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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

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Wednesday, July 12, 9:30am-11am

Putnam Farm Conservation Area

237 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans


Putnam Farm, acquired by the Town of Orleans in 2010, has become a hub of small-scale agriculture. Learn about what the famers are growing, the diversity of habitats on the property, and the area’s rich history on this short walk. Meet at Putnam Farm, accessed by a dirt drive next to District Courthouse on Rock Harbor Road.


Limited participation. Advanced registration required.

Volunteer Workday

Thursday, July 13, 9:30am-11:30am

Window on the Bay


Join us in our quest to remove invasives at beautiful Window on the Bay. We will primarily be removing bittersweet from two cedars on the property.


Please bring loppers, handsaw, work gloves, and water.

RSVP to alex@orleansconservationtrust.org

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Thank you to our generous members and supporters who have renewed their memberships in June! If you haven't renewed yet, or if you'd like to join us, you can donate online or send a check to our address below. We appreciate you!

Fireflies, or lightning bugs, are not actually flies - they're beetles! Learn more about these dazzling pollinators here, then head to an open meadow habitat to see them light up the night. And keep those outdoor lights to a minimum! Light pollution is one of the leading causes of firefly population decline.

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.