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.


For PROGRAMS and TOURS Click here


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

The Friends of Selleck's Woods will hold their year end Annual Meeting on Tues Dec 10 at 10 Harriett Lane Darien

Fall 2013 Come and enjoy the spectacular Fall colors and view them from the new bench at " The BEACH". It is a gift from the Knox family in memory of their Father "Corney" - he loved the woods. Also try out the new TRAIL SYSTEM installed by Eagle Scout Andrew Morgan. Follow the Blue Red or Yellow trails each between 1 and 2 miles long.

Thanks to volunteers including those from Darien Land Trust have done a remarkable remediation job recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Thanks also to Parks and Rec. for dealing with a dangerous tree & the wood chipper work. All trails were opened.

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 200 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 this year. Thanks to David May for the joy his volunteer efforts bring.

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

Chris Filmer - President



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