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The Orleans Conservation Trust protects and restores natural lands — for people and wildlife, the health of our waters, and the character of our community.

Upcoming Walk

Saturday, December 2, 10am-11:30am

Ice House/Reuben's Pond

245 Tonset Road, Orleans

Join OCT for a 1.5-mile walk around two freshwater ponds, focused on migrating waterfowl that stop there. We’ll take part in the 40th Annual Waterfowl Census, a yearly count organized by the Cape Cod Bird Club. Bring binoculars if you've got them!

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Volunteer Workday

Wednesday, December 13, 9:30am-11:30am

135 Quanset Road

OCT is looking to improve water drainage on Twinings Trail system! Supporting previous volunteer efforts in the area, this project will look to protect fall-line trails from erosion issues. Volunteers should bring work gloves and water.

Park and meet at the Twinings Pond trailhead (135 Quanset Road). 

Please contact Tom for sign-ups, questions, and to coordinate arrival.



Hot off the presses: our Fall/Winter 2023/2024 newsletter is here! Enjoy feature stories on our opportunity to protect 37 Eli Rogers Road, our new "At Home with Nature" initiative, new staff, native gardening, and so much more! We've had a wonderfully busy year, thanks to your support of our work.

Fall/Winter 2023/2024 Newsletter
OCT Newsletter Archive

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Walks:

  • Ice House/Reubens's Pond (12/2)
  • Woods Cove (1/25)
  • Kent's Point (2/20)
  • Twinings Pond (3/13)
  • Orleans Watershed (4/12)
  • John Kenrick Woods (5/16)

Upcoming Talks:

  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly" with Larry Dapis (1/9)
  • "Postcards from Plants" with C.L. Fornari (2/27)
  • "Picking Your Battles with Invasive Plants" with Karro Frost (3/26)
  • "Undeveloping Land" with Mark Robinson (4/30)

This year marks the 40th Annual Waterfowl Census, sponsored by the Cape Cod Bird Club. Last year, 26 teams observed 30 waterfowl species across 341 Cape Cod ponds. Learn more here, and join OCT on our census walk!

Orleans Conservation Trust

203 South Orleans Rd.

Orleans, MA 02653

(508) 255-0183

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Orleans Conservation Trust is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1970. Over its 50-year history, the Trust has preserved more than 660 acres in Orleans. Among the most active land trusts on Cape Cod, OCT stewards a range of ecosystems, from freshwater ponds and wetlands to saltmarshes, wooded upland, and coastal grasslands, managing its lands to protect and enhance wildlife habitat, restore native ecosystems, and provide public recreation and education through a network of trails and informational signage. OCT also educates residents and visitors about important natural values and environmental issues in Orleans and around Cape Cod via guided walks, free lectures, its website, newsletter, and other communications.