The aim of the Nature Initiative is to draw people into Grace Farms’ beautiful 80-acre preserve; allow nature to inspire the exploration of wilderness, wildlife, and open space; and help to restore native wildlife at a local and international level. By providing both structural and 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 where they can unplug from the modern world and truly experience the awe and wonder that only nature can inspire. 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. Throughout the year, Grace Farms offers an array of experiences that encourage interaction and co-existence with nature to foster a healthier relationship between people and their surrounding environment. 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.
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
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.
Join us on April 21, 2018 for our annual Earth Day celebration, with programs centered around preserving open space, restoring wildlife, and exploring the natural world.
Birdwatching at Grace Farms
Discover the more than 50 species of birds that make Grace Farms their home.
Endangered Birds are Flying High
Mark Fowler, Nature Initiative Director, discusses the increase in endangered bird populations and the joy of birdwatching with HuffPost
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.