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, people are encouraged to connect with the outdoors and embrace stewardship of the natural environment.
“Initiating new collaborations and affecting increased stewardship of the natural world are two of the most important things that we do to preserve the imperiled species and wild lands around us.”
—Mark Fowler, Nature Initiative Director
There are ten different habitats throughout Grace Farms.
On average we offer 35 weeks of free nature programming each year.
An average of 2,000 pounds of trash is collected from local rivers with local partners each year along the Five Mile River.
Grace Farms was designed to contribute to the public’s quality of life by providing a peaceful respite that inspires the exploration of wilderness and open space. Our educational partnerships, with organizations such as The New Canaan Land Trust and Larry Weaner Associates, explore topics such as biodiversity and restoring meadows. Signature events, including Earth Day and Source to Sound River Clean-Up, encourages hands-on participation in restoring and preserving our land.
We work to restore and preserve species and their habitats by increasing stewardship of Connecticut waterways with the community and our partners.
Grace Farms offers more than 35 weeks of multigenerational programming where the public can explore astronomy or enjoy a birdwatching tour along unstructured meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds. More than 80 species of birds, including hawks, owls, and falcons, reside at Grace Farms.
We celebrate Earth Day each year with a special day of interactive programs for all ages, exploring the natural world and restoring wild in our communities.
Throughout the year we explore the wonders of our galaxy. This popular program attracts people of all ages.
Our birdwatching programs attract seasoned and novice birdwatchers hoping to capture a photo or glimpse of the growing number of birds that reside in our restored habitat.
The Nature Initiative is committed to protecting endangered species and wildlife at a local and international level through our interdisciplinary collaboration with the Justice Initiative. We participate in the development of international training programs to combat and successfully prosecute transnational organized crime groups. By building a coalition of individuals, not-for-profits (NGOs), and law enforcement experts, we promote greater multi-agency information sharing, including investigative techniques to identify and disrupt criminal activity.
Read more about our unique approach to combat wildlife trafficking.
Annual profits from illegal sales of animal parts, including rhino horn and elephant tusks range from $7–23 billion.
There are only four foundations directly supporting law enforcement in anti-wildlife trafficking.
A task force in Brazzaville led to the seizure of 3.8 tons of pangolin body scales (roughly 1,000 dead animals) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Milestone Partnership to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Africa
The agreement (MOU) with the Lusaka Agreement Task Force in Nairobi brings together our law enforcement expertise and LATF’s multilateral law enforcement network.
The Nature and Justice Initiative collaborate to connect international not-for-profits and law enforcement to break down barriers to successful wildlife trafficking investigations, asset seizures, and prosecutions.
Grace Farms 2018 Earth Day celebration, featuring programs that celebrate 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.