History

In 1982, a dedicated and visionary group founded Connecticut's first urban land trust to preserve open land in New Haven and give city residents an opportunity to learn about the environment. The volunteer-led organization soon acquired ecologically significant parcels that became nature preserves. Early on, the group also saw potential in vacant neighborhood lots, which would eventually provide a home for the community gardening program. 

Today, the New Haven Land Trust continues to honor the vision of the founders. The organization owns six nature preserves comprising approximately 80 acres and manages nearly 50 community gardens throughout the city. As we look to the future, we expand upon the founders’ vision with new opportunities for cultivation and stewardship. Our supporters, volunteers and staff continue to make a difference in our community.