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!
Show your support for our seasonal initiative--
Display a NO MOW MAY yard sign
The No Mow May initiative encourages people to refrain from mowing in order to help bees and other pollinators by allowing wildflowers to grow.
If you would like a sign, please make a $25 donation, include your contact information and email address, and we'll let you know when your sign is ready to pick up, likely in the second week of April.
(We'll send a confirmation email within a few days as well.)
Quantities limited--first come, first served.
Alison grew up in Kent and is currently pursuing her PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies & Mathematics from Williams College. A former intern in conservation and community outreach at the Kent Land Trust, Alison additionally developed her love for the natural world through work with the Central Park Conservancy and Camp Brookwoods & Deer Run.
We love the way Alison's writing resonates with our wonder and strong sense of place while connecting this inner, personal knowledge to science within Kent and far beyond. We're excited to showcase Alison's writings as a regular feature this year.
Read our most recent eNewsletter!
We're looking for summer interns...
Each summer, the Kent Land Trust offers a paid college internship honoring Kelly Alisha Tobin. We've 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.
The Summer 2023 Kelly Alisha Tobin Internship will run for 8-10 weeks, 35 hours per week, from approximately mid-May through early August. Pay is $15 per hour.
If you have an idea for a project that will fit our mission and advance your professional development, pitch it to us! Some possible project topics include: Pollinator pathways, Equity in public access, or Land conservation and affordable housing.
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!
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!