Connecticut

The Preserve in Old Saybrook, CT.Photo credit: Mim Adkins Photography

The Trust for Public Land is protecting the places that make Connecticut a great place to live, work, and play. Whether protecting the state's last coastal forest or redesigning an urban park, we're working to ensure the promise of livable communities for generations to come.

Local offices

101 Whitney Avenue, 2nd Floor | New Haven, Connecticut  06510
Phone: (203) 777-7367 | Email Address: connecticut@tpl.org

Connecticut projects

Highlighted Projects:

The Preserve, Connecticut

Residents of Connecticut treasure this 1,000-acre coastal forest as a place to connect with nature close to home. But despite its name, the land still faced the threat of development.

Coogan Farm,CT

Stonington’s historic Coogan Farm is the largest parcel of undeveloped land between Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, where the country meets the coast.

Photo of Johnson Oak Park

For over 500 years, a lone white oak grew in the heart of the East End of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Over a hundred feet tall and nearly 30 feet around, it gained fame as "Connecticut's oldest living resident." It was a place of pride for the East End, and a place where people congregated.

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Photo of people riding bikes on a boardwalk of a beach

Bridgeport, Connecticut is home to 24 miles of waterfront, featuring an impressive coastline and rivers that wind up into its neighborhoods. Currently, around 70% of this land is inaccessible to the public. Working with the City of Bridgeport and local stakeholders, The Trust for Public Land is envisioning a new pathway that will skirt the city’s rivers and shorelines.

Connecticut Coastlines

Projects in this program ensure that future generations will have access to and enjoy this unique natural resource.

Connecticut River, Massachusetts

The 410-mile Connecticut River is New England's largest river, draining a 7.2 million-acre watershed that supports fisheries, farmlands, forests, and fresh water in four states: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Coogan Farm,CT

Stonington’s historic Coogan Farm is the largest parcel of undeveloped land between Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, where the country meets the coast.

Darrow Pond, CT

The 301 acres around Darrow Pond, a scenic mix of forest, trails, and open fields, are the site of three wells that supply the nearby town of East Lyme.

Hiking in Ethel Walker Woods, Simsbury, Connecticut

For more than five years, The Trust for Public Land worked with the community to safeguard this  lush mosaic of forest, fields, and wetlands in Simsbury.

Ferris Farm, Connecticut

In November 2007, TPL permanently protected this historic farm, whose pastures, cornfields, and prominent rock outcroppings have contributed to the community's character for well over a century.

Griswold Airport, Connecticut

In May 2010, The Trust for Public Land and partners helped the town of Madison protect this unique coastal site and important natural area rather than proceed with a 127-unit residential development.

Halfway River, Connecticut

TPL helped the town of Newton protect twelve acres of land, including 1,200 feet of frontage along the Halfway River provide space for low-impact recreation and valuable access to one of the state's best wild brown trout fisheries.

Photo of Johnson Oak Park

For over 500 years, a lone white oak grew in the heart of the East End of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Over a hundred feet tall and nearly 30 feet around, it gained fame as "Connecticut's oldest living resident." It was a place of pride for the East End, and a place where people congregated.

Jones Mountain, Connecticut

In 2006, TPL conveyed this 157-acre property, owned by the Jones Family for five generations, to the Town of New Hartford for permanent protection.

Skiff Mountain, Connecticut

Responding to the growing threat of development in the scenic Litchfield Hills, TPL partnered with the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) to create a Greenprint, which will help the communities in this area plan for the future.

Birding at Long Beach, Connecticut

The Trust for Public Land and our partners worked for over two years removing abandoned structures, hazardous materials, and trash from the longest stretch of barrier beach in Connecticut.

Photo of Millbrook Green

Less than a half mile from Windsor, Connecticut's vibrant town center sits 95 acres of rolling meadows, shrub wetlands, and over 3,700 feet of the Mill Brook. Miles of trails wind through the park, offering a valuable open space amenity in one of the mostly densely settled parts of Windsor. In addition to ample parking and convenient access, Mill Brook Open Space puts more than 1,200 residents within a 10-minute-walk to the property and its array of passive recreational opportunities.

Mystic River Boathouse Park, CT

With its picturesque coastline, historic village centers, and rural farms, Stonington, Connecticut, is emblematic of New England living. But much of the town's scenic waterfront, particularly along the upper Mystic River, is privately owned and off-limits to the public.

Photo of a basketball court

Dubbed "the Park City," Bridgeport, Connecticut, is looking to live up to its name. In 2012, the city completed a parks master plan, outlining park, open space, and green infrastructure goals. We are working with the City of Bridgeport towards the goal of having every resident live within a 10-minute walk of a quality park

Philips Farm, New Hartford, CT

The Trust for Public Land helped permanently protect this New Hartford farmland in early 2009 by securing a conservation easement on the 59-acre property.

Phillips Farm, Connecticut

An agricultural enclave in the southwest corner of Connecticut, the village of Southbury, and the surrounding countryside were author and columnist Gladys Taber's writerly muses. Stillmeadow, Taber’s beloved farm, was the "main character" in her popular column and later in more than 50 books set...

Photo of a kid with a yellow shirt and binoculars at Silvermine Fowler Preserve

The Trust for Public Land and the New Canaan Land Trust have an immediate opportunity to protect the six-acre New Canaan property of Jim and Betsey Fowler - the place they called home for more than 30 years.

Skiff Mountain, Connecticut

In recent years, the rural Housatonic River valley has been threatened
by development. One top priority for local conservationists
has been forested Skiff Mountain, in the towns of Sharon and Kent.

Summer Hill, Connecticut.

The Trust for Public Land is working with the Madison Land Conservation Trust (MLCT) to conserve 77 acres of open space in North Madison.

Taine Mountain

The Trust for Public Land is working with the town and the Burlington Land Trust to help protect this land on Taine Mountain for recreational access, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

The Preserve, Connecticut

Residents of Connecticut treasure this 1,000-acre coastal forest as a place to connect with nature close to home. But despite its name, the land still faced the threat of development.

Water Works Brook, Connecticut

The largest remaining open space in Windsor Locks, Water Works Brook is a 198-acres forested parcel with pristine water resources and an extensive trail system for hiking, cross-country skiing, and wildlife viewing.

Weir farm National Historic Site, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Through nearly two dozen transactions, The Trust for Public Land reassembled the original farm property, worked with the Weir Farm Trust and the state to permanently protect it.

Wilkus Farm, Connecticut

Century-old Wilkus Farm is one of the last large open spaces in the Hartford suburb of Wethersfield. Many residents have fond childhood memories of playing at Wilkus Farm, a site emblematic of the town's agricultural history. Preserving Wilkus Farm, locals say, keeps the "field" in "Wethersfield."

Ferris Farm, Connecticut

The Trust for Public Land helps municipalities and other local partners conserve farmland under pressure or directly threatened with development.