The GRTA preserves, protects and promotes open space, historic trails and the tradition of horseback riding for future generation.

Upcoming Events

April 18, 2020

Human & Horse: Equine Leadership Workshops

April 18th & 19th 

The recent GRTA Annual Dinner speaker, Kristin Meek,  will be offering 2 one-day WYLD  Leadership Workshops with Beth Killough. 

Through natural interactions with horses, we practice deepening our awareness, exploring our desires, finding our truth, and confidently expressing our authentic leadership and power.

Christina Schauder -

Country Lane Farm, 39 John Street. Greenwich , Ct


April 25, 2020

Trail Clean-up and Picnic

Bring your garden tools, put on your gloves and come join us on Trail Clean Up Day. We tackle invasives, trim bushes, remove trash and picnic at our own Nichols Nature Preserve.

9:30 am to 12 pm. Picnic at noon.

More information coming soon

May 09, 2020

Dogwood Ride and Country Luncheon

SUSPENDED - Due to current virus precautions

We will post updates when available.


May 18, 2020

GRTA Barn Tour and Lunch


Unfortunately, due to concerns for all our safety and wellness, the Coronavirus has made it necessary to cancel.

June 07, 2020

99th GRTA Horse Show, Elegant Country Luncheon and Silent Auction

Due to the Corona Virus The Horse Show and the Luncheon are CANCELLED.

See you all next year for our 100th Anniversary

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Come enjoy our Nichols Nature Preserve, donated to the GRTA  by Herbert J. Nichols, Jr. and others as open conservation land. It is a 94-acre property with meadows, forests, ponds and swamps. Here, volunteer conservationists have ongoing projects that help some endangered insect pollinators and a variety of bird populations. This diverse and beautiful property is open to all nature enthusiasts for walking, horseback riding, fishing, jogging, bird watching, cross-country skiing and peaceful picnicking by a pond. 

We now have the Nichols Endowment Fund. Please consider contributing to the future of open space preservation. Ask your tax adviser about a stock donation or send a check. To contribute online, use the donate button below and be sure to write a note that states it’s for the Nichols Endowment Fund.

We employ a full-time land manager to help maintain the trails on properties belonging to the Audubon, Greenwich Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, the Gimbel Sanctuary,  the Boys Scouts and the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, as well as town parks such as The Byram River Gorge, Babcock Preserve and The Mianus River State Park Scenic Reserve. All these open spaces are free for all nature enthusaists to enjoy.

As a 501(c)(3) , all contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. We are an independent, self-supporting group that neither seeks nor obtains community funds.

Give the gift of open space preservation. Become a member with a CREDIT CARD or a CHECK or give a GIFT MEMBERSHIP  to a friend. There is no wrapping and it's tax-deductible ! 

Horsemsnship AND Learning to Ride

"Perhaps it’s time to take a step back and reintroduce horsemanship hand in hand with learning to ride."

Read what WCHR Committee Chair and USHJA board member Carl Weeden has to say about instilling horsemanship in our youth and encourage young riders you know to take on our Horsemanship Quiz Challenge!

Greenwich Sentinel - Kelsey Farm

"So, where in this town can a child bond with horses, learn to ride, share in their care, or become a part of a community, and have the joy of riding into nature. One place only, Kelsey Farm, back country, on Lake Avenue. With its now 70-year legacy, there’s heartening news. Manager Elise “Easy” Kelsey is newly full owner of Kelsey Farm. “The Kelsey Farm tradition continues!” 

Coyotes in Your Neighborhood ?

Has a coyote ever “followed” you or your dog while you’re walking in your neighborhood or in the park?

If so, you may have felt afraid, perhaps thought the coyote was stalking you, or that an attack was imminent

Learn more about coyotes in your neighborhood.

Click below and scroll down to find an article from the Saw Mill River Audubon.

Greenwich Magazine - The Silver Horse Ball

The GRTA Silver Horse Ball and silent auction was held at the Round Hill Club. 

Greenwich Sentinel Article about the GRTA

A quote from the article:

“We work so hard to preserve the backcountry,  so that people can enjoy the outdoors by taking little walks or cross country skiing, or riding, or just keeping the beauty of Greenwich open. That’s what I think we do the best,

Beekeepers at Nichols

We have 2 beekeepers managing hives at Nichols.

Ellen has been managing 2 hives. You can learn about Ellen at  Her hives are up on the crest of the hill in the large meadow.


The other 2 hives are managed by Trent and are located in a grassy patch closer to the West Lane entrance.  If you would like to purchase some local honey contact him at

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The GRTA​  203.661.3062  PO Box 1403, Greenwich, CT 06836

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