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.

Please Join Us

Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper
Saturday, November 17, 2018 Stow Community Center

Featuring “Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls”
a presentation by Norman Smith

Norman Smith is Director of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum and the Norman Smith Environmental Education Center and is a self-taught naturalist who has worked for the Massachusetts Audubon Society since 1974.

Families with children aged over 4 years are encouraged and welcome to participate for all or part of
the program.

Program Schedule:
2:00pm: Welcome and Presentation Norman Smith - “Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls”
(approx 45 minutes indoors followed by 45 minutes outdoors)
3:40pm: Warm Up Social Hour - Hot beverages, beer, wine and cider “Next Generation” Conservation Recognitions 4:30pm: Pot Luck Supper, Business Meeting, Stow Wildlife Images,Awards/Appreciations
6:00pm: Adjourn

Farm Fest June 2018 @ Carver Hill Orchard!

Three cheers for Stow! What a turnout on Saturday, June 2nd for Farm Fest 2018. Photos on Facebook The event brought ~400 people together to celebrate not only the success to-date of the Save Stow’s Farms initiative, but also the hometown commitment and good cheer of Stow residents and supporters.
Thank you - and stay tuned as we continue to work with partners like the Stow Conservation Department to protect Stow’s farms.

collage of photos from Farm Fest 2018.
photos by Sandra Grund

And check out our events section above for more relaxing outdoor explorations, family fun activities, or other gatherings such as the Bike for the Woods happening right here in Stow on August 26, 2018.

Donate TODAY to SCT’s Save Stow Farms Initiative:
All donations to the Stow Conservation Trust will go toward the Save Stow's Farms initiative, with the first priority to protect Carver Hill Orchard! If, for whatever reason, your generous gift is ultimately not needed for Carver Hill, it will be applied to our next Save Stow's Farms project.
Gifts made to SCT are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Save Stow's Farms is a multi-year innitiative.
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Town of Stow Awarded $275,000 for Carver Hill Orchard Protection

The Stow Conservation Commission and Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) are ecstatic to announce that the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs has just awarded the Town of Stow’s Conservation Commission a $275,000 grant toward the protection of Carver Hill Orchard. These funds have been made available through the state LAND grant program, which helps cities and towns acquire land for conservation and passive recreation purposes.

This grant, combined with Community Preservation Funds approved by Stow Town Meeting in May 2017, more than $300,000 in individual and foundation gifts raised through SCT’s Save Stow’s Farms initiative, and a generous discount from the Lord family, completes fundraising for the Carver Hill Orchard protection effort. The permanent Conservation Restriction protecting Carver Hill is expected to be finalized in June 2018.

Bob Wilber, President of Stow Conservation Trust, expressed thanks on behalf of SCT to the hundreds of residents of Stow and beyond who contributed to this success, and noted that the Trust’s efforts to protect Stow’s important working farms will continue through the Save Stow’s Farms initiative. Kathy Sferra, Stow Conservation Coordinator, who received the call from EOEA officials this week, said it was the best news the effort could have hoped for.
“This was our bottom of the 9th inning, grand slam home run,” said Sferra.

An event celebrating Carver Hill’s protection will occur in early summer 2018.

For more information contact: Kathy Sferra, Stow Conservation Coordinator, 978-897-8615

Bob Wilber, President, Stow Conservation Trust, 781-259-2155

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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 2018 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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photo from
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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