Direction to Selleck's Woods


Head towards Norwalk on the Post Rd., turn right at Trader Joes/Rory’s on to Kings Hwy North. Immediately after you go over I-95, turn right onto Parklands Drive and continue past the office buildings to the entrance to Dunlap/Selleck’s Woods.

Google maps directions click here


The Woods


Although technically two different properties, SELLECK’S WOODS (28 acres purchased in 1963 by the Town of Darien) and DUNLAP WOODS (22 acres owned by The Darien Land Trust) are in fact one large nature preserve.


With almost 2 miles of trails, the woods are a wonderland of ecologically diverse fauna and flora. There are 7 distinct ecosystems ranging from densely wooded areas to ponds, marshes, swamps, streams and even prairie pockets. A 1997 study sponsored by the Darien Nature Center identified 114 plant species. The woods also serve an important role in maintaining local wildlife populations by providing critical sanctuary for our songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and small mammals.


The "Friends of Selleck’s Woods" help protect the Nature Preserve status of the woods, lay trails and wood chips, organize clean ups and build bridges. We also work with the Darien Park and Recreation Commission and the Darien Land Trust to erect signs and organize field trips and nature walks.


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We welcome all nature groups and anyone who thinks a beautiful wildlife park in Darien is a good idea.


Those interested in field trips or volunteering help may call: Chris Filmer (203) 655-2445

Binocularssm1Notice Board


December 17 2016 We have our first snow of the winter.
Twelve pines and Holly Trees tree have been planted near
the Little Brook Rd entrance as a buffer to the Rail track.
Large scale removal of invasive Green briers carried out

Our Christmas tree near the "office" entrance is decorated to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our loyal visitors

Sept 13 2016
Thank you for all those who joined us for nature activities and fun for the whole family on our 3rd biennial Trails Discovery Day. It was held on Sunday September 11th from 11am to 3pm in Dunlap/Selleck's Woods. It included Nature Scavenger hunts, Hands-on Animal Exhibits from Animal Embassy, Learn the Trails map reading/hiking, I-Spy Corner bird/animal sightings, a great Food Truck, Music and Fairy houses, and fifty acres of nature preserve fun!

March 2016
The APRIL Trail Fix was a great success! Held on Sunday April 24 from 11am to 1pm. Thanks to everyone who helped to spread wood chips.

December 2015
New bridge to the lake completed. Railings added to entrance steps. Stepping stones up lake ledge. See our Xmas tree decorations. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

October 2015
We have almost two miles of trails.

ENCHANTED FOREST Article from "Darien Patch":­articles/­dariens-enchanted-forest

Chris Filmer - President

Who we are


We are a private 501(c)3 non-profit organization that cares for Selleck's Woods on behalf of the Darien Parks and Recreation Commission.



Our Mission


"To protect Selleck’s Woods as a nature preserve and as a place for quiet recreation where:

  • some may find a source of personal renewal,
  • and the young, a source of wonder and growth."



Programs and Tours

The Experience of the Woods

Map of the Woods



Preschoolers at "I Spy Corner"



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