Welcome to Woodland Park Nature Preserve

Top 10 GREAT ways to enjoy Woodland Park!

  1   Birdwatch

  2   Explore

  3   Exercise

  4   Bring your friends and family

  5   Walk with your leashed dog

  6   Find turtles in the ponds

  7   Be creative! Paint or sketch         nature

  8   Identify animal tracks in the snow

  9   Get Fresh Air

 10  It's free

 The brook in spring

Baby Turtles emerging

 White Trail

 Frog at Old Maid's Pond

Turtles have been spotted near the ponds as they find places to lay their eggs.

Springtime flowers emerge

View of Old Maids Pond


Woodland Park Nature Preserve is a public nature park in Darien, CT which offers a unique environment and habitat for wildlife.

Darien is fortunate to have a place for its community to appreciate and explore the natural wonders within 64.7 acres of land.  The attractions of the park consist of multiple trail systems, two ponds, a stream, a footbridge, an archaic stonewall, and ornamental plantings. Many bird species, turtles, amphibians, ducks, rabbits, other mammals and insects live within the Park waiting to be spotted by visitors.

Since 1979, the "Friends of Woodland Park" have played an integral part along with Darien Parks and Recreation, the Boy Scouts, in preserving, protecting the Park, promoting and educating the public concerning the attributes of the park, as well as raising and expending funds to carry out many goals.

The "Friends" wish to encourage the public to come explore, learn about and appreciate this valuable natural asset while enjoying the Park's unspoiled natural beauty.

Take a moment to browse our website's interesting facts, and view the amazing pictures taken by visitors. Discover points of interest, pictures of the natural beauty of the park as well as learn about its history and the Friends of Woodland Park Nature Preserve.