Donate to the Candlewood Valley Regional Land TrustOUR LAND. OUR HOME.

The Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust (CVRLT) has one goal—protecting natural areas in the Candlewood Valley area for today and for future generations.


CVRLT protects 478 acres of unspoiled open space. You can take a hike or walk on our trails, splash in the ponds adjacent to several properties, watch birds, catch frogs, take nature photos, or simply relax.


To help keep people connected to the land, CVRLT offers frequent guided hikes, and talks, on our properties and on trails throughout the Candlewood Valley.


Nature is our home and our sanctuary. Please help us protect it.


2023 Loving Our Lands Photo Contest Has Begun!

Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust’s 2023 Photography Contest is underway. Enter now through Sunday, August 27th! Vote through Friday evening, September 1st. Check out the Photo Contest


Sounds of Summer Nights August 15, 2023 by Jaclyn Gartner Go out on a warm, humid summer night, and you’ll hear the sounds of nature coming from the treetops, bushes, and grasses. Curiosity can be satisfied by simply stopping, relaxing,… Read more
Loving our Lands: Summer Photo Contest Fundraiser July 19, 2023 by Jaclyn Gartner CVRLT’s second annual “Loving our Lands” summer photo contest is officially LIVE!  From now until August 20th, we’re inviting nature-loving photographers to submit photos for the following categories: Animal Kingdom : Found… Read more
The History of Candlewood Lake July 6, 2023 by Jaclyn Gartner Once referred to as “one of the most beautiful lakes in the world” (Klark K. Kitchen, New York Sun, 1929), many of us do not realize the rich history that… Read more