Green Gift Idea for the Holidays

Green Gift Idea for the Holidays Support Your Favorite "Green Place" with a Gift Membership to a Nonprofit organization like The Trustees of Reservations

Contact Information

John Bradley
Director of Membership
978.921.1944 x1859

Media Inquiries
Kristi Perry
Public Relations Manager

Beverly, MA – With the holidays fast approaching and many of us feeling uncertain about the state of the economy, holiday shopping might seem more daunting this year than last. For those who are feeling thrifty but still want to find something lasting and creative for a special someone, why not consider giving a green gift that supports a worthy organization while bringing joy to a loved one at the same time?

Trends show that more and more people are giving gifts that support meaningful causes, programs, or campaigns as alternatives to traditional gifts. Whether you are giving a gift made from natural materials, an animal to help feed or employ a family in a developing country, or a gift membership to a conservation organization, the opportunities are endless when you give the “gift of green.”

A gift membership to an organization such as The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation organization, makes the perfect gift for that special someone who loves the outdoors and cares about protecting the places that define the character of our communities. With individual gift memberships starting at $45 ($35 for students and seniors), your gift not only provides free access to 100 stunning reservations spanning 25,000 acres in 71 communities across Massachusetts, but it also assists The Trustees in protecting more special places for the public to enjoy around our beautiful state. Trustees’ Gift memberships* include:

  • Free/reduced admission to 100 Trustees properties (including significantly discounted parking rates at popular destinations like Crane Beach in Ipswich and World’s End in Hingham);
  • 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 200-page guidebook to the organization’s 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 any gift membership order placed before January 15, 2009, a free Trustees of Reservations 16-oz. stainless-steel travel mug.

Founded in 1891 by open space visionary Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations own and manage 100 reservations, 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, 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 their quality of life. 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 at or by calling 978.921.1944 (M – F, 9AM – 5PM).