The Old Lyme Conservation Trust


What we do

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Walks and talks

Property maintenance


Research and documentation


What you can do

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Landowner info



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About Us

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The Board

Mission Statement



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Old Lyme Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 163
Old Lyme, CT 06371


What we do

The Old Lyme Conservation Trust, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that works to preserve open space in Old Lyme for the benefit of current and future generations. 

The Trust seeks to secure permanent habitat for wildlife and provide the public with expanded opportunities for hiking, bird watching, cross country skiing, and other forms of passive recreational activity. The Trust also seeks to preserve the scenic beauty and rural character of Old Lyme.


The Trust works to acquire land in Old Lyme though direct donation or purchase with the intention of keeping it in its natural state in perpetuity. In some cases, the Trust will accept or purchase an easement on a property in order to limit development and, again, retain the property in its natural state.

Depending on their individual tax situation, donors of land or easements may be able to realize a savings on their federal income taxes. Donors are encouraged to consult with their accountant or attorney to determine eligibility. Please also see our Landowners section for more information.

The Trust is currently looking at properties in Old Lyme to determine where it would be advantageous to acquire additional land in order to create green ways. One example of a high priority area is the Three Mile River area.


Through its newsletter and other activities, the Trust works to raise public awareness of Old Lymeís unique and threatened natural resources. Each year, several newsletters are mailed to all town residents describing the Trustís activities and other items of interest related to conservation and open space in Old Lyme. 

Walks and talks

The Trust offers at least two or three guided nature hikes on its properties each year, as well as one or more talks on a topic of interest. All walks and talks are open to the general public. 

Our annual meeting always has a speaker. In 2003, the speaker was Judy Preston from the Tidewater Institute.

All walks and talks are announced in the Events section on this web page and usually in local papers as well.

Stewardship and Property maintenance

Volunteers help the Trust to monitor the properties and keep the trails blazed.  Crews are also organized to help post signs and keep the preserves clear of garbage and invasive plants. 

Since help is always needed, new volunteers are always welcome! 


Each year, the Trust offers a scholarship to a college student who is a resident of the Town of Old Lyme. Please see the Scholarship section for further information.  

Research and documentation

Finally, the Trust supports efforts to carry out ecological research on its preserves, including plant and animal surveys.

Please see our library section for articles written by our board members.

Other organizations also takes interest in the flora and fauna of Old Lyme. For example, a member of the New England Wildflower Association will be looking for an endangered plant (Bolboschoenus) in the Mile Creek Marsh in September.


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Family membership is $50/year
Individual membership is $25/year
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