting open space is more important than ever, as the world changes around us.