Wildlands & Woodlands Website

Highstead works to inspire curiosity and build knowledge about plants and wooded landscapes in order to enhance life, preserve nature, and advance sound stewardship practices.

Highstead and Harvard Forest Broaden Vision for New England Landscape

A new report produced by the Harvard Forest, Highstead, and authors from around New England was released on September 19. Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities reaffirms the goals of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision introduced in 2010, and presents an integrated vision of wildlands, managed woodlands, farmlands, and rural to urban communities supporting people and nature across New England.

Learn more and download the report here.

Don't miss the 2017 Wildlands and Woodlands video!


Highstead Announces Fall Art Exhibit

Join us for the 20th annual Fall Art Exhibit, The Flora and Fauna of Highstead, featuring works rendered by the Greater New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

An opening reception will be held in the Highstead Barn on Sunday, September 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At 2 p.m. artists will share the stories and inspiration behind select pieces. This lively collection showcasing plants and wildlife native to the Highstead landscape will be on display through October 27. Visitors are invited to view the show Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. View the invitation here.


Highstead’s Summer 2017 Newsletter

The charismatic Wood Thrush provides the connecting thread between the initiatives highlighted in Highstead’s Summer 2017 Newsletter. Alongside remarks on the Wood Thrush, read about the forthcoming release of the report Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities: Broadening the Vision for New England, an update to the 2010 Wildlands and Woodlands vision. Also read about the strategic conservation map guiding collaborative efforts of the Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership, and Highstead’s model of research-based forest conservation and stewardship on display throughout our interpretive trails. View a digital copy here.

    To request a copy, send a note to jcologgi@highstead.net.    

Forum Sparks Collaboration Between Academics and RCPs in Maine

Highstead helped to convene a joint event of Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE) and the Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network, bringing together faculty and staff from Maine colleges and universities and leaders of Maine RCPs to explore opportunities for collaboration that will advance conservation efforts across the shared landscape.

The Maine Regional Conservation Forum is the first of similar state-specific gatherings envisioned throughout New England in the coming years. Read here for more information about the event.

2017 RCP Network Gathering - Thursday, November 16

Join over 200 conservation professionals to explore new frontiers of collaboration at this year’s RCP Network Gathering on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, NH.

This annual day-long conference offers a venue to share your land conservation experiences, workshops to learn about the innovative practices of conservation collaborators, panel discussions highlighting success stories, and new networking opportunities.

Click here for information about RCPs, the RCP Network, and the RCP Network Gathering.