Trustees of the Reservations

Green Friday at Trustees Locations!

The Trustees of Reservations' Rocky Woodland Trail at Ravenswood Park in Gloucester Massachusetts

Bundle up, buttercup and make a great choice on the day after Thanksgiving, known in Trustees-land as Green Friday! Forget about shopping and head outdoors! This year, The Trustees is supporting REI’s national initiative to close on Black Friday and encourage families to #OptOutside. To celebrate this bold initiative, admission and parking to all Trustees outdoor sites is FREE. Join us: skip the shopping and take the day after Thanksgiving to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family. (Or, dare we say after a busy holiday, even by yourself!)

Appleton Farms Dairy Shares Available!

Dairy shares are now available through Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA!

The The Trustees of Reservations is pleased to announce the launch of a new Dairy Share Program at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA. For the first time since Appleton Farms began milking cows at the farm over ten years ago, the public will be able to purchase a Full or Half Dairy Share with Appleton Farms’ very own farmstead cheese, yogurt, and milk!

Volunteers Needed at Long Hill Gardens!

Volunteers make programs like the children's garden possible at Long Hill Beverl

The Long Hill Flower Fields need volunteers to help with the PYO flower programs and to staff their booth at the Beverly Farmers' Market. Teens and adults can fulfill their community service obligation with these programs.  Come volunteer at this beautiful location and help preserve a wonderful community resource!  Contact Beth O'Grady by email.

Children's Rocky Woodland - a Kid Friendly Trail in Gloucester

The Children's Rocky Woodland at Ravenswood Park is a kid friendly loop trail

Since the The Trustees of Reservations opened the Children's Rocky Woodland at Ravenswood Park, have have walked the trail numerous times. It's a wonderful loop trail that starts at the Nature Center located at the park entrance on Western Avenue and loops around the front of the park to intersect with the Magnolia Swamp Trail. At this intersection you can loop back to the entrance by going right, OR you can go left and continue on to the Magnolia Swamp, which is an adventure in itself.  The option is presented at the perfect time in the hike, because you can ask the members of your exploration team if they want to head back or move on!

Know Your Place: Ravenswood

Discover the natural treasures that Ravenswood park offers up in Gloucester, MA

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to come celebrate “Know Your Place: Ravenswood” month during  November in Gloucester.  Come check out our new Learning and Discovery Center or hike our newest addition to our trail map - the Children's Rocky Woodland!  There are plenty of family oriented events, a new Quest treasure hunt, and our trails are always open for you to come and explore on your own.

Appleton Farms to Start Selling Milk to the Public!

Appleton Farms' grass fed dairy herd produces the finest milk available locally.

You just can't beat a cold bottle of milk from the local farm! Appleton Farms announced today that they have broken ground for a retail shop at the farm where they will sell milk and other dairy products from their grass fed Jersey Cows!   This is a big step for Appleton Farms and is a huge opportunity for North Shore families who are looking for locally produced food. 

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