Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is the largest land trust in Connecticut and the 18th largest land trust in the United States by the number of lands we conserve. Since our founding in 1965, Weantinoge has been dedicated to preserving and protecting the natural environment and the region’s working farmland, while also providing children and families with enriching opportunities to learn about and experience the natural world. We permanently protect more than 10,000 acres in 17 communities. Our properties include wildlife sanctuaries, 28 working farms, and 12 nature preserves open to the public with more than 15 miles hiking trails.
Weantinoge’s Board of Directors prioritizes strategic regional acquisitions and science-based land preservation and management. Weantinoge works with local communities and conservation partners to identify threatened and ecologically valuable properties for permanent protection and to promote strategic regional conservation goals that extend beyond town boundaries. Once acquired, Weantinoge applies the highest stewardship standards and practices to ensure the lands’ natural character is forever safeguarded.
As a leader in regional conservation, Weantinoge has received the state’s highest land trust award for land preservation, was recognized by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council for its leadership role and collaborative land conservation efforts, and was awarded a 2013 EPA Environmental Merit Award for its outstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the natural environment. In addition to its conservation work, each year Weantinoge provides free environmental education and outreach programs to more than 300 children and families.
Together the board and staff at Weantinoge work toward a future in which all of the communities in Connecticut benefit from the permanent protection of the state’s clean air, land, and water. Through continued land acquisition, science-based stewardship, and the achievement of the highest standards and practices in the field, the Trust aims to assist communities in permanently protecting their most critical natural areas forever.