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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 Talk

Tuesday, November 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Orleans Yacht Club

39 Cove Road, Orleans

Discover nature's bounty in your own backyard! Learn about native plant species from naturalist and wild plant enthusiast Russ Cohen, including edible species you can plant in your own yard.

Doors open at 6pm with a cash bar.

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Volunteer Workday

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

135 Quanset Road

OCT is looking for volunteers! For our next workday, we'll be heading out to Twinings Pond Conservation Area to install dug-in timber steps, preventing erosion and making the trail's steep inclines easier on the knees! Volunteers should bring work gloves and water. 

Plan to park and meet at the Twinings Pond trailhead. 

Please contact Lily to sign up and coordinate arrival.


Upcoming Walk

Monday, November 13, 1:30-2:30pm

Peck Property

Join OCT and local historian Ron Petersen for a short walk near the site of the last Indian meeting house in Orleans, sloping down to Namequoit River in a state-designated Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

Meet at the Town parking lot at the end of Peck's Way, off Arey's Lane in Orleans.

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Neighbors in the News

Sipson Island Trust announces that Sipson Island is currently closed to visitors. OCT supporters have contributed toward the acquisition of the island and the rewilding effort. Thank you to all who donated! Read more about the closure and upcoming work here.

Have you visited the Storybook Trail near Ice House & Reubens Pond trailhead on Tonset Road? This .75-mile loop contains a children’s picture book that is taken apart and mounted on a series of stations along the gentle trail. Storybook trails bring together reading and fresh air, with the stations positioned at eye-level for young readers.

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.