Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

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Preserves & Sanctuaries

Flanders Places: Preserves and Sanctuaries

Sanctuary and Preserves

  • Flanders holds in trust more than 2,100 acres of open space in Woodbury, Bethlehem, Southbury and Middlebury, CT.
  • Holdings include seven nature preserves and sanctuaries
  • Stewards more than 40 open space properties, managing and monitoring the properties to preserve their natural beauty and care for the system through astute land-use practices
  •  Organization plays active role with municipal regulatory committees and regional and state organizations
    to identify opportunities for preserving more land in future

Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary

  • Original location of Van Vleck Farm at corner of Flanders and Church Hill Roads, Woodbury
  • Serves as nature sanctuary and teaching campus of Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, which hosts educational programs for children, adults and school groups
  • Buildings include a farmhouse, studio, trail house, sugar house and barns
  • Landscape includes stone walls, fields, meadows, forests, wetlands, marshes, streams and ponds
  • Network of well-marked and maintained hiking trails.
  • Click HERE for map

Whittemore Sanctuary

  • 686 acres located off Route 64 in Woodbury
  • 8-mile trail system open to the public
  • Ecological habitats include woodlands, streams, ponds, a large bog and abutting lake.
  • Click HERE for map

Manville Kettle

  •  6.5 acres off Jackson Avenue in Woodbury, near town center
  • Known as a “kettle” because of geological depression formed during Ice Age
  •  Landscape includes open field, mixed trees and a swamp
  • Click HERE for map

Hetzel Refuge

  • 54 acres located in Middlebury, CT, bordered by Middlebury Land Trust property, accessed from Breakneck Hill Road
  • Refuge includes woodlands, hay fields, conifer plantations, swamps and man-made ponds
  • Excellent trail system
  • Click HERE for map

Fredrick W. Marzahl Memorial Refuge

  • Located to east and west of Route 132 in Woodbury
  • Encompasses stream, waterfall, forestland and semi-open fields
  • Click HERE for map

Leavenworth Preserve

  • 126 acres adjacent to a residential development in Woodbury
  • Wildlife habitat with low-impact trail system
  • Located across from Pilgrim Trail and Plumb Brook cul-de-sac
  • Click HERE for map

Fleming Preserve

  •  28.5 acres, fronting on Cowles Road in Woodbury
  • Site of Flanders’ historic Sap House overlook and Sugar Bush
  • Landscape is forests, meadows, trails, apple orchard, stone walls and an overlook
  • Click HERE for map