With help from The Conservation Fund, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center had the financing it needed to purchase the 34-acre wildlife sanctuary. Now open to the public as the Coogan Farm Nature and Heritage Center, this land is giving back to the people who helped protect it by providing recreational opportunities, a community garden and farm, educational opportunities through an outdoor classroom, and improved water quality and flood control. The Fund provided an additional loan to the Nature Center to further advance improvement efforts on the property. 

“As a lifelong Mystic resident, I have witnessed dramatic changes to our local and regional landscape, including housing developments, highways/roads, malls, huge gambling casinos and increased tourism. Working to protect the integrity of the Nature Center and its surrounding natural landscape is my highest priority.”

—Maggie Jones, Executive Director

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In the News, September 2015: The Conservation Fund provides bridge loan to Coogan Farm