Green gift idea for Mother's Day

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Kristi Perry

Sharon, MAApril 3, 2012 – Are you looking for a unique gift idea for Mom this Mother’s Day? Something she wouldn’t think of herself that is creative and meaningful? Whether she is a Mom who seems to “have it all” or is someone who doesn’t want anything material, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) offer the idea of a “Green Gift Membership” – a gift that can keep on giving throughout the year.

“Green” gift giving is becoming increasingly popular among people who are looking for gifts that also support the environment. A gift membership to The Trustees, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, might just be the perfect idea for Mom this year – especially if she loves the outdoors and believes in protecting the landscapes and landmarks that define the character of our communities. Try pairing your gift membership for Mom with an outing a local Trustees reservation, followed by a relaxing Mother’s Day picnic. Many local Trustees reservations offer great walks and hikes with lovely views and vistas to enjoy. In addition, The Trustees offer 12 Quests around the state which are all set to clever poems offering clues that reveal the history and scenic features of each property. Questing is a nature-based, treasure hunt-style activity that offers a fun and unique way to enjoy and explore the outdoors. One of the most rapidly growing family outdoor activities on the East Coast, Trustees quests were recently featured on WCVB-TV’s popular “Chronicle” program. For more information, please visit:

“We have seen more and more of our supporters looking for ways to give a meaningful gift that also gives back to their favorite cause,” says Laurie O’Reilly, Director of Marketing and Membership. “Since The Trustees began offering gift memberships five years ago, we have seen steady growth in the number given every year.” Starting as low as $47 for individual members ($37 for students and seniors, $67 for families), a gift membership not only helps The Trustees advance its mission, but also includes the following:

  • Free/reduced, year-round admission to 106 stunning Trustees reservations located in 73 communities across Massachusetts, such as Crane Beach in Ipswich, World’s End in Hingham, the Old Manse in Concord, Bird Park in Walpole, and Cape Poge on Martha’s Vineyard;
  • Discounts on stays at Trustees Bed & Breakfasts (The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich and the Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown);
  • Discounted fees for the hundreds of events, programs, lectures summer camps and workshops offered by The Trustees year-round for all ages;
  • The Trustees’ Property Guide, a 224-page guidebook to the organization’s 100-plus reservations – available exclusively to members;
  • A year’s subscription to our quarterly member magazine, Special Places, which keeps members up to date on Trustees news, events, and programs from across the state; and
  • With a gift membership purchase of $125 or above, your gift recipient will also receive our Outdoor Adventure Kit (pictured above). Perfect for your favorite outdoor adventurer, this handy, portable pack includes a pair of binoculars, a multi-tool, a flashlight, whistle, and compass – everything needed for a fun day outdoors. To ensure timely delivery, please order gift memberships by May 1st at: 978.921.1944 or online at

More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations are the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for special places of scenic, cultural and natural significance. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 106 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 73 communities throughout Massachusetts. Most are open year-round for public use and enjoyment. The Trustees work to foster healthy, active, and green communities locally across Massachusetts by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or discounted for members. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. One of the largest nonprofits in Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 150 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out more or to become a member or volunteer, please visit