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Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Inc.

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Address:

PO Box 7162 street: 660 Suffolk St. Suite 120, Lowell, MA 01854 Lowell MA 01852 USA

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

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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.

 
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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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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.

 
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The Lowell Film Collaborative has been honored to work together the last several years with Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust on an annual environmentally-themed film series. As excited as we were to join with LPCT on this initiative, we never imagined we'd still be going strong 5 years later! This inspiring organization epitomizes community and has become a beloved event partner AND supporter. We look forward to growing our relationship with LPCT and to celebrating their mission and their impact on the City of Lowell!

 
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I first joined Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust because it was working to protect open space in the city, but I soon learned that their mission goes beyond just saving open space. LP&CT has partnered with the Mass. Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lowell Public Schools, and now the Lowell National Historic Park. The educational programs created in conjunction with these organizations for the youth of Lowell are grooming the environmental stewards of the future by helping the students explore Lowell's natural resources and learn more about the environment at large.
In addition, the Trust sponsors an eco-film series, nature walks, a maple-sugaring event, a bird-watching walk, white-water rafting on the Concord River. It maintains its properties throughout the city, some with on-going help from volunteer land stewards and some with clean-ups pulling together volunteers from many different groups. The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust truly does a lot with a little!

 
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This is a great organization with a great mission. They focus equally on historical, cultural, and environmental preservation while maintaining a strong educational ideal. The mix of open land and historical holdings speak well to the variety of preservation missions and their outreach events are well organized and attended. I am proud to be a volunteer for this organization.

Their recent acceptance as a fully accredited land trust highlights their drive and dedication.

 
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Whether it's a beautiful row of street trees, or happy, engaged youth learning about nature and conservation, or a lovingly conserved 18th-century house overlooking the Pawtucket Falls, the evidence of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust's work is all around Lowell, enhancing the quality of life in the city. This year's eco-film series, one of many partnerships that help the LP&CT reach out to new audiences, has helped us expand our vision and shown us how connected we all are!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust quietly but steadily adds to the quality of life in Lowell. You may drive past a lovely park with beautiful flower gardens and enjoy the touch of country in the city but not know that little oasis exists thanks to LP&CT. You can join a bird watching expedition, a riverway walk, or a whitewater rafting adventure, all courtesy of LP&CT. That stretch of woods or patch of field that remains untouched and serves as a habitat for animals might also be part of LP&CT's legacy to the city. Certainly thousands of Lowell's trees shade us thanks to LP&CT. The Trust is all around us in Lowell, though we might not know it. What we do know is that these special places and activities bring us satisfaction, and that's a very good thing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I can't think of an organization that offers all the opportunities that LP&CT offers to make a difference in a community. Want to help preserve a colonial-period house or give landscape design suggestions for its backyard stretching to the Merrimack River? Interested in restoring migratory fish populations? Is whitewater rafting your thing? Lock tending at a historic lock chamber? Interested in examining vernal pools? Like planting bulbs in a community garden? Or how about helping with riverside clean-ups and greenway planning? At project's end, you can feel good about having contributed to a healthy environment or a beautiful place. LP&CT is all about improving the quality of life for Lowell and its entire region.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways, especially through the establishment of signage at two ends of the Concord River Greenway, the greenway itself, ed. programming along the CRG . . . My review alludes to the many ways in which I've participated. My city is a more beautiful (and GREEN) place thanks to LP&CT.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

maybe have more paid staff to expand and sustain the good work

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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As a teacher/naturalist at Drumlin Farm, I have been working with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust (LPCT) for over five years. Together with the Stewardship through Leadership program (STL),we have been doing programs with Lowell schools, Spindle City Core and other community organizations. Our joint programs have involved activities like urban ecology. The students at both the Robinson Middle School and Daley Middle School have planted trees made available by LPCT.
Another nexample of the STL program: Last summer STL worked with the Spindle City Core. These high school and college youth removed invasives and trash, created a new trail (Cardinal Flower Trail) and an interpretive guideguide for the Concord River Greenway (CRG).
LPCT was very involved in the the creation of the CRG a beautiful open space along the Concord River.
I could add many other examples.
I wish every community had a Land Conservation Trust like the LPCT

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways in the schools and community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more funding

 
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LP&CT is an amazing organization. We found out about the organization (where we met Jane!) during a new-residence orientation the city put together when we moved here over 5 years ago - and have since volunteered both in-kind and within the annual fund. We liked everything the organization stood for; including helping build walkways along the water front, planting more trees in urban neighborhoods, and cleaning up parks and other open spaces. After doing many volunteer activities, we quickly realized that one of the main reasons we love the organization is because it truly causes notifiable change and improvements year after year that everyone around, including ourselves, can enjoy and make use of. We have been land stewards for a couple properties, taken part in various land/park /cleanups, helped renovate and clean one of the cities oldest homes with rich history (the spalding house), took part in group hikes and helped clear some hidden trails along the Merrimack river, and taken nature tours with LP&CT and other volunteers on Kayaks on the Concord river. We have seen for our own eyes that new beautiful walking paths have been created (along the Concord River), public artwork designed and now outside for all to enjoy, teaching and showing the public how to tap maple syrup (I learned myself!), raising public awareness about the asian long-horn beetle and the many benefits of protecting and adding trees to urban areas, constructing a new park along the banks of the Merrimack River, and helping renovate the Spalding house. I'm very selective of organizations I belong to, and this one is a no brainer because of the results delivered and the passion they have to really make the area a better place.

LP&CT also coordinates with other local non-profits to create synergies and link walkways. This organization also collaborates with similar land trusts in different cities/states to help improve other parts of the country as well. As long I keep seeing tangible improvements, I know my time and money is well spent.

I'm also a huge fan of water in general - and this organization really protects, cleans, and works hard to make the beautiful waterways truly accessible via new walk-ways and cleanups. I am very thankful we have an organization like LP&CT in our city, truly looking after making the city greener, and improvement the quality of life of its resistants - of which I am one of many!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my improved quality of life in the city. I live in walking distance to downtown Lowell and often visit and walk through the Concord River Greenway. What was once exclusively an ugly parking lot, is now a beautiful path that all residents in the city can enjoy and take in breathtaking views of the Concord river which in the past has been a very hidden gem. I also frequently use the Concord and Merrimack rivers for water recreation, and so the frequent cleanups LP&CT has done has really helped.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it even bigger so that the many different visions the organization has can be completed even sooner.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Met many new people, explored and cleaned open spaces/parks in the city I never knew existed, learned how to (and did!) tap my own maple syrup, learned many things about the asian long horn beetle

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very good and self satisfying. Having a common purpose of Improving the environment by cleaning it up, helping create new public walk-ways along the water, protecting trees, and educating the public about all the benefits really brings a large sense of accomplishment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust is a professionally run organization doing great work in conservation and environmental education in the city of Lowell. Their work is literally transforming this amazing city through increased greenspace and sharing these natural resources with the residents of Lowell.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The positive change in the community as a result of land protected, the Concord River Greenway, and the positive impact on Lowell's youth as they learn about and protect Lowell's natural resources.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that they have resources for years to come so that that they can increase their positive impact in Lowell. It would be great if LP&CT had a full-time educator who could plan and teach more programs for the youth and families in Lowell.

 
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