Green Gift Idea for the Holidays from The Trustees of Reservations

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Kristi Perry

Consider Giving Someone a “Green Gift Membership”
A Gift that Keeps on Giving Throughout the Year

Beverly, MAOctober 27, 2011 – 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 you think about gift ideas for family and friends, consider giving a gift that not only shares your passion for a favorite non profit, but also keeps on giving throughout the year -- a “Green Gift Membership.”

The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, suggests a Green Gift Membership as the 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. “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 we began offering gift memberships five years ago, we’ve 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 Trustees stunning reservations located in 73 communities across Massachusetts, such as Crane Beach in Ipswich, World’s End in Hingham, the Old Manse in Concord, the Bryant Homestead in Cummington, Doyle Community Park and Center in Leominster, Bartholomew’s Cobble in Tyringham, 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 will keep you up to date on new and information on topics such as conservation, the natural world, history and culture across Massachusetts; and
  • Purchase a gift membership for $125 or above and your gift recipient will also receive our Outdoor Adventure Kit. 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 holiday delivery, please order gift memberships by December 15 at: 978.921.1944 or online at

More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust” and care for properties 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 for current and future generations to enjoy.

The Trustees work to promote 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 contact