Upcoming Events

Deep River Land Trust Trail Tuesdays

Beginning Tuesday July 6th the Deep River Land Trust will be hosting a summer season series of hands on trail construction events. The events this year will be focused on the construction of a trail system on the DRLT Rattling Valley Ridge Preserve. This system will connect to the DRLT’s Florence Bidwell Sanctuary and Evelyn and Hawthorn Smythe Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy’s Pratt Cove Preserve.

Projects will include; trail corridor clearing, tread construction, stone work and blazing. We’ll begin with trail corridor clearing. The DRLT has a limited number of basic tools that we can supply, but if you have your own please bring them. Tools needed are pruning shears, loppers, pruning saws and mattocks. Instruction and supervision will be provided.

Please come prepared to work in the woods and brush for up to two hours. Items to wear/bring are; closed toe shoes, long pants, your favorite bug spray, work gloves, water and a positive attitude. Optional things to bring are long sleeved shirts, bug nets, hats and snacks.

Events will begin promptly on Tuesday evenings at 6pm at the River Road parking area adjacent to the TNC Pratt Cove boat launch. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian and everyone must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The event will begin with a safety brief and an explanation of work to be accomplished. Steady rain, Thunderstorms or winds above 20mph will cancel. If in doubt contact DRLT Chief Trail Steward Rob Butterworth at 860-526-3210.

We look forward to seeing you!

Annual Meeting Friday, June 18, 2021, 5:00 pm

Christine is a writer specializing in environmental history and personal adventure narrative. She is also the editor of Appalachia journal. She has lived in Deep River since 1992 and now calls it her home landscape. Her article “My Secret Ledge” is from Estuary Magazine, March 24, 2021. On June 18 th she will talk about that essay and what led up to it, and why people have to name natural places — what that says about us, a little bit. She will talk about the difference between telling people where we’ve gone in the woods and keeping our destination secret.
“ When I go there now, two or three times every week, I walk to the end of one road and trudge up a broken old woods road into the state forest. I step over ruts, where puddles linger long and narrow in dirt bike tracks. All around, rock ledges left from the last glacial retreat rise up. Boulders are my favorite aspect of Connecticut. They have sat there for about 25,000 years. They seem to wait for that time when the rounds of storms and temperature will heave them up again….
That’s where I am in spring 2021. My ledge has helped me change. Daily I think about happy and beautiful things, cling to routine, do work I love, feel thankful for health, work, money, food, family, and friends. We are handling it. But when it comes time to get outside, I go most often to the quiet places and especially that big rock.”

Hike & Hang out @ High Nine

Hang Out! Join us on Sunday, May 23 at High Nine from 3-6 pm. We will offer maps of our properties, answer any questions you may have about what we do, where to take hikes, how to volunteer and more.

Hike! with us to our Union Street Preserve followed by hanging out at High Nine.You can bring snacks to enjoy at the brewery. The walk will begin from the Deep River Library Parking lot on Village Street meet there at 2:45 so we can start the walk to our Union Street Preserve right at 3. The hike is relatively easy and about 0.4 mile round trip. Bring water, bug spray, face mask and wear suitable footwear. Rain or shine.”

Come and explore with us!


  • April 24th Earth Day Clean Up of Pratt Cove
  • May 8th Welcome Back Songbirds and Warblers at Lyons

 THE DEEP RIVER LAND TRUST cordially invites you to a

                      Bird Walk focused on Warblers and other spring migrants

After wintering far to the South, many warblers, vireos, kinglets and other songbirds can be observed in our local area during the month of May. We will explore the avian life on both the Deep River Land Trust’s George C Lyon Preserve and the adjoining Essex Land Trust’s Woodja Hill Preserve.

Join expert birder John Cunningham, as we walk a moderately easy ½  mile trail that takes us through a variety of habitats including, an old field, a cedar grove, red maple – swamp and upland oak forests, where we will listen and search for both migrant and resident species. Based on their colorful plumage and active behavior, Roger Tory Peterson “coined” the wood warblers as the butterflies of the North American bird world.  We will focus especially on listening and looking for these small but uniquely beautiful birds.

WHEN?  Saturday, May 8, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  

WHERE?  Meet at the Woodja Hill Preserve Parking Area off Oxbow Lane (Essex) – Left Turn off Oxbow Lane near the end of the lane. 

Oxbow Lane (runs West to East) intersects Meadow Woods Road (runs North to South). a Meadow Woods connects River Road (Deep River) and Book Hill Road (Essex).  There is limited parking so if possible, please carpool.

 WHAT TO BRING: Masks (required), Binoculars and Bird Guides helpful (a limited number of each will be available), and appropriate footwear for walking over uneven and wet terrain is recommended


                                                    THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

If possible, please RSVP by contacting John Cunningham by email jandrewcunningham@gmail.com or by texting at 860 575 2588


  • Educational Walk and Talk Hosted By Board Members


  • Educational Walk and Talk Hosted By Board Members



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