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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

Looking toward Little Mill Pond

Tuesday, June 6, 9:30am-11am

Mill Pond Valley

13 Champlain Road, Orleans

Get an up-close look at an area of hydrological significance with active habitat management as we make our way down to Little Mill Pond through one of OCT’s crown jewel preserves, and see the new bog bridges installed by OCT volunteers!

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Volunteer Workday

Friday, June 9, 9:30am-11:30am

203 South Orleans Road, Orleans

Help OCT grow native! Join us in putting in a demonstration garden right here at the OCT office. Our amazing volunteers have removed the turf, and now we're ready for the rewarding part: planting hundreds of native perennials.

Please bring gloves, a trowel or shovel, and water.


OCT Plant Sale

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Saturday, June 10, 10am-noon

203 South Orleans Road, Orleans

Join OCT for our fifth annual plant sale, which will have a native pollinator plant theme. Beautify your garden while supporting native wildlife and pollinators. Proceeds will benefit OCT’s land-saving work!

Plants are being generously provided by OCT members, Lake Farm Gardens, and Greenhouse by the Sea.

Please refrain from showing up before 10 am; our inventory won't be ready yet!

Pollinator Lecture

Tuesday, June 13, 6:30pm

CHO Meetinghouse

3 River Road, Orleans

Co-hosted by Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod Participating Organizations, join us for this special program with Kelly Gill and Julie Michaelson of the Xerces Society who will arm you with the information to make your local landscape and your community more pollinator friendly.

Pollinators are experiencing drastic and widespread declines. The number of species documented as threatened or endangered continues to grow making pollinators a conservation priority across the globe. Protecting these important animals, and the essential ecological services they provide, requires an all-hands-on-deck approach. The good news is you can be part of the solution by contributing to pollinator conservation right in your own yard, neighborhood, town or city through individual actions and/or group initiatives.

Space is limited; registration is required. Attendees are welcome to BYOB (beer and wine only).

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Kelly Gill

Julie Michaelson

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Learn more at

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.