Join Us For the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge Discovery Day, Saturday, September 28, 9:30-noon, at the Park (formerly known as the Demeter Park)

CELEBRATING OPEN SPACE, NATURE, BIRDS, VISTAS & MORE  September 28th from 9:30 to noon – Rain date September 29th

Last year’s Scavenger Hunt was such a success, the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge Committee and the Charlotte Land Trust have expanded event to include:

  • A nature Scavenger Hunt for children
  • Scenic horse-drawn carriage rides along the ridge of the park
  • Bird walks specifically geared to kids (ages 6 and up)
  • Separate bird walks for adults to be led by two knowledgeable experts

A variety of trees will be tagged for people who want to work on learning their tree species. There will be folks on hand to discuss how active agriculture in the park is managed. And, if you’ve ever found yourself wondering about the beautiful barn that rests at the top of the refuge on Route 7,  Jenny Cole will be available to answer questions and present facts about the historic Thorpe Barn.

The festivities will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon. Parking and a shuttle to bus people to and from the event will be located at the Charlotte Central School. The shuttle will be starting at 9:15 a.m. The event will mostly take place in the eastern part of the park, along the scenic Thorpe and Byington trails.

There will be no parking available at the top of the Refuge, as this is not a public entrance. If you want to park at the Greenbush Rd. entrance, you will need to walk up to the festivities, which could be about a half hour walk; no bikes and no dogs.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Each participant is asked to register before the event.  Registration forms are availalbe here, on the town website ( under the 'Recreation' tab, or at the Town Hall. 

We hope to see you there! 

Helping to protect and preserve the rural, agricultural landscape of Charlotte


Sunset from Mt. Philo
Greenbush Road Conserved Field
Charlotte Berry Farm pumpkins
Knowles Farm
View from Mt. Philo with Conserved Land in Foreground
Farming on Lockhart Property
Crossbreed Cow on Burleigh Farm
View from Gailbreath Property
Burleigh Forest Waterfall
Aerial View of Williams Woods
Mack Farm Herd
Camel's Hump from Charlotte
Crows on Burns Property
Looking East from the top of Barber Hill
Snowshoes on CLT Guided Raven Ridge Hike

For over twenty years, the Charlotte Land Trust has been in the business of conserving the special natural, scenic and agricultural areas in Charlotte so they will be here for future generations.  We were founded by a group of concerned local people who initially organized in order to protect a very large field on the corner of Lake and Greenbush Roads. Since then, CLT became incorporated sixteen years ago as a non-profit entity and has helped to preserve many of our notable natural resources.

CLT’s mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the historic and rural beauty of the area by conserving natural resources in the form of agricultural lands, forests, and wild areas.  We are committed to assisting in the planning for Charlotte’s growth and development so that agricultural, commercial, residential and recreational land needs are balanced by the townspeople’s often expressed desire for the preservation and protection of working farms, natural areas and scenic resources.

To date, Charlotte can be proud that more than 4,000 acres of resource rich lands in the town are conserved with conservation easements.  This slideshow highlights pictures from some of the properties in Charlotte that were conserved either through the efforts of the Charlotte Land Trust or one of our other conservation partners.