Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust was founded in 1963 by Natalie Van Vleck, artist, farmer, businesswoman and environmentalist. Her legacy is a vision become reality of a place where others could experience the beauty of art in nature, learn about the importance of protecting the environment and sustain the rural traditions of the land she loved. The Nature Center promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature and supports the conservation, preservation and management of natural resources. The Nature Center holds in trust more than 2,100 acres of open space in Woodbury, Bethlehem, Southbury and Middlebury, Connecticut, including seven nature preserves and sanctuaries. Each of the properties has its own character and attributes, from historic buildings, stone walls and marked trails to expansive vistas of woodlands, lakes, ponds, streams, fields and a bog. These pristine, undeveloped areas offer moments of reflection, relaxation and recreation.