Stow Conservation Trust Stow, Massachusetts
Our Mission: To lead in the preservation of Stow's open land and natural and scenic resources
autumn beaver pond with fog and red leaves

Monthly Hike: Nov. 19 Shepherd Memorial Woodlands

Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease
SCT Land Use Policy

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:

We need your help today to protect Carver Hill Orchard.
A generous matching grant from a conservation minded Stow family is now available to the Stow Conservation Trust in order to raise $100,000
by year’s end.

Your gifts to the Save Stow's Farms campaign between now and December 31st will be matched dollar for dollar -- meaning that for every $1 contributed, the Trust will receive $2 toward the completion of the fundraising campaign for Carver Hill. Everyone who contributes $250 or more will receive a free Save Stow's Farms baseball cap. Thank you for your generous support!

Since we announced the matching grant in November we have received donations totaling $29,000! With the match, we only have $21,000 left to raise to meet our year-end goal.

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to those who have donated and ask those who haven’t yet given or would like to give again to donate TODAY to the Save Stow’s Farms Initiative.

orange tree, tractors, Save Stow Farms
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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Forty Years of Conservation
Stow Conservation Trust (SCT) is turning 40 in 2017. To celebrate, we are organizing 40 small events to encourage people to get to know SCT and get outdoors. We are looking for volunteers to help organize the events. For more information contact Carol Gumbart at 978-505-0189.

Opening Shepherd's Memorial Woodland Trails
Sunday, January 21:
Opening Hike on the Shepherd’s Memorial Woodland
Join us on our opening hike to the Shepherd Memorial Woodlands, recently purchased in partnership with the Stow Conservation Commission and named in tribute to Tom Shepherd, our long time SCT director. Meet at 2 pm at the Captain Sargeant Parking Lot on South Acton Road. The hike will be approximately 4 miles long, crossing 2 Eagle Scout projects and getting beautiful glimpses of the beaver pond.

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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

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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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Let 2017 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:

  • Helping SCT have a presence on Facebook
  • 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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