Welcome to the Old Saybrook Land Trust
Old Saybrook, with its wealth of natural resources, is a beautiful place to live and to visit. The estuary of the Connecticut River has been both nationally and internationally recognized for its ecological significance, provides habitat for a number of rare and endangered species and is an important stopover for migrating waterfowl, as well as a critical spawning area for fish. Rich tidal wetlands fringe the town’s southern boundary along Long Island Sound, with two tidal river systems providing additional significant habitat. No less important are the forested uplands of the town, a complex of rocky outcrops interspersed with rich inland wetland habitat.
The Old Saybrook Land Trust is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization. Our mission is to preserve open space and protect the town's valuable natural resources for the benefit of the general public.
OSLT Upcoming Events
Annual OSLT Paddle
Join us on 9/17 and explore our very own Dunk Island. We are planning to paddle, do some stewardship and enjoy a true gem of Old Saybrook.
We will launch at 11:00am returning around 1:00pm. Call Barbara at 860-388-0085 for launching and parking details.
Tree Swallow Cruise - Friday September 30th 4:00 pm, Departure on the vessel ADVENTURE (Dock #3) at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT
This cruise will benefit the Saybrook Land Trust Scholarship that is awarded anuually.
Connecticut River Expeditions are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 13 years they have brought individuals and groups to a special spot on the Connecticut River where 100's of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. They gather at sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation! Over the years Captain Mark has found the best way to maneuver RiverQuest to allow perfect views from her open decks on the bow and stern. Her flexible seating ensures everyone gets optimal "up close and personal" viewing.
Enjoy the entire evening!
We will spend about 4 hours on the water. There is so much to see while cruising along the river. Many birds are migrating through the area now; last year we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets. Our on board Naturalist(s), will educate you on the swallow phenomenon and all the other wildlife we see. On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night.
OSLT will provide snacks and you can bring your favorite "beverage" to enjoy on this special cruise. Don't forget your camera and binoculars (or borrow a pair of our binocs)! This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing. Mark, Mindy and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!
Cost is $45pp. Due to the length of this cruise, NO ONE UNDER 12, please.
Suellen Kozey McCuin Fund
At the request of Suellen Kozey McCuin's husband, Scott McCuin, the OSLT established a fund in her name to use for future conservation projects. Donations may be made online using the button at the bottom of this page. Pictured at left are members of Suellen's family and some of her close friends. The group hiked together in The Preserve to honor Suellen's life on what would have been her 50th birthday. Suellen passed away after a brief illness on August 21, 2015. She was a loving wife, mother and key force in the effort to preserve the 1,000 acre forest for more than 16 years, never wavering in her belief that this land would some day be permanently protected.
2016 OSLT Scholarship Awarded
Kelley Slimon and OSLT President, Mike Urban
Letterboxing at Great Cedars West! Girl Scout Toop 62128 refurbished and improved the trail for their Silver Award project. See the updated clues to 10 boxes.