Summer Marsh

As witnessed on OLLT's Swallow Cruise, at least 250,000 tree swallows gather in the sky before roosting in Goose Island at sunset.

New President:

At its 50th Anniversary Annual meeting, the membership elected Pamela Hine as President. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Rob Evans, steward for Hatchetts Hill Preserve.


Past scholarship winners:

Isabel Ritrovato 2015
Isabel Ritrovato 2014
Georgia Male 2013
Jill Hautaniemi 2011
Kevin Reidemeister 2010
Liia Koiv-Haus 2009
Emily Kearney 2008
Lee Richter 2007
Elizabeth Nyberg 2006

Calendar of Events

Friday, March 11 6-7:30 pm

10th Annual Land Trust Photo Contest Reception. Old Lyme Senior Center.

Click Here to see our winners!

Sunday, April 3 3-5:00 pm

50th Old Lyme Land Trust Annual Meeting. Speaker is Glenn Dreyer, Charles and Sarah P. Becker '27 Director of the Arboretum and Adjunct Associate Professor of Botany at Connecticut College. Old Lyme Senior Center.

Saturday, April 9 9:30-11 am

OLLT and Town of Old Lyme Joint Seminar on Protecting your Land. Old Lyme Town Hall.

Saturday, April 16 1:30-3 pm

Kids and Adults: Learn about Vernal Pools with Ed Pawlak. OLLT is co-sponsoring this workshop with with Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. OLLT Watch Rock Preserve. Raindate: Saturday April 23.

Saturday, June 4 1:30-3 pm

National Trails Day hike at John Lohmann CT River Preserve led by Pam Hine, Instructor at Connecticut College. Meet at Old Lyme Shopping Center.

Saturday, July 30  

Old Lyme Midsummer Festival at Florence Griswold Museum. Please visit our booth!

September TBD  

3d Annual Old Lyme Kayak Regatta. Stay posted for details.

Saturday, September 24  

Swallow Cruise. We will again sponsor our popular evening cruise on the Connecticut River to see the tree swallows roost in Goose Island.


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2017 Land Trust Photo Contest

The 2017 Land Trusts Photo Contest is here. Sponsored by Land Trusts in Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, East Haddam and Salem cash prizes will be awarded to winners of each category: Landscapes/Waterscapes, Plants, Wildlife, Cultural/Historic, and Youth (ages 14 and below any category).
Click Here to view Land Trusts Photo Contest Rules 2017


CT Bat Survival Program

The Connecticut DEP needs you to help monitor bats this summer. Learn about DEP's CT Bat Survival Program and how you can play a role in protecting these important members of our local ecosystem by clicking Here.


Sunday Trail Work Parties

The Trust holds monthly volunteer work parties to maintain the trails in our preserves and manage invasive plants. These are held on the third Sunday of the month at 1 PM. Wear boots, long pants and some type of glasses and bring heavy gloves. Bring tools if you can: e.g. small clippers, hand saw (for cutting tree limbs), loppers.

Contact us if you are interested in participating.

The Kinsley Twining Scholarship 2016

Old Lyme Land Trust is pleased to be able to provide scholarship support to college students who are graduates of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School and who are pursuing college degrees in environmental science, environmental studies, ecology, conservation biology, or related areas. The Trust will provide one $1,000 scholarship per year for a qualified student on a competitive basis. Students interested in the scholarship should complete the application form available below. All application materials for 2016 must be submitted no later than March 15, 2016. The award for 2015 will be announced by April 20, 2015.

Download the Kinsley Twining Scholarship Application Form (PDF) Here.



Once a year the Trust publishes a newsletter full of information about our properties and activities and the natural world. Contact us if you wish to supply content or help out.

To view the latest and past issues of Tributaries Click Here or click the image to the left.