The Westerly Land Trust conserves 1,700 acres of land that provides valuable wildlife habitats and over 25 miles of hiking trails for public recreation.
Visit www.westerlylandtrust.org to find our properties list, map, trail maps and events calendar. Our mission is to conserve and preserve Westerly's open spaces and special places and to enhance community resources. The Trust's programs and activities are directed to the protection and enhancement of the environment and water resources as well as the preservation of our community's "sense of place."
Operating as usual
🌳Did you know that trees not only provide us oxygen, but also clean the air? Or how about that they can communicate with each other through underground fungal networks!!!
🌳Trees are so important to our life and well-being, and it is our job to help them thrive.
🌳Join Dr. Deirdre O’Connor tomorrow (4/30) as she leads a Forest Bathing experience at Wahaneeta Preserve and take in the many benefits that trees have to offer.
🐝 Learn about our springtime pollinators with Dr. Rachael Bonoan of Providence College’s Pollinator Lab. Gain some identification skills as we explore Barlow Nature Preserve for queen bumblebees searching for nesting sites. May 1 @ 12-2pm
To register click here: https://westerlylandtrust.org/event/providence-pollinator-lab-bumblebee-walk/
WLT recognizes the importance of focusing on mental and physical health, so we created a new program called Wellness in the Woods that combines elements of yoga, meditation and mindfulness in natural settings. Please visit our website westerlylandtrust.org/events-calendar for more information about upcoming events such as:
Forest Bathing: April 30, May 5 & June 5
BarreCoast Yoga at Winnapaug Farm Preserve: May 21, June 21 & July 23
Bonding with nature: Westerly Land Trust starts program that touts benefits of being outside WESTERLY — It was a few days before Earth Day, and Lauren Barber, the conservation programs manager for the Westerly Land Trust, was walking through Riverwood Preserve — 148 acres
Celebrate the Earth with your family and friends by getting outside on Westerly Land Trust trails and participating in an Earth Day scavenger hunt. Explore at your own pace, send photos of your adventures to Lauren Barber at [email protected] and/or tag us on social media for a chance to be featured and inspire others to explore!
Looking for a new trail to explore? Check out our trails APP (link in bio).
🎉 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝗬𝗼𝘂 for making 2022’s 401Gives a big success for the Westerly Land Trust! Your support on Rhode Island’s Statewide Day of Giving amounted to a whopping $12,070!! We are humbled by the generosity of our community and the whole state: 12,796 donors raised over $3 million from for 507 Rhode Island philanthropies. Now that’s something to sing about!
📸: Jim Burke at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park
𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘆! 401Gives is Rhode Island’s Statewide Day of Giving sponsored by United Way of Rhode Island. We were up and at ‘em before 6am and have been glued to the ticker boards ever since. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Westerly Land Trust so far. We are blown away by your generosity! If you haven’t made a gift yet, there’s still time. You have until 6am on Saturday, April 2nd, and can do so at www.401gives.org/organizations/westerly-land-trust
Not just today, but every day, your gifts to the Westerly Land Trust go straight to work to provide outdoor, enriching educational programming for our community’s youth, to connect people with locally produced and sustainably sourced food, and to conserve open space for the enduring benefit of our community. Thank you for signaling your partnership in these endeavors.
📸: Kathy Fallows at Avondale Farm Preserve
𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗢𝗪 𝗶𝘀 𝟰𝟬𝟭𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀, Rhode Island’s Statewide Day of Giving, and you have THREE opportunities to double your gift!
⏰ 6am: $25,000 Match from Rhode Island Foundation
⏰ 12pm: $25,000 Match from Rhode Island Foundation
⏰4:01pm: $20,000 Match from Papitto Opportunity Connection
To participate and give a gift, please go to WLT’s 401Gives profile at https://www.401gives.org/organizations/westerly-land-trust. Please note, maximum match per donor per nonprofit is $500.
Thank you in advance for participating in this fun virtual event. Like all your gifts to the Westerly Land Trust, the 401Gives fundraiser goes straight to work to support our local land conservation efforts, youth environmental education, sustainable agriculture, and programming for the enduring benefit of our community. And thanks to Rhode Island Foundation and Papitto Opportunity Connection for their generous matching pledges.
@401Gives @liveunitedri @rifoundation @pocfoundation.ri
🎧 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙀𝙥𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙙𝙚! WLT goes “earth-to-table” with wild food forager Keith M. Cowley in the newest episode of our podcast 𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗱. Tune in to hear our conversation about ethical foraging, invasive species, and the lifetime of lessons waiting for us in the woods.
You can learn more about Keith by following Ethical Forager or visiting his website EthicalForager.org. He can also be found at his Living Sharks Museum in downtown Westerly, RI. Many thanks to Keith sharing his stories and foraging tips and for taking care to steward this planet in a responsible way.
In May of 2021, we were fortunate enough to have Dr. Zoe Hanley of Defenders of Wildlife join us at Barlow Nature Preserve for a lecture and discussion of nonlethal wildlife coexistence strategies in Washington state. Please enjoy this short documentary featuring Dr. Hanley and the work she does to protect wolves. Thank you for sharing, Zoe!
In Real Life: Living With Wolves Wolves are returning to the American West a century after they were nearly eradicated. But can they co-exist on a landscape now reshaped by humans?
🍀It’s a busy weekend at WLT Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today with a Lucky Leprechaun Hike at Riverwood Preserve 🍀
🌸 On Sunday we are welcoming Spring with a Spring Equinox: Yoga Hike at Grills Preserve. 🌸
To sign up click the link in our bio.
🌲🎉The Westerly Land Trust is excited to announce the acquisition of the 𝗖𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲, 21.47 acres on the Pawcatuck River in the Potter Hill area of Westerly.
Protection of this land was made possible through the generous support of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation, the Bafflin Foundation, the Champlin Foundation, and the Horace A. and S. Ella Kimball Foundation, in addition to the thoughtful consideration of the Cottrell Family Real Estate Trust. The Land Trust is grateful to the Cottrell family for their foresight in conserving this land.
The Cottrell Family Preserve is a valuable ecological asset featuring hardwood forest, freshwater wetlands, vernal pools, and riverfront. With access to water, cover, edge habitat and food sources, the property supports a wide array of wildlife. In line with the Westerly Land Trust's mission and Rhode Island's state guide plan, preserving parcels like the Cottrell Family Preserve will fortify a natural flood plain and protect the Pawcatuck River’s water quality, both important amidst climate change's imminent threats.
🌱Looking for 🙌🏼-on outdoor after-school, enrichment? Join the Westerly Land Trust for round 2 of 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐋𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬! Follow the link in our bio for more information and to register. Questions: [email protected] or 401-315-2610
All sessions are 3:45PM-5:15PM.
𝐃𝐮𝐧𝐧’𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥
K-2: March 30 -FULL
3-4: March 31
𝙎𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙀𝙡𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡
K-2nd Grade: April 6
Grades 3-4: April 7
𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥
K-2nd Grade: April 13
Grades 3-4: April 14
Free of charge thanks to funding provided through a partnership with SRCID and WPS.
Happy National Day of Unplugging 🔌!! Give your electronics a rest and get outside to enjoy some fresh air!
🎧 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗽𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗱𝗲! Marc and Erika take the show on the road to the Watch Hill Conservancy in today’s episode of Voices of the Land, the Westerly Land Trust podcast. BIG thank you to Executive Director Jocelyn Lahey and Napatree Point Conservation Manager Daniel Cole for their time and hospitality, as well as the important conservation and preservation work they do in Watch Hill. We look forward to many more opportunities for our two like-minded organizations to work together.
To listen, follow the link in our bio or search Westerly Land Trust in your favorite podcast app.
📸: Napatree Point
@thewatchhillconservancy Napatree Point Conservation Area
Warmer days are right around the corner, and with them comes our local Farmers Market 👩🌾! We are rolling out a new day and time 📢. Market will be held on Wednesday’s from 3-6 in downtown Westerly. Come by after the beach or on your way home from work and support local!
If you are joining us from westerlyfarmersmarket page, you are in the right spot! We hope to see you soon!
WLT’s Coffee and Clearing Club (CCC) indulged in a bit of winter fun this morning, snowshoeing all over Barlow Nature Preserve and RIDEM’s Aguntaug swamp. Some folks even answered the call of the snow angel, proving that snow really does bring out the kid in us! How have you enjoyed nature this winter?
❄️Snow on the farms❄️
Barlow Nature Preserve featuring @echo_rock_flowers @frontierfarmri and @vitanovacompost
LIVE EELS-FRESH AND FROZEN BAIT-CLAMMING AND FISHING LICENCES-ROD AND REEL REPAIR-LINE WINDER-ICE-CLAM RAKES-CUSTOM LURES
Affordable Fishing is 1/2 day Fishing trips out of Westerly RI. $400. for 4 people. $500.00 for 6 people. Bring Lunch with you and enjoy your day with Captain Roger Hall. No Fish No Pay!!!
Join WW Studio @ Central Baptist Church Of Westerly and be inspired by people like you who are losing weight and creating healthier, happier lives. Visit WW.com for the latest info.
Motorcycle / Snowmobile/ Watercraft and small Engine Repairs, Custom Fabrication / Paint, Parts & Accessories
Whether you crave your RI fishing charter inshore for striped bass, bluefish or fluke around the always productive Watch Hill Reef, or you prefer to head offshore for the excitement of catching shark and tuna, the Fish Trap is docked in Westerly, RI.
The Westerly Track & Athletic Club (WTAC) was established in 1975 and is a IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Lotteryville Marina is the oldest family owned and run in the US. Located in the Avondale part of Westerly near Watch Hill. We can dock up from 20ft to 60Ft boats at a $110 a foot.
Outdoor Fun!!! Locally Hand-made Custom Co****le Boards
Municipal recreation department, highlighting programs and facilities.
Avondale Boat Yard is family owned and operated, We are a full service Boat Yard with experienced technicians. We are a dealer for Yanmar Diesel engines, We have 96 slips, 3 moorings, Indoor and outdoor winter storage, and a fuel dock with pumpout