Our Mission, Vision and Values

The Essex Land Trust acquires, preserves and manages its open space to protect the environment and small-town character of the villages of Centerbrook, Essex, and Ivoryton for current and future generations and to provide our community with recreational and educational opportunities through strategic acquisitions and responsible stewardship of properties with significant environmental value. 


Our vision is to provide the Essex community with a network of permanently protected preserves that provides ample opportunities for our residents of all ages to enjoy the beauty of nature while protecting our waterways and supporting healthy wildlife habitats.


The Essex Land Trust pursues its mission with an emphasis on connecting the community and the environment to support the wide variety of interests and diversity of the people of Essex. We value the commitment of our volunteers, the historic heritage of our properties and partnerships with our community, organizations and landowners. We act ethically with transparency, integrity, and respect based on the highest professional standards and in a fiscally responsible way.



The Essex Land Trust is now accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance


 New & Notable

Noteworthy items of interest regarding the Essex Land Trust’s properties, events and initiatives, including copies of the member’s newsletter, Woods & Waters.



 ELT Fact Sheet

For a thumbnail summary of the Essex Land Trust, download this PDF Fact Sheet.



 Giving to ELT

Explore the different ways in which to give to the Essex Land Trust by downloading the Giving to the ELT PDF.



 How Does ELT Acquire Land?

Donating land for conservation is one of the finest legacies a person can leave for future generations. This PDF explains some of the ways ELT can acquire land.