Explore over two miles of undulating trails winding through 50 acres of forest, wetland, ledge, and meadow – a mosaic of habitats preserved for the study and appreciation of plants and animals in their natural environment. Special features include native plant communities and collections, woodland deer exclosures, a dry-footed swamp walk, and a three-acre man-made pond. Bench seating along the trails invites you to rest in quiet contemplation.

Interpretive signs, plant labels, and self-guided tours provide opportunities to get better acquainted with Highstead’s plants and wildlife, landscape history, ecological research, and stewardship activities.

Interpretive Trail Guide

Enjoy the quiet beauty of a southwestern Connecticut landscape shaped by natural and human forces. Learn about the scientific techniques and ecological practices we employ to understand and enhance it.

Native Tree & Shrub Walk

Take an hour and a half self-guided tour of Highstead’s native woody plant collection. This walk traverses forest, wetland, ledge, and meadow, providing opportunities to get acquainted with the flora and topography of the broader Highstead landscape. 

Landscapes & Collections

Before you visit, learn about Highstead’s landscapes and plant collections.