The aim of the Nature Initiative is to draw people into Grace Farms’ beautiful 80-acre preserve, allowing them to experience the awe and wonder of nature. By providing exploratory opportunities, visitors are encouraged to connect with the outdoors and embrace stewardship of the natural environment.
Grace Farms was designed to contribute to the public’s quality of life by providing a peaceful respite that inspires the exploration of wilderness, wildlife, and open space. Grace Farms Foundation has retained the property’s beauty as a rare piece of Fairfield County landscape and approximately 77 of the 80 acres at Grace Farms are protected in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds. Our stewardship of open land expands outside of Grace Farms in the form of partnerships, volunteer efforts, and thought leadership. Efforts this year have included helping to maintain Connecticut waterways, releasing rehabilitated birds, and writing about the importance of protecting wild lands.
Nature Initiative programming emphasizes multigenerational engagement, encouraging the public to discover the wonders of the natural world through experiential, educational programs. During all seasons, we host experts and guides who present native wildlife (e.g., hawks, owls, falcons and reptiles), teach wilderness survival skills, and guide walks for our guests. Grace Farms has also become a recognized birding enclave, hosting more than 50 species of birds on-site.
The Nature Initiative is committed to restoring endangered species and other wildlife at a local and international level, implementing solutions to protect them from overexploitation. As part of an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Justice Initiative, we seek to build a coalition of individuals, NGOs, and law enforcement experts that can play a vital role in the fight against wildlife trafficking.
On April 21, 2018 Grace Farms held its annual Earth Day celebration, with programs centered around celebrating the biodiversity of nature.
Grace Farms 2017 Earth Day celebration, featuring insightful programs tied to our five initiatives - nature, arts, justice, community, and faith - as well as the 80-acre landscape and its diverse habitats.
Fifty-five 500-foot-deep geothermal wells have been drilled on the property for natural, efficient heating and cooling.
35 trees on the property bear fruit of some delicious kind, including apple and plum.
16 Amphibian and Reptile species wander the grounds of Grace Farms, including the Spotted Salamander, Spring Peeper, and Painted Turtle.