Green Gift Idea for the Holidays from The Trustees of Reservations Consider Giving Someone a "Green Gift Membership"

A Gift that Keeps on Giving Throughout the Year

Contact Information

John Bradley
Director of Membership Programs
978.921.1944 x1859
Media Inquiries:
Kristi Perry

Beverly, MA – Over the last decade “green” gift giving has become increasingly popular among people looking for meaningful, thoughtful gifts that also give back to our environment and our communities. As holiday shopping swings into full force, The Trustees of Reservations and many other nonprofits suggest the idea of a “green gift membership” – a gift that not only that supports a worthy organization, but keeps on giving throughout the year.

A Trustees of Reservations green gift membership is perfect for someone who loves the outdoors and also enjoys visiting, preserving, and protecting the scenic and historic landscapes and landmarks that define the character of our communities.

Starting as low as $45 for individual members ($35 for students and seniors, $65 for families), a gift membership to The Trustees provides free access, year-round, to 104 stunning reservations located in 75 communities across Massachusetts. A Trustees gift membership also provides the recipient with significant savings on stays at The Trustees’ two bed and breakfasts and discounts on hundreds of annual events, workshops, and programs, summer camps, and more – all while helping the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization preserve, care for and keep its special places open for the public to enjoy throughout the year. Trustees’ gift memberships* include:

  • Free/reduced admission to 104 Trustees properties (including popular destinations like Crane Beach in Ipswich, World’s End in Hingham, the Old Manse in Concord, the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, Doyle Center and Community Park in Leominster, Bartholomew’s Cobble in Tyringham, and Cape Pogue 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 and workshop the Trustees offer year-round, for all ages
  • The Trustees Property Guide, a 224-page guidebook to the organization’s 104 reservations – available exclusively to members;
  • A year’s subscription to our quarterly member magazine, Special Places, which will keep you up-to-date on topics and events related to conservation, nature, history, cultural landscapes, and the environment; and

This year, with any gift membership order placed before January 15, 2010, you’ll also receive a set of collectible, sturdy, and earth-friendly grocery bags featuring wood cut illustrations of Crane Beach and Weir River Farm.

The Trustees are 100,000 members like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 104 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.

All Trustees reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center, which serves as a meeting space and gathering place for the conservation community.

The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.

Accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. In addition to its many reservations spanning 26,000 acres, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth.

One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 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 and/or become a member, please contact

 *gift memberships can be ordered online at or by calling 978.921.1944 (M – F, 9AM – 5PM).