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Causes: Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment, Farmland Preservation, Food, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: "To preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts."Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations has been saving the Massachusetts landscape for people to enjoy. Our conservation work has helped protect more than 54,000 acres across the state. We care for 23,687 acres on 95 reservations and inspire conservation awareness through a variety of educational programs. We are a nonprofit organization supported by our 43,000 members.

Programs: Property stewardship - ttor owns and manages a statewide system of special places called "reservations" - over 24,000 acres on more than 100 properties from the berkshire mountains in western massachusetts to the beaches of ipswich, and the islands of nantucket and martha's vineyard - all of which are open for public use and enjoyment. The care of these properties is handled by about 125 employees skilled in landscape management, horticulture, arboriculture and historic resources. Over one million people visit the reservations each year to walk, swim, farm, camp, paddle and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

land conservation - since its founding in 1891, ttor has helped to protect approximately 66,000 acres of land across massachusetts using a suite of strategies including land acquisition, conservation restrictions and assistance to other land organizations and agencies. During the fiscal year ended march 31, 2014, ttor acquired 42 additional acres, protected an additional 286 acres through 8 conservation restrictions and helped to protect an additional 575 acres through 7 assist projects.

resource protection and planninghistoric resources - historic resource staff members are responsible for the stewardship and presentation of ttor's historic properties including house museums, archival and object collections, gardens and designed landscapes. The department also advises on projects of an archaeological nature where appropriate. Structural resources - the structural resource program works with regional and administrative staff to understand the needs of ttor's more than 250 buildings and structures. They develop strategies to replace deferred maintenance with predictable scheduled capital renewal. The department also provides building resources, develops policy and advises in the oversight of building projects.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization which preserves property for all to enjoy. Some properties are just land others have estates or other significant buildings to the culture and history of Massachusetts. I have been a member for many years. It is important to have the opportunity to be out in nature and experience the natural world. It is one of the few organizations which allows dogs on their properties. Now with more active farms, many people are enjoying fresh food.TTOR is incorporated in my estate planning because I want future generations to be able to share my experiences in nature.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely love Weir River Farm! I am totally enjoying being a member of their CSA. The food is so fresh and delicious, totally awesome. They help with recipes on the website which is great for things you haven't tried before. Properties of the trustees of the reservations are also amazing and beautiful. Cannnot go wrong supporting this fabulous organization! Thank-you for all you guys do!

Comments ( 1 )


kperry ttor 07/05/2011

Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments! I'll pass these along to our fantastic staff at Weir River Farm, too. We're certainly lucky to have supporters like you as a part of our community. Amy Spencer Marketing Associate The Trustees of Reservations

Danica M.


Rating: 5

Looking for a fun place to take my daughter, I stumbled upon the website for Trustees of Reservations, and I thank heaven for that! The unique and special places they take care of, including my favorite, World's End, are true treasures. They have taken great steps to make sure you test out new places and provide guide books to "Find your place."
This is the one organization for outdoor activities I have joined and I feel they've provided me a doorway to wonderful family experiences for years to come. I will happily support them.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Appleton Farms is the most favorite place on this earth for our family. We are CSA members and regular program attendees - for grown up and kids. Any chance we get, we love to go on the farm grounds to learn, explore and experience. The staff is friendly, warm and full of knowledge.

I have three daughters and when I just asked them what tey loved the most about Appleton, they said "THE COWS!". We visit them often and love how well cared for they are.

After 6 years of being a CSA member, I am convinced that Appleton has a master craft of fresh food, recipes and recommendations on integrating organic eating to a busy life style.

We are grateful for Appleton Farms and love being a part of the community. Thank you.

1 Julie V.


Rating: 5

Volunteering at the Trustees of Reservations has been the best volunteer experience I have ever had. It is a place that never asks for too much of your time, appreciates all you give- whether it is an hour or 100 hours. In the past with other organizations, I felt exhausted with the output I was putting into volunteerism, and yet never felt it was enough or appreciated. With the Trustees, we celebrate success- small and large. They are incredibly creative and open to new ideas of raising money. In my case, planning a dinner at an estate that people don't frequent in the fall months as much as the summer. Letting me work on an idea with another volunteer, trust us, provide staff support, and in the end have a great, fun event. With the event, we brought people to the estate who had never been there, or heard of the organization. It also provided an event for current members of the group to experience a great event at a magical and historical place like the Crane Estate in Ipswich. I can't say enough how much I enjoy volunteering with the Trustees!