East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve photo Gary Hock
East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve photo Melissa Cherniske
Summer Hay Harvest on Kent's Southern Gateway
East Kent Hamlet Nature Preserve photo Mark Simmons
Country Road in the Tobin Preserve photo Melissa Cherniske
Housatonic River near Bulls Bridge
Welcome to Kent and our Land Trust!
The Kent Land Trust serves our community by protecting Northwest CT's nature and beauty
through direct ownership of land, conservation easements on privately-owned land,
and assistance to residents practicing sustainable land management.
A nationally-recognized leader, in 2010 KLT became the second land trust in CT to be accredited
by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. With the help of many dedicated community members, we welcome the public year-round to free hikes and educational programs, Kent's Community Garden, and the treasured Marble Valley Farm.
We hope you will explore Kent's trails and open preserves, enjoy the local foods that carry on our agricultural heritage,
and connect to the unique natural aspects that make this place so special!
Become a Member Today!
KLT's operations are primarily funded by the annual contributions of its members. If you haven't already renewed your membership please consider a donation - every gift is meaningful and supports our work maintaining Kent's trails and protecting nature throughout Kent and in partnership with colleagues in nearby communities.
We are so grateful for your support!
Our Preserves and Hiking Trails are OPEN
A great way to exercise and find peaceful serenity in the fresh air and sunshine!
We do not maintain winter access at any of our preserve parking lots.
We have closed the parking lot and driveway at East Kent Hamlet Nature preserve until further notice. Please note that at this time the preserve is OPEN. In an effort to protect habitat quality of the West Aspetuck River, we avoid sanding and salting.
Please use caution while parking and hiking.
We recommend ice creepers and walking sticks for stability and traction.
Each summer, the Kent Land Trust offers a paid college internship honoring Kelly Alisha Tobin. This conservation-focused program fosters personal and professional growth through hands-on experiences not typically available in an academic setting. KLT has been fortunate to work with interns whose work has had a meaningful impact, both on their own growth and on KLT’s mission. Several of KLT’s interns have gone on to further study and work in the conservation field.
Looking for something to do this summer?
Join us for an internship!
Local Food, Delicious and Healthy for You and the Planet
We proudly host Marble Valley Farm on Route 7.
Come visit the farm stand and enjoy wonderful produce grown right where you can see it,
nestled in a lee of the Housatonic River and backed by the Appalachian Trail ridgeline.
In 2021, in response to the distressing increase in food insecurity in our region, KLT and Marble Valley Farm partnered to bring shares of fresh-picked produce each week to families served by Kent's Food Bank.
This year we will be expanding our initiative--Please consider supporting this effort!