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and Wildlife
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Whether you’re on a hike or bike ride, or looking out your living room windows or buying locally-grown food, the rural character of Bloomfield is one of the major reasons we live here. We’re preserving that. It is our mission to preserve, improve, protect, and conserve our natural resources in and around our community.

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The Stewardship Program is the eyes and ears of the Land Trust.  Stewards are aware of the conditions of the particular land preserve they are supervising and are a positive neighborhood representative. Become a Steward and take responsibility for watching over a land trust property, or become a Neighborhood Helper to assist a Steward.

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Our Projects

LaSalette Trail

This two-town east-west trail is the most ambitious trail-building project. This…

 

Speer Preserve

The Speer Preserve is rich with diversity. Hikers will be treated to an upland hardwood forest strewn with…

 

Lisa Lane Farm

One block from Cottage Grove Road in Bloomfield’s most densely populated neighborhood sits Lisa Lane Farm with 10 acres…

 

Hawk Hill Farm

It took five grants to acquire this 45-acre farm (23 acres of prime soils) and then $54,000…

 

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Winter Social & Hike

Date: February 2, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hawk Hill Farm, 22 Duncaster Road, Bloomfield

It’s time for a party with muffins, hot drinks, and (hopefully) snow at Hawk Hill Farm (map for directions).

Members and guests are invited to an informal Winter Social at Hawk Hill Farm. From 3:00 to 5:00 pm the Beanery Bistro will serve delicious muffins, hot chocolates, and coffees in the barn. Fire pits outside the barn will keep away the chill. We’ll have lawn chairs, or bring your favorite. Dress is stay-warm casual! Current members are free, and guests are $5 at the door (additional donations welcome).

Beginning at 2:00 pm an optional hike will start from the barn – and return in time for warm drinks and muffins with the others! Join us for up to 1.5 miles up Hawk Hill to Bloomfield’s LaSalette Park’s pond, woods, and view of Hartford.

We’re celebrating winter … and will be happy to tell you about the progress restoring the barn, keeping the farm in active use, and connecting trails in Land Trust and Town properties.

RSVPs appreciated. To help us plan, tell us you’re coming with an email.

WLT Board Meeting

Date: February 13, 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: 200 Seabury Dr, Bloomfield

Snowshoe and/or Hike

Date: February 23, 2019

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Speer Preserve, Bloomfield

Please come with good outdoor snow shoes or hiking boots if no snow is present. Wear seasonable outdoor clothing. The trail is an easy to moderate outing, one and a half to two hours in length.

Details

Meet at the cul-de-sac at the top of Juniper Road in Bloomfield on Saturday, February 23rd at 9:30 am. Rain date is Sunday the 24th at 9:30 am. Check our Website and Facebook for postings or cancellation.

WLT Board Meeting

Date: March 13, 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: 200 Seabury Dr, Bloomfield

WLT Board Meeting

Date: April 10, 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: 200 Seabury Dr, Bloomfield

WLT Wine & Dine

Date: April 27, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Begin at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, SAVE THE DATE and watch for more info to follow!

The Wintonbury Land Trust cordially invites you for a night of toasts, good cheer and gourmet delights at our fourth annual Wine & Dine dinner and fundraiser:

  • “Meet and Greet” your neighbors and community at the picturesque Wintonbury Hills Golf Course for tasty appetizers, a glass of wine and friendly conversation.
  • Then join other guests for a home-cooked dinner in an intimate group setting at one of our many hosts’ homes.
  • Good food, special wines, meet interesting people in the community. Old fashion communication. It’s time to Eat Well, and Do Good.
  • Dress code is “informal chic”.
Make Your Reservation

Tickets are $85 as a member or $95 as a nonmember (become a member and save $10). For this you get a reception with appetizers, a sumptuous meal with wine in a private home, and are doing something good for your community …helping the Wintonbury Land Trust protect our natural resources, farmlands, and wildlife corridors. It’s a win-win for everybody! Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis:

Supporting the Community

Wine & Dine is Wintonbury Land Trust’s major annual fundraising event, contributing over $19,000 to our funds in the past three years! Last year’s event enabled our 501(c)3, all-volunteer nonprofit to:

  • Advance the mission of Hawk Hill Farm – Ongoing partnership with multi-year lease with HighlandArt Farm and their Community Supported Agriculture program. Support member gatherings such as the Fall Social & Hike at the farm.
  • Conduct Educational Outreach Events – “Bears in Connecticut” presentation at our annual meeting. Earth Day co-sponsorship and Trails Day nature hikes. Work with the Town of Bloomfield to promote the community gardens at Lisa Lane Farm.
  • Fund Annual Operations and Build Reserves – Insurance, supplies, create a new website, stewardship, postage, property title searches, property surveys, and land appraisals. Strengthen our financial reserves so that we have monies available for major projects and future acquisitions.

Please join us in protecting our community’s natural resources, farmlands, and wildlife corridors:

  • Become one of the event’s leading sponsors.
  • Voice your support in the event program.

WLT Board Meeting

Date: May 8, 2019

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: 200 Seabury Dr, Bloomfield

National Trail Days

Start date: June 1, 2019

End date: June 2, 2019

Location: More Details to Follow on WLT hikes and locations

National Trails Day

National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June recognizes all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature. National Trails Day encourages people to discover their local trials, become active concerning trail issues and share their excitement for the outdoors.

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