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.

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.

Don’t hesitate another moment. Donate today!

Or mail a check today to Stow Conservation Trust P.O. Box 397, Stow, MA 01775

We still must raise $300,000 by May 2018 to preserve Carver Hill Orchard.

For more information and to watch our video, click here
The Board of Directors of the Stow Conservation Trust would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who embraced our matching challenge in November and December for the Trust’s Save Stow’s Farms campaign ­ collectively, you met, and even exceeded the challenge.

We are thrilled to report that the matching challenge resulted in donations totaling $67,577, which were matched dollar-for-dollar by a conservation-minded Stow family for a grand total of $135,154.! The response we received from the family funding the matching challenge, SCT members, Stow residents, friends of Carver Hill, and those who care about Stow’s farming legacy truly exceeded our wildest expectations.

With $275,600 left to raise by May, we’ll be continuing our fundraising effort in earnest in the remaining months and welcome any and all forms of assistance you are able to provide.

We continue to accept financial contributions by check to PO Box 397, Stow, MA 01775 or by donating online using one of the links above.

Events to help SCT continue our fundraising:
Tuesdays in February Enjoy a meal: take-out or eat in at Not Your Average Joes in Acton to support SCT. Present this certificate to your server or verbally state your support of SCT’s Save Stow Farms and SCT will receive 15% of your total purchase* every Tuesday during FEBRUARY 2018! (please note: the server MUST BE TOLD of your affiliation with SCT) View certificate (.pdf file)

Register today for SCT’s 20th Annual Run for the Woods
May 20th, 2018 at   $35 for 5K Run or Walk/$15 Kid’s Run 
• $8 discount for pre-registrations received by May 18 plus
• $5 discount for Stow Conservation Trust members
More information
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Save Stow's Farms
Agriculture Preservation Initiative

SCT’s private fundraising campaign to protect key farms in Stow, including Carver Hill Orchard and small farm, is now in full swing, following the passage of significant CPA funding at Town Meeting.

The Stow Conservation Trust has launched an important campaign called “Save Stow’s Farms.” We are working with local farmers to craft cost-effective strategies to preserve their land and help their farms remain viable businesses for the benefit of Stow residents and farmers for generations to come. 

As part of our Save Stow’s Farms initiative, we would like to raise awareness of the importance of all of Stow’s farms. Two current projects under this campaign are the permanent protection of Carver Hill Orchard and small farm. For more information and to watch our video, click here

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“Stew Crew” Year Two

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 cortni.frecha at gmail dot com.
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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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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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