Welcome to NE Connecticut’s largest land trust!

Winter brings new character to the Joshua’s Trust forests and properties. It’s when the sounds of the outdoors become muted by snow, the streams flow below a layer of ice, and the view from the trail expands through the trees. The tracks we make on our walks in the woods interlace with those of the deer.

The Allanach-Wolf Woodlands in Windham.

The Allanach-Wolf Woodlands in Windham.

Bundle up and get out there! Don’t miss this special time that so epitomizes life in New England. Many of our properties have well-marked and tended trails intended to encourage families to get out into the fresh air and up close to the natural environment. Through the generosity of many donors and volunteers, the Trust has protected more than 4,000 acres in 14 Connecticut towns, so there are plenty of places to explore.

Look on this site or on our Facebook page for specific events like the tree-identification walk with biologist Bryan Connelly being planned for February – a time when few of them have any leaves. Some Trust activities – like our upcoming youth photography event or our scavenger hunts for kids – are designed specifically to heighten a youngster’s appreciation and enjoyment of the natural world.

Even if you don’t get outside much yourself but appreciate the value and beauty of conserving open space, thanks for being here! We’re doing everything it takes to protect these lands and always looking for more environmentally or historically important land we can buy or have donated. As a fully accredited land trust, we follow the best practices in conservation. We need you, too — and future generations need you – to help in this process. If we don’t protect our beautiful and historic places now, they’ll be lost forever.

You can explore this site for information on making a tax-deductible donation or about specific properties where you can walk with your dog, bird watch, snowshoe or cross-country ski.


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  • Newly painted Atwood House shines Jan 26, 2017 -- Thanks to a matching grant from the 1772 Foundation a new coat of paint is making the Atwood House, our Trust headquarters, shine. Lead in the oldest layers of paint required ... Read more...
  • Young photographers, get clickin’ for our photo show! Jan 5, 2017 -- Young photographers, here’s a chance to share and celebrate your love of photography and the great outdoors! Joshua’s Trust will host a kids’ photo show this winter, offering children all over eastern ... Read more...
  • Passport perserverance Dec 3, 2016 -- Rose and Norman Baker of Ashford know how to stick it out. Here they are receiving their Joshua’s Trust back packs for completing this season’s Passport Series. Rose attended 20 JT ... Read more...
  • Fifty years down, plenty more to go Dec 2, 2016 -- Our year-long 50th anniversary celebration closed fittingly Oct. 15 when more than 100 members and friends gathered to talk, eat and recognize Joshua’s Trust’s accomplishments as the largest land conservation ... Read more...

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