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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.

May Events

John Kenrick Woods Walk

Thursday, May 16, 11am-12:30pm

35 Namequoit Road, Orleans

Join OCT for this historically-rich walk of about 1 mile through a white pine grove; see specimens of the rare American chestnut.

Limited participation; advanced registration required.

Register Here for John Kenrick Woods Walk

Volunteer Opportunities

Invasive Plant Removal at Namequoit Bog

Wednesday, May 8, 9:30-11:30am

Across from 158 Namequoit Rd, overlooking Paw Wah Pond

Join us for a morning of removing invasive phragmites at Namequoit Bog, an old cranberry bog and Atlantic White Cedar swamp. Access is directly across from Paw Wah Pond; volunteers will enter the bog through shallow trenches until they reach the work area. We will then cut the phragmites' seed heads and bag them to remove off-site. 

Volunteers will need waders or tall waterproof boots. Please also bring water and work gloves. Parking can be found at the end of Namequoit Road and in the Paw Wah Conservation Area parking lot further down the road. 

Please contact Tom to sign up and for any questions you may have. 


Garlic Mustard Removal at Cullen Property

Tuesday, May 14, 9:30-11:30am

10 Oliver's Way, Orleans

Join OCT in a garlic mustard removal project at the Cullen Property. Persistent and destructive, garlic mustard is an invasive species you've likely seen all around Orleans, if not in your yard. Before the plant goes to seed later in the season, volunteers can help minimize invasion by learning and practicing control methods.

Please bring work gloves and water. This project has a low intensity, and tools are not needed. 

Parking can be found along Nauset Heights Road. 


Trail Maintenance at Mill Pond Valley

Wednesday, May 22, 9:30-11:30am

13 Champlain Road, Orleans

Spend the morning giving our trails some love at Mill Pond Valley! Following an AmeriCorps Cape Cod workday earlier in the week, volunteers will help support and maintain trail connections. The project may consist of trail grading, pruning, and footbridge/bog bridge reinforcement ahead of the summer season. 

Volunteers should bring water and work gloves.

Please contact Tom to sign up, coordinate tools, and for any questions you may have. 


OCT Office Demonstration Garden Sessions

Do you want more native plants in your home landscape, but don't know where to start? Sign up to volunteer and learn more about OCT's native plant demonstration garden at our office (203 South Orleans Road). As a volunteer, you will be contacted when OCT staff schedules garden maintenance days. Each workday will consist of a short 10-minute lesson that corresponds with the time of year and will be followed by garden work and opportunities to have your questions answered. Email Tom if you are interested in signing up for this program.


Coming Up in June

OCT Plant Sale

Saturday, June 8, 9-11am

203 South Orleans Road, Orleans

Join OCT for our sixth 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!

Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod Talk

Tuesday, June 11, noon

Via Zoom

Learn some pollinator basics, how and why the Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod initiative came into being, and the steps you, your business, and your organization can take to be part of the pathway, creating safe pollinator habitat across Cape Cod.

Presented by Kristin Andres (APCC) and Steve O'Grady (OCT). Stay tuned for registration link.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Walks:

  • John Kenrick Woods (5/16)

Upcoming Talks:

  • Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod (6/11)

At Home with Nature

Nature-friendly practices you can adopt for your yard

Why should I help pollinators?

Pollinators, like bees and butterflies, play a vital role in plant reproduction and ecosystem health. To create a garden that attracts and supports them, choose a variety of native flowering plants with diverse colors and shapes. Provide a water source, and don’t use pesticides to protect pollinators. Plant in clusters to create attractive foraging areas. Incorporating blooming plants throughout the seasons ensures a continuous food supply. Click to learn more about Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod.

Check back monthly for more At Home with Nature tips, and visit our new webpage!

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.