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

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"


Binocularssm1Notice Board


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 held on Sunday September 11th from 11am to 3pm in Dunlap/Selleck's Woods.

On Sunday SEP 11 from 11 AM - 3 PM we will hold our (every two year) Celebration of the Woods. We work with Darien Land Trust and our adjacent woods partner "Dunlap Woods. This year the event is entitled TRAILS DISCOVERY DAY.
Bring the kids and enjoy a Nature Scavenger hunt, Learn the Trails, Hands-on Animal Exhibits from Animal Embassy, I-Spy Bird corner, a great Food Truck, Music and Fairy houses,

March 2016.
The APRIL Trail Fix will be on Sunday April 24 from 11am to 1pm. Bring a rake, fork and your family and join the fun spreading wood chips. Meet at the Office parking lot ENTRANCE. Someone will direct you from there.

Put June 5 on your calendar for our,every two year, CELEBRATION of the WOODS. where nature and fun meet.

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

October 10 2015. It's Fall and the leaves are turning, Come and enjoy the views, bring your camera. You can also walk the new boardwalk that helps cross to more lake views

"Birds are bio-indicators. They monitor the habitat for us. If the birds are doing well, the habitat is doing well and supporting them."

ANNUAL TRAIL FIX APRIL 19, 2015. Please join us on Sunday April 19 from 11am to 1 PM. Bring rakes, gloves, forks and if possible a wheelbarrow. Join your friends keeping our nature preserve safe and clean. We will be using mainly wood chips.
Call Chris Filmer 203 655 2445 with queries

Sat Nov 8 2014 is the 3rd annual DHS Faculty /Student DOG WALK Selleck's Woods 10:30am- 12:30pm. All proceeds go to Military dogs overseas.
All dogs must be leashed

October 2014 is here and with it some spectacular Fall colors an scenes. Come take a walk in the woods and if you would like to get a group together and have a guide take you through the almost two miles of trails - Call Chris Filmer 203 655 2445.

Spring 2014 is here. We held our annual trail fix on April 26 when fifteen volunteers moved tons of wood chips to ensure our trails were safe and easy to transverse.

Don't miss our CELEBRATION OF THE WOODS on June 8 from 11 am to 3 pm, Naturalists, artists, singers an birders will brighten the already beautiful woods and lake. Bring the family

Fall 2013 was spectacular with it's Fall colors. They could be well viewed from the new bench at "The BEACH". It is a gift from the Knox family in memory of their Father "Corny" - he loved the woods.

You could also try out the new TRAIL SYSTEM installed by Eagle Scout Andrew Morgan, by following the Blue Red or Yellow trails each between 1 and 2 miles long.

In Oct 2012 we placed over 70 new directional signs. They were beautifully made by volunteer Eddie Drach. THANK YOU EDDIE!

In past three years we hosted over 300 kids from schools and scout groups. Most were doing part of their science curriculum or on scouting projects.

The native plant exhibit near the entrance was a sight to behold but was showing the signs of Deer browsing. It has been "Deer fenced" and Katie Keith is volunteer in chief of it's well being

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

Chris Filmer - President


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