Mission: Flanders nature center & land trust acquires, preserves and manages land; and uses the land to promote the understanding and appreciation of nature, art and the environment.
Programs: Education: in 2014, flanders nature center & land trust continued to enhance its year-round science based curriculum classes and educational workshops, including its popular summer programs for children. Over 400 children participated in weekday, weekend and school vacation programs, while over 6,000 school age students were visited either in their schools or out on field trips to the van vleck farm & nature sanctuary. On site, they learned about important new england traditions, such as raising farm animals and making maple syrup as well as discovering the wonders of the natural world through interpretive visits to flanders ponds, woods, meadows, farm and studio. On other fronts, flanders continued to offer a wonderful variety of adult/family offerings, around the themes of art, farming and nature.
land stewardship: flanders serves as the steward of 50 plus open space properties, totaling more than 2,200 acres, in woodbury and surrounding towns. We carefully manage the land to retain its ecological habitats and ensure that the open space is enhanced for future generations to enjoy. In its role as steward, flanders manages and monitors the properties it acquires while preserving their natural beauty and caring for the eco-system as a whole. These open spaces provide the community wonderful places for quiet contemplation and low impact recreation including a number of terrific hiking preserves. In short, flanders oversees the health of its open spaces and nature preserves, so that the woodlands, wetlands and trails remain open for everyone to appreciate and respect, use and enjoy.
land acquisition: through its land trust activities, flanders works to retain the rural character, ecological integrity and quality of life in the pomperaug river valley region and surrounding areas. Taking a strategic approach to land conservation, flanders protects important natural resources and has continuously added to its land trust holdings since acquiring its first parcel in 1973. Part of flanders strategy for acquiring open space includes using these natural assets to educate and broaden the communities awareness about the importance and value of protecting and stewarding open space. Total lands held in trust (fee simple and conservation easements) totals more than 2,200 acres.
Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about
Flanders has never failed to impress me with the variety of activities it offers for all ages, and the dedication of its staff and its army of volunteers. I admire the combined mission of preserving open space and teaching neighbors of all ages how to enjoy and protect that land. This is truly an organization that has to work hard for current funding, but continues to be successful because its supporters recognize that Flanders will improve the world for future generations.