Stow Conservation Trust Stow, Massachusetts
Our Mission: To lead in the preservation of Stow's open land and natural and scenic resources
early summer beaver pond
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.
girls flower picking, 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

cyclists starting a ride to raise funds for Stow Conservation Trust

Stow's Annual Bike for the Woods
Come celebrate the Stow Bike for the Woods Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30.

Start and finish at Stow Town Common in front of the Randall Library, Stow, MA At the intersection of Route 117 and 62, at the traffic light Ride will take us past most of the protected land in Stow. Route will have some rolling hills for the shorter rides, and a few big hills for the longer rides. Routes range from 5 to 65 miles.

$15 per rider over 12, $10 per child, for advance registration (20$/$15 for on site registration)

TO VOLUNTEER or for MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: 978-310-1166 or Also visit

Stow Conservation Trust 1977-2017

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.

First Sunday Hike
Experience the beauty of Stow, explore a Stow Conservation Trust property!
Join a “first Sunday of each month” hike, as part of SCT’s 40th Anniversary Year.
The hikes are on break for the summer.

pruners, gloves and branch saw

Stow Conservation Trust Looking for “Stew Crew”

The Stow Conservation Trust is looking for volunteers who like to get out and enjoy the outdoors. We’re putting together a Stewardship Crew who would regularly meet
on the same day (maybe Wednesdays and/or Saturdays) for a couple of hours each time and tackle whatever job needs to be done: trail maintenance, invasive species removal,
storm cleanup, etc. SCT owns seven properties in Stow and manages fourteen more so there’s always something that needs doing. In addition we’ve just had professional
foresters complete Forest Stewardship Plans for most of the properties we own, and they recommend we create some new trails and thin young tree growth to enhance the vitality
of the forests.
If you live near Hale/Corzine, Leggett, Fieldstone, Red Acre, or any of SCT’s other properties, or if you’re an outdoors person who needs a good reason to regularly get outside, now is your chance to help care for some of our beautiful Stow conservation land. Please email or call Eve Donahue 897-3724
or Dick Perkins 897-5297 to join our “Stew Crew”, and thanks!

stewardship volunteers who turned out to make a new loop trail at Red Acre Woodlands, Stow, MA For our first Stew Crew we had a spectacularly successful event, with 10 people working to build the new Beech Tree Loop trail at Red Acre. With that many people it took us less than two hours to complete. Don Rising led the group and here's a list of the others that showed up:

Clif Smith
Cliff Sharin
Bill Wachur
Bill Werner
Bill Hunt
Jack Zettler
Greg Jackson
Craig Michaelson
Eve Donahue

chart of tick images showing black legged (deer) ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks
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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
Like to get out in nature with your camera?
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