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Boston, MA — March 2017 — The Trustees today announced an exciting new program called the Trustees GO Pass, which allows local libraries and other nonprofits to offer free or discounted admission to Trustees properties as a benefit to their patrons. For 125 years The Trustees’ mission has been to preserve and share the natural, cultural and historical treasures of Massachusetts, per the vision of its founder, Charles Eliot, “just as a museum holds paintings and a library holds books.” As it looks to the future, The Trustees aims to share its 116 statewide properties with more Massachusetts residents and visitors – from history buffs and hikers to individuals seeking new experiences, families looking for fun, and explorers looking for a new perspective – and inspire them to deepen their connections to the land, the outdoors, and our local and national history.
Once a library becomes a Go Pass member for an annual membership fee, it will receive 100 one time use GO passes, each equivalent to the admission benefit of a Family level Trustees membership, allowing free or reduced admission for two adults and any children under 18. In addition to the GO Pass, library patrons will also be able to use the Trustees property guidebook, Find Your Place, as a resource to start their adventures. The GO Pass provides the valuable opportunity to get outside and explore Trustees beautiful beaches, historic homesteads and gardens, hiking trails, scenic views, and more across Massachusetts.
"We are delighted to announce this new program and make our amazing sites even more accessible to our visitors" says Trustees President and CEO, Barbara Erickson. "Many families take advantage of library pass programs to visit some of the Commonwealth’s great historic and cultural institutions in a more affordable way. Now Trustees properties, some of the best natural and cultural sites Massachusetts has to offer, can be part of these important library services as well.”
The Trustees encourages interested library patrons to request a Go Pass from their local library and if their library isn’t already a member, ask them to consider signing up for the program. GO Passes can be picked up on site from member libraries, filled out by the patron, and used at any Trustees property for free or discounted admission. Once on property, visitors simply hand the GO Pass to a Trustees staff member collecting admission for free or reduced entry. The GO Pass is only for admission and is not valid for discounts at parking kiosks, gift shops, cafes, inns, campgrounds, special events or programs, on equipment rentals, or in place of any existing Trustees permits or passes. Each GO Pass is valid for one year. The Go Pass membership program is $350 per year for libraries, and includes 100 one-time use Go Passes for patrons. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit: http://www.thetrustees.org/membership/go/.
The Trustees preserves and cares for some of Massachusetts’ most treasured natural, scenic, and historic sites for public use and enjoyment. Founded in 1891 and celebrating our 125th Anniversary from May 2016-2017, The Trustees is the first land preservation nonprofit of its kind in the world and the Commonwealth’s largest conservation and preservation organization. With a passion for protecting the irreplaceable for everyone, forever, The Trustees is focusing its renewed mission on connecting more people of all ages and interests to outdoor recreation, culture, agriculture, and healthy, active living using its 116 diverse properties, community spaces, and over 5,000 annual programs as a powerful and compelling platform. Located within minutes of every resident and visited by 1.75 million people in 2016, Trustees properties span more than 27,000 acres across the state – from working farms, landscaped and urban gardens, and community parks, to barrier beaches, forests, campgrounds, inns and historic sites, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. The Trustees is also a worldwide model and active leader in land conservation, serving as the largest private holder of conservation restrictions of any entity in the state, overseeing the protection of more than 20,000 acres, and working with community’s partners to protect additional land, totaling over 25,000 acres to date. Also leader in the local, sustainable food movement, The Trustees operates five working farms with CSA programs, holds over 2,000 acres of farmland, and is a founding partner of the Boston Public Market, the first all locally-sourced indoor market of its kind in the nation, where it runs all educational programming at the Market’s demonstration KITCHEN and is one of 40 on-site vendors. Funded by our nearly 125,000 members and supported by many generous donors, partners, and volunteers, The Trustees invites all to get out, get inspired, and find magic in the moment through a Trustees program or property: www.thetrustees.org.