What We Do

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

We Support Conservation of Significant Lands in the Saratoga Sandplains


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 their efforts to protect and conserve lands of ecological and recreational value.

We Support Conservation of Imperiled Wildlife Species

Wildlife populations whose long-term survival is threatened are at the heart of the science-based habitat restoration and management activities that take place in the Saratoga Sandplains.   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

We Provide Year-Round Environmental Education Programs for the Public, Schools, and Other Groups

Nature Walks, Wellness Walks, Nature Arts, Pond Exploration, and more are offered to the public throughout the year.  An expansive menu of science curriculum-based programs that focus on the local environment are offered to school and other groups both on and off-site.  These programs are designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the natural environment.

We Provide Year-Round Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is paradise for those who enjoy muscle-powered outdoor activities.  With thousands of acres and 20 miles of maintained trails, there are many ways to experience and enjoy the forest, field, and wetland systems. Volunteers help to maintain the trails and during the winter months, trails at Camp Saratoga North are groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.