Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust Scholarship
Established January 4, 2000
By the Flanders Nature Center
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust was founded in 1963 by Natalie Van Vleck.
Miss Van Vleck was an accomplished artist, businesswoman, and environmentalist. She moved to the area in 1926 from New York, when her well-to-do family purchased a farm in Woodbury. She started the Flanders Nature Center in 1963, when suburban encroachment began to threaten Woodbury’s agricultural traditions. Soon after, funds were raised by the Junior League of Greater Waterbury to build the Trail House on Church Hill Road, where numerous environmental educational programs have been offered to community residents and schools.
Flanders received its first gift of land in 1973, the Manville Kettle in the center of Woodbury. It was one of the first land trusts in the area.
Miss Van Vleck died in 1982, and bequeathed her 200-acre farm and woodlands to the Nature Center. At that time, professional staff was expanded, and programming, special events and access to the trail system were developed year round.
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust currently manages almost 2,000 acres of open space areas in Woodbury, Bethlehem, Middlebury and Southbury.
For more information about the Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust as well as Miss Van Vleck, please visit their website, at www.flandersnaturecenter.org.
Nature Center Scholarship was established in 2000,
with the purpose of furthering the study of the
environment and nature. The scholarship is awarded
annually, to a Woodbury graduating senior who is
planning to major in environmental studies, natural
sciences or teaching.