“Long before there were Nature Conservancies, before there were any local land trusts, in fact prior to any general awareness about nature education and habitat preservation, The Denison Society, of Stonington, CT made a commitment to environmental preservation,” states Maggie Jones, Executive Director of DPNC.
The Pequot-sepos Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1946. For 25 years the Sanctuary leased 125 acres for $1 a year from the Homestead.
The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, DPNC,was incorporated in 1972 thanks again to the generosity of the Denison Homestead. Today, the Homestead owns the DPNC’s land and buildings however each group operates as a separate non-profit organization. DPNC leases 77 acres on the east side of Pequotsepos Road and maintains 8 miles of trails on the rest of the Homestead. They also use Homestead acreage as their outdoors classroom.
Anne Denison Gates, creator of the Denison Homestead, requested that The Denison Family be honored in the coming years. As a founding member of the Mystic Garden Club and bird lover, Ann would be thrilled to learn of the thousands of people, both young and old who have learned a love of nature from her land.
There is a small discount to visit both the nature center and the historic house museum.