Our Sanctuaries

Whenever possible, the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut (ELCCT) strives to protect additional property that serves to preserve the integrity of our existing properties or enhance the natural character of Bristol and Burlington.

Starting with its first 40-acre property in 1969, ELCCT’s landholdings now consist of over 750 acres.  In addition to The Indian Rock Nature Preserve, and the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center, ELCCT’s sanctuaries include The Ernest and Ruth Hart Nature Preserve in Burlington, The Shepard Nature Preserve in Bristol, The Shangri-La Nature Preserve in Bristol, South Mountain Preserve in Bristol, Fox Hollow Preserve in Bristol, Sunny Dale in Bristol, Hurley Hill in Bristol, Lishman Property in Bristol, George Minor Preserve on the border of Bristol and Burlington and Toffolon in Southington.

These properties would not be possible without the generous support and foresight of property owners, individuals and foundations.  Much more can be done.  If you are interested in protecting open space through a donation, conservation easement or bargain sale, please contact Executive Director, Scott Heth to learn more about the process and potential tax incentives.