Stow Conservation Trust Stow, Massachusetts
Our Mission: To lead in the preservation of Stow's open land and natural and scenic resources
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Support SCT by becoming
a Red Acre Woodlands Boardwalk Sponsor.
While no saying is too small, you can request up to three lines (in a space of 2"x 4") for a donation of $50.00. Download a request form here.
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Annual Meeting and potluck
Saturday, November 16, 2019
6:00 ­ 9:00 p.m.
Stow Town Hall

6:00pm: Social Hour ­ snacks, hot and cold beverages.
7:00pm: Potluck Local Dinner, Business Meeting, Guest speaker, Awards.

To coordinate Potluck food item (snack/entre/salad/dessert), please email SCTpotluck at gmail dot com

Guest Speaker: Glorianna Davenport
From Cranberry Farm to Wildlife Sanctuary: An Owner's Journey

Glorianna will tell the story of Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth - the site of the largest ecological restoration ever in the northeastern U.S. This ambitious project involved removing a dozen dams and reestablishing a diverse wetland landscape that existed there prior the property's conversion to a cranberry farm more than a century ago.

Glorianna Davenport is a Trustee of Tidmarsh Farms, a former 610 acre cranberry farm property now owned by Mass Audubon and the Town of Plymouth, and founder and President of Living Observatory, a collaborative learning initiative focused on documenting, interpreting and revealing aspects of ecological change as it occurs prior during and following the ecological restoration of former cranberry farms, including the Tidmarsh Farms Restoration Project, the largest freshwater wetland restoration to date in Massachusetts (completed in 2016). Glorianna is currently a Visiting Research Scientist in the Responsive Environments group at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, where she was a founding member (1985) and directed the Interactive Cinema group (1987-2004) and the Media Fabrics group (2004-2008).

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Forest Tales at Leggett Woods

Join us Sunday, November 17, 2019, 11:00 am
for the opening of Leggett Woods' newest area:
"Forest Tales Path"
Sculptures by Linda Hoffman
Poem read by Susan Richmond

Kids' Activities, Refreshments
Leggett Woods is located off Whitman Street

"The forest calls us to listen, art invites us to play."

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“Stew Crew” Year Three

Our Stew Crew consists of Stow residents who enjoy the outdoors and are enthusiastic about keeping it in good condition for others to also enjoy. We spend a lot of time creating and maintaining trails, thinning overgrown forests, and clearing invasives from our conservation areas, following the advice and recommendations of our official Forest Management Plans for each of our properties. This year we built two new trails at Red Acre Woodlands, re-routed a trail out of a wet area on Whitney Field, cleared invasive garlic mustard at Leggett, and created a loop trail on our newest property, the Shepherd Memorial Woodlands, adjacent to Captain Sargent.

Thanks to all who participate!
If you want to join the Crew, email us at

Like to get out in nature with your camera?
If you have a photo or photos you would like to contribute for use on the header of this page send an email to our Web Administrator
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Let 2019 be your year of involvement in SCT

Volunteer with SCT

Volunteer opportunities with SCT to help protect our open space and rural character. Stow Conservation Trust is a 100% volunteer organization. You can help with:

  • Fundraising for Save Stow Farms Initiative
  • Publicity and sponsorship for the Run for the Woods,
  • Development of a Nature Discovery Trail for toddlers on the Leggett Property,
  • Land and trail maintenance,
  • Organizational needs…
Please contact Janet Moffat at moffatjando at
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Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease
Unfortunately, the deer tick population is increasing in our area of Massachusetts, not only out in the woods (where they are very prevalent) but also in our yards, golf courses, and orchards. Not all deer ticks carry the Lyme disease bacteria, but some do. (They need to pick up the bacteria from an infected host animal, typically a white-footed mouse or chipmunk.) As a result, everyone in Stow, not just hikers on our many, wonderful SCT trails, needs to be informed about the hazards of deer ticks, how best to avoid being "bitten," and what to do if you, a member of your family, or your pet has been bitten.
Read article by Allan Fierce

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