What We Do

With the mission statement as a guide, the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park focuses its efforts in three areas: conservation, environmental education, and outdoor recreation.

Protect and Conserve Significant Lands

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The area's sandy soils support wild blue lupine, the Karner blue butterfly's host plant. Photo credit: Kate Marcos

Working with our partners who own the land that comprises the Preserve & Park, we support the protection and conservation of lands of ecological and recreational value.

Maintain and Recover Imperiled Wildlife Species
Wildlife populations whose long-term survival is threatened are at the heart of science-based habitat restoration and management activities.  As habitat for the endangered Karner blue butterfly is restored, other at-risk species like the state-threatened frosted elfin butterfly and Blanding’s turtle also benefit.  All of these species depend on the area’s sandy soils, the early successional habitat, and/or the low wetland areas.  The habitat restoration and management work that is carried out by our partners for the Karner blue butterfly benefits all of these species.  Our staff and volunteers assist in these management efforts.

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Free public programs are scheduled year-round. Photo credit: Sarah Clarkin

Educate the General Public, Children, Groups

Programs and guided interpretive walks are offered throughout the year.  Education focuses on the local environment and is designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the natural environment.  There are programs for the young and the young at heart.  The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park believes that environmental education will benefit future generations.

Offer and Sponsor Recreational Opportunities
The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is paradise for those who enjoy muscle-powered outdoor activities.  With thousands of acres and almost 20 miles of maintained trails, there are many ways to experience and enjoy the forest, field, savannah, and wetland systems.

Summer Fun – Nature Arts and Pond Exploration!

Open Pond Hours at Delegan Pond Thursdays July 6, 13, [...]

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