Moonlight Hike! - Feb 24, 2024

Saturday Feb 24, 2024, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

(snow/rain date Feb 25)

Join us for this popular event! Follow an illuminated Breezy Hill Farm Trail through the woods to a horse barn, where you'll warm up by a bonfire and enjoy chili, beverages, and treats.

Senior Stroll! Dec 19, 2023

Tuesday Dec. 19, 2023, 1 pm. Mary Conklin Sanctuary Trails

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a professional benchwarmer, whether you are a senior or not, please join us for a few hours to enjoy the great outdoors, swap stories and learn a little about the geological history of the area.

Chi Hike. Nov 19, 2023

Response to this hike has been so great that we've added another at 10:30 am!

Sunday Nov 19, 2023, 10:30 am and 1 pm

The Land Trust invites you to a unique hike on the Swan Preserve Trails! It will feature short stops for breathwork and stretches to increase our "chi" (energy) and lung capacity, fortify our immune system, and take in the season of late autumn.

Plant Ecology Hike. Nov 4, 2023

Saturday Nov 4, 2023, 1 pm

Join us for a plant ecology hike on Saturday November 4 at 1:00 PM on the Swan Preserve Trails. Fred Swan, a recognized botanist who has studied in numerous countries and taught botany for twenty years, will lead the hike.

Invasive and Native Plant ID - Oct 8

Sunday October 8, 2023, 10 am

Come join us on a sidewalk stroll to see the fall colors and compare the native and invasives plants along the way

The Land Trust Invites You Out For Pizza! Oct 10, 2023

Tuesday Oct 10, 2023, 5-9 pm

Dine in or take out! Either way, from 5 - 9 pm on Tuesday Oct 10, American Flatbread in the Shops at Farmington Valley will donate a share of all pizza sales to the Canton Land Conservation Trust

Photography Lesson, Plus Hike. Oct 17, 2023

Tuesday Oct 17, 2023, 1 pm

Join us for a hike on the Mary Conklin trail, with a twist: a photography lesson! Luke Furtney of Luke Wayne Photography will teach how to get the most out of our cameras, explain settings, and give general tips on composition, lighting, shutter speed, etc.

Canton Land Trust Challenge 2023

Now through the end of 2023!

The Canton Land Trust encourages you to take the 2023 Land Trust Challenge, a series of ten hikes, whose total distance is just under 26 miles.

Fall Bird-Watching Hike Sep 24, 2023

Sunday Sep 24, 2023, 8 am


Join us for this leisurely two-hour, two-mile bird-watching hike at our Mary Conklin Sanctuary Trails, jointly offered with the Hartford Audubon Society and led by Land Trust Secretary Sarah Faulkner.

Hikes in the Works June July

Hikes in the Works:

  • Botany Hike (date TBD): Join the Connecticut Botanical Society for a slow walk and plant ID at Pratt Preserve
  • Senior Walk (date TBD): at the Collinsville Pollen Trail. Less than a mile.
  • Clipper Hike (date TBD): ID and snip invasive plants along our trail.

Keep checking our website for updates and details as they become available!

Pollinator Pathway Tours - June 24

Saturday, June 24, 10-1 pm

Postponed to Sunday June 25, 10-1 pm

Karen Berger and Holly Hambleton invite you to walk the section of the rail trail between Dyer Ave. and Maple Ave. Come see our “knotweed to native” transformation. Other Master Gardeners and Master Gardener Interns we will be on hand to answer questions.


National Trails Weekend! June 3-4

Birds, Hikes, Picnic!

Choose your adventures on National Trails Weekend, June 3-4, with the Land Trust

  • June 3 (Sat), 9-11 am: Family Bird Walk with Sarah Faulkner at Elizabeth Park, Hartford
  • June 4 (Sun) 1 pm: Hike with Nate Cantwell and Sarah Faulkner. at Pratt Preserve
  • June 4 (Sun) 1 pm: Woolly adelgid hike with Carole Cheah of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station at Pratt Preserve
  • June 4 (Sun) 4 pm: Annual Picnic and Meeting at Pratt Cabin in Pratt Preserve

Kid-Friendly Exploration of Vernal Pools

Sunday May 14, 2023, 1:00 pm

Join hike leader Tom Noonan in a kid-friendly exploration to see what life is emerging in these seasonal pools on the Canton Land Trust's Uplands Preserve.

Spring Bird Hike Sunday May 7

Sunday May 7, 2023, 7:00 am

Look for migrating songbirds on this hike, led by Canton Land Trust Director and Roaring Brook Nature Center Director Jay Kaplan.

Moonlight Hike - Mar 4, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Saturday Mar 4, 2023, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

(snow/rain date Mar 5)

Follow an illuminated Breezy Hill Farm Trail through the woods to a horse barn, where you'll warm up by a bonfire and enjoy chili, beverages, and treats.

Sweetheart Mountain Hike - Feb 18, 10:00 am

February 18, 2023

Land Trust Director Stephen Shaw will lead this hike as a follow-up to his January talk on winter hiking gear and tips. You don't need to have attended that talk in order to join the hike! However, it's recommended that you watch it beforehand on YouTube.

Winter Hiking Gear Lecture on YouTube

January 15, 2023

Click on the link below to watch Stephen Shaw's Jan 15 Winter Hiking Gear lecture on YouTube:

Stephen provided excellent tips and recommendations to optimize your winter hiking experience. The lecture covered the following topics:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • What to carry in your backpack
  • Food and Water
  • Weather awareness
  • Preparing for your hike

Don't forget to join Stephen for a winter hike on February 18! The hike will begin at 10:00 AM at the Sweetheart Mountain trailhead. (Directions: Turn left at 84-98 Dunne Ave. into the unpaved parking lot).

Winter Hiking Gear - Zoom Lecture

January 15, 2023

Link to Online Winter Hiking Gear Talk with Stephen Shaw - Sunday Jan 15, 7:00 PM
Meeting ID: 990 837 7695

The talk also will be recorded and posted on the CLCT YouTube Site sometime after Jan 15.

The Canton Land Conservation Trust is pleased to present an evening with Land Trust Director Stephen Shaw, who will offer tips and tricks about what to wear – and what not to wear – when hiking in winter. The online talk is Jan. 15, and participants will meet in-person Feb. 18 to put their gear to the test while hiking the Sweetheart Mountain trails.


The 2022 Canton Land Trust Challenge

Complete by the end of this year!

The Canton Land Conservation Trust encourages you to take the Canton Land Trust Challenge, a series of nine hikes whose total distance is just over 23 miles.

Waquaheag Trail Hike Report

October 23, 2022

Land Trust Directors Nate Cantwell and Bob Evenski led a hike of the new Waquaheag Trail on Sunday, Oct. 23. Attended by 15 people, all were treated to an informative hike on our newest CLCT trail.

Hike Our Newest Trail!

October 23, 2022

Join this hike with a history lesson! Introducing the Waquaheag Trail.

1 pm • Pratt Preserve

Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser - Thank You!

October 18, 2022

Thank You to American Flatbread in the Shops at Farmington Valley and all who participated in our pizza fundraiser!

Join Us for Pizza!

October 18, 2022

A portion of all pizza sales go to the Land Trust.

5 to 9 pm • American Flatbread

Bird and Nature Walk - Report

September 25, 2022

Sarah Faulkner led a 2-hour leisurely hike for both the Canton Land Trust and the Hartford Audubon Society on September 25th at the Mary Conklin Preserve.  Attended by 14 people, all were treated to a sunny, cool and beautiful Sunday morning.

Bird and Nature Walk!

September 25, 2022

Join us for a leisurely walk looking at birds and other living things.

8 to 10 am • Mary Conklin Preserve

Canton Land Conservation Trust 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thank You!!!

Our 50th anniversary celebration was a huge success at Ski Sundown. Many thanks to the volunteers, members and businesses who contributed to the success of the night.

Canton Land Conservation Trust Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

September 10, 2022

We are officially 50 years old!!!

On Sat. Sept. 10, the Canton Land Conservation Trust celebrated 50 years of service to the community. Over 100 members attended the celebration at Ski Sundown.

Summer Photo Contest Winners!

September 10, 2022

2022 Summer Photo Contest Results Are In!

Photos were pre-judged in late August and 13 finalists were on display for the 50th Anniversary Celebration Party on Sept. 10, where “Best in Show” photos were selected by the attendees in a “teacup vote”.

Canton Land Conservation Trust 50th Anniversary Celebration!

September 10, 2022

RSVP deadline extended to FRIDAY SEPT. 2, 2022

5:30 to 10:30 pm • Ski Sundown

Summer Photo Contest!

Entry Deadline: August 10, 2022

The entry deadline has passed. Thank you for your submissions.

The Land Trust turns 50 this year!
As part of the celebration, all are invited to submit photos taken on Land Trust property. Attendees of the anniversary party Sept. 10 (details coming soon) will select the winners. Winners will receive prizes. The entry deadline is Aug. 10.

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