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Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust's mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces and special places.

Target demographics: Improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces, and special places.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 youth receive after-school STEM-based environmental education; plant169 trees; and hosted 41 events which 2,550 attended.

Geographic areas served: Lowell, MA

Programs: urban forestry, youth and adult environmental education, whitewater rafting, land protection, historic preservation

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Trees, wildlife, river, history, people, and important places. The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust strives to connect people to the place where they live. Through their evolving and innovative programming, the Trust builds a sense of place for the people of Lowell.

The dedication from staff and leadership is unmatched by any other organization. They always strive to connect people to the place in which the live, getting folks to understand that they don't have to leave the city limits to find beauty, intrigue, and nature right in their backyard.

I am a proud donor to LPCT and continue to be impressed by their ability to innovate, create, and succeed in such an efficient way for such a small organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Constellation, an Exelon company, is strongly committed to giving back to the community. In 2014, the Constellation-Lowell office decided to partner with a local non-profit as part of this effort. Through careful research, we identified the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LPCT) as a likely deserving organization. Our initial activities began with a Concord River Greenway cleanup on a section of the River within walking distance of our office. We now treat this section of land as “ours” and steward it carefully. Since 2014, we have completed 2 Greenway clean-ups, and one “make-over” day at Lowell’s Spalding House, an LPCT property requiring garden clean-up and window-washing, Currently, Constellation plans to build a viewing platform adjacent to a vernal pool at LPCT’s West Meadow conservation land. Volunteers will assist with everything from drawing up plans to building the platform on site. LPCT’s breadth of positive impact upon Lowell, with a small and dedicated staff, continues to impress both experienced and new volunteers at their well-organized events.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust has evolved over 25 years.Although it started as a land bank it soon redefined itself as a proactive group seeking and protecting green space,planting trees ,and driving large and ambitious projects such as the Concord Greenway, and protecting and refurbishing The Spaulding House, one of Lowell's historical landmarks.These endeavors have been a collaboration with City,State, other non-profits and especially with the community.The Trust has continued to expand its goals from its many community special projects,to 'afterschool' educational programs.It has been able to accomplish much with significant financial support form businesses and the greater Lowell community.The highest level of standards and financial integrity has been recognized by being given National Accreditation.The future remains bright and open for further evolution.Mark Romanowsky

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust does a great job of protecting Lowell’s special places, be they of natural, cultural, or historic value or all of these. And they connect the community to these places through their educational programming and outreach. The Trust partners with many governmental and civic organizations to be most effective and inclusive and is creative in pursuing approaches to accomplish their mission. They are a model of what an urban land trust should and can be.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust has been connecting people to the hidden gems of Lowell for over 25 years. The services, events, and education they offer to the community showcase the beautiful areas of Lowell that many don't know about. By connecting the urban layout of the City with the natural elements of rivers, parks, and land shows such a great side of the City. Jane and her staff have made incredible progress making sure more and more people are connected.

Donor

Rating: 5

Explore the urban environment with new eyes. With LP&CT you can learn how to maple sugar, track wildlife, or identify birds. You can also get involved as a land steward, join a river clean-up, or be a mentor in the after-school program. Their work with youth is truly impactful - going deep, not just trying to reach as many kids as possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I want to convey that the programming work, and partnership work, that Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust does is top notch. Investing in urban kids and schools -- and using conservation as a tool to teach leadership, self-esteem, and educational success -- is something that more nonprofits (and other conservation groups) should emulate.

Conservation work that matters--that changes lives, and enriches the lives who live in Lowell--that's what this nonprofit is about.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I want to share how impressed I am with the staff and programming at Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust. Jane and her staff are a pleasure to work with and are making a real difference in their community. I am particularly moved by the quality of the after school program and recommend those interested watch the video from the Land Trust Alliance's Rally in Providence, RI.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was born 64 years ago in Lowell and continue to live here. I am teacher and realize the importance of education for our children. This non-profit though takes education to another level as it provides an exciting opportunity for Lowell's inner city children a chance to experience the outdoors. They might be looking for animal prints at Hawk Valley Farm, identifying trees and exploring along the Concord River, playing in the beautiful urban parks, or visiting an old house from the 1700's. Most of all this non-profit encourages the children to have pride in the open spaces by respecting the land that has been so beautifully maintained by the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust. I always find it exciting to watch the faces of children as they explore in nature. Hopefully they will pass their excitement and respect of the land and these special places down to their children.