Stow Conservation Trust Stow, Massachusetts
Our Mission: To lead in the preservation of Stow's open land and natural and scenic resources
SCT and the town of Stow conservation trails remain open. Come enjoy the outdoors with your family at any of Stow’s many properties. To find a map of the property: visit the Town Conservation website trails links
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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.
Cyclists ready to go on a ride

Bike For the Woods
The annual Bike for the Woods is a virtual event this year. We are committed to keep everyone safe and comfortable supporting the Trust.

This year as a virtual ride you can ride whenever you want. There will be a socially distant "show and go" ride on Sunday, Aug 16, 2020 starting at Stow Town Hall 375 Great Road, Stow, MA. Please pre-register before showing up. Maps, snacks, and water will be available on the morning of the ride. There is no lemonade stand for 2020.

The ride is to raise funds for the SCT; if you have been enjoying the trails, please consider riding, or making a donation to the Trust to continue their work.

For more information on this event, please follow this link:

art in the woods

Forest Tales at Leggett Woods

Check out Forest Tales at the Leggett Woodlands Nature Discovery Trail. Walk a short distance in from the parking area. There will be a music station on the right (please bring something to wipe the mallets if you want to play). The sculpture garden is a short distance beyond on your left. Observe, tell stories with your children, add a natural sculpture to the rock… Leggett Woodlands is on Whitman St just off Gleasondale Rd
"The forest calls us to listen, art invites us to play."

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“Stew Crew” is going strong

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. Projects include pulling water chestnut on Heathen Meadow Pond, new trails at Red Acre Woodlands, trail head maintenance at Hale/Corzine and creating a loop trail on 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 this 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
  • 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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Last modified July 31, 2020

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