The creation of the Woodcock Preserve was the inspiration of J.M. Woodcock, a visionary Ridgefield resident. It is composed of 149 acres of state-protected land, which includes a pond, wetlands, and 3 miles of publicly accessible woodland trails. The Center is home to a variety of local and exotic creatures including snakes, frogs, lizards, and birds. Additionally, the Woodcock Center has been a source of environmental and nature education since 1972. They use the local flora and fauna to educate the community on Ridgefield’s natural surroundings as well as the different environmental issues affecting our planet.