Green Gift-Giving Ideas for Father's Day
Give the Gift of the Great Outdoors with an Adventure and a Membership to The Trustees of Reservations
Beverly, MA – Do you find yourself stumped each year when its time to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day? For the hard-to-buy-for Dad or the one who seems to already have it all, try giving a gift that inspires you to pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying the great outdoors together.
Taking care of the environment and reducing our carbon footprint is becoming more of a priority for everyone these days. Trends show that more and more people are giving gifts of membership or donations to meaningful organizations, programs, or campaigns as alternatives to traditional gifts.
With gas prices up and the economy down, people are looking for creative and affordable gift-giving ideas. The relative cost of a gift of membership to an organization like The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and non-profit conservation organization, offers great value and countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors on Father’s Day, and beyond. Choose from any of The Trustees’ nearly 100 beautiful reservations, located in 70 communities around the state, for an outing that will create a lasting memory:
- kayak at the popular World’s End in Hingham, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Weir River, Hingham Harbor, and the Boston Skyline;
- spend the day in the sun and surf at Crane Beach in Ipswich, voted in countless publications, including Boston Magazine, as the best beach in the Boston area;
- pack a picnic and hike up to the summit of the inspiring Monument Mountain in Great Barrington where you can take in the fresh air and stunning views of the beautiful Berkshires;
- embark on a guided, family fishing tour at the peaceful, pristine Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge on the island of Chappaquiddick on Martha’s Vineyard;
- Use your sense of adventure and try one of The Trustees’ popular, outdoor scavenger hunts, or Quests, which are currently offered at 17 properties all over the state, with more planned for the future;
- meander down the half-mile trail at Chesterfield Gorge, Massachusetts’ own version of the Grand Canyon, and stop for some fly-fishing along the scenic Westfield River; or,
- go camping at one of Massachusetts’ most popular, family-friendly camping destinations, Tully Lake Campground in Royalston, where you can also go for a paddle and hike up to the rushing Royalston Falls.
According to the Giving USA Foundation/Giving USA 2007, only 2.2% of all charitable giving in the United States is currently donated to nature and animal welfare nonprofits. Your gift will make a difference by helping a wonderful organization that maintains special places and programs to enhance quality of life, while inspiring family, friends, and neighbors at the same time.
A membership gift to The Trustees not only offers opportunities for friends and loved ones to enjoy and learn more about history, culture, and nature, but it will also assist our organization in saving Massachusetts? special places for everyone, forever.
Trustees’ Gift memberships* include:
- Free/reduced admission to the nearly 100 Trustees properties (including significantly discounted parking rates at popular destinations like Crane Beach and World?s End); Discounts on stays at Trustees bed & breakfasts and fees for events, programs, lectures, workshops, & more;
- The Trustees Property Guide, a 200-page guidebook to the organization’s nearly 100 special places – available exclusively to members;
- A year’s subscription to our quarterly member magazine, Special Places, which will keep you up-to-date on important conservation, nature, history, cultural, and environmentally-important topics and events;
- A Trustees window sticker showing your support for the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and non-profit conservation organization; and
- With a gift membership of $100 or more, a Trustees tote bag, perfect for shopping around town.
Founded in 1891 by open space visionary Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations own and manage 99 reservations – nearly 25,000 acres in 70 communities across Massachusetts – all open for the public to enjoy. From mountains and hilltops, to working farms, stately homes and gardens, 70 miles of stunning coastline, and five National Historic landmarks, Trustees properties are tremendously diverse and offer something for everyone. The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 additional acres – a total greater than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts – permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have assisted in the protection of more than 16,000 additional acres.
As land is being developed at the startling rate of 40 acres a day and open space is being fragmented at a rapid pace around the state, The Trustees have embarked on a new 10-year strategic plan to mobilize and inspire a critical mass of people and partners who care about their communities and will work to protect a good quality of life there. Trustees? members are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values: a love of the land, the outdoors, and the distinctive charms of New England, as well as a shared vision: to protect special places for everyone, forever.
*gift memberships can be ordered online or by calling 978.921.1944 (M – F, 9AM – 5PM).