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Hidden Valley Expansion

Thanks to you, Steep Rock closed on the acquisitions of four forested properties that expand Hidden Valley by 25%–a plan that’s been 17 years in the making! 

A Testament to Community Spirit 

Rain couldn’t dampen our spirits as more than 40 passionate people gathered to celebrate Steep Rock’s landmark achievement—the acquisition of 206 acres of forested properties that expand Hidden Valley Preserve more than 25%! Our Hidden Valley Expansion project stands as a shining example of what’s possible when a community comes together with a common goal of protecting the natural spaces we all cherish. 

At a cost of $2.9 million, we are incredibly grateful for funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceConnecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation—a supporting organization of the Northwest CT Community Foundation, Lilah Hilliard Fisher Foundation, David L. Klein Jr. Foundation, and Connecticut Land Conservation Council as well as more than 120 donors. 

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the agencies, foundations, and individuals who have been a part of this journey. Your belief in this cause and your investment in our community’s future are what made this dream a reality.

Video Below: Part of  the  Hidden Valley Expansion Match Challenge that was pivotal in helping us cross the finish line on this acquisition.  

Why this expansion is critical

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Matching Gifts

 Did you know many companies match donations made by employees, employees’ spouses, and retirees, allowing employees to DOUBLE their generosity and impact? 

Contact your employer today to see if they will match your gift.


 If you are 70½ years of age or older, you can take advantage of a popular gift option called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) also known as a IRA charitable rollover.  QCDs offer simple ways to benefit Steep Rock and receive tax benefits in return.

To learn more, visit here.

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When granting through your donor-advised fund, please use the following information:

Our legal name: Steep Rock Association, Inc.
Tax ID: #06-6069060
Mailing address: PO Box 279, Washington Depot, CT 06794

Check Donations

Please make checks payable to Steep Rock Association. Our mailing address is:

Steep Rock Association
PO Box 279
Washington Depot, CT 06794