Cherry Lawn Woods Restoration Project


The goal of the Clear The Path Cherry Lawn Woods Restoration Project is to maximize the natural beauty of the trail system, waterways and forest without over-landscaping or diminishing the wild beauty of a forest in its natural state. The Cherry Lawn forest is unique in its diversity of landscape and a treasured resource to our town. By restoring the trail system, we hope that more people will enjoy its magic.

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The People Who Make It Happen

Volunteerism is at the heart of this project. Led by three veteran conservationists, Chris Filmer, Sig Buchmayr and Dan Hageney, tremendous thought was put into the planning and execution of each stage of the process. An ongoing effort, this project will continue in the coming years as we pursue the development of a handicap accessible trail system to invite even more people into the woods.

The Benefits of Nature Play


  • Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, an important strategy in helping the one in three American kids who are obese.
  • Being out there improves distance vision and lowers the chance of nearsightedness.
  • Spending time outside raises levels of Vitamin D, helping protect children from future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues.


  • Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.
  • Schools with environmental education programs score higher on standardized tests in math, reading, writing and listening.
  • Exposure to environment-based education significantly increases student performance on tests of their critical thinking skills.


  • Children’s stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces.
  • Play protects children’s emotional development, whereas loss of free time and a hurried lifestyle can contribute to anxiety and depression.
  • Nature makes you nicer, enhancing social interactions, creating value for community and close relationships.

Help us keep the forest clear and welcoming to visitors, and be part of the effort to install the first handicap accessible trail in Darien. Thank you!


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