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Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Inc.

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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.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Bruce44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

2 Phillipe L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust is an amazing organization because it succeeds in turning bold creative ideas into real accomplishments that benefit everyone who lives in or visits the City of Lowell. Here are just a few of its accomplishments that I've been privileged to enjoy personally over the years: It's development of the Concord River Greenway, which I can walk to in minutes; its commitment to regular cleanups along the Concord River and other green spaces in the city; its beautification work at parks in all city neighborhoods including Rogers Fort Hill Park where I volunteer; its "2000 Trees for 2000" campaign that planted well over 2000 trees throughout the city by the year 2000... and the Trust continues to plant trees; its outdoor environmental education programs for school children, adults, and families (I've enjoyed its White Water Rafting, Winter Tracking, Bird Watching, and Maple Sugaring events); its protection and preservation of land for much needed pocket parks in Lowell including Jollene Dubner Park near my neighborhood. The Trust has built extensive community partnerships and friendships over the years with all of Lowell's neighborhoods groups, numerous civic and non-profit organizations, schools, and City Government. It's this passion and commitment to community and wanting to make Lowell the best place to live that makes the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust my favorite non-profit in this city!

1 Jim W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are working with home owners who have completed our training program and purchased a home with down payment assistance. We are encouraging these new home owners to "Plant - a - Tree" to celebrate home ownership. This collaboration with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust is a wonderful way for two organizations to partner in an effort to make Lowell a greener community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

LPCT does amazing work in the City of Lowell and the greater Lowell area. what other organization sponsors wildlife tracking in the snow, maple sugaring, white water rafting, tours of canals and a historic inn along a river trading route, creates walkways along scenic and wild rivers and does land preservation?? Participating as a member is easy as the LPCT offers something for nearly everyone who cares about the outdoors, preservation, the City, and the quality of life in the whole area. I am proud of the work and excited about the opportunities!