Join us to explore the wildlife and wetlands at our Eagle Reserve in Royalston, MA. Bill Lattrell, wetland scientist and faculty member at the Conway School will lead a discussion of the rich wetland habitat at the 139-acre reserve and Sally Naser, Conservation Restriction Program Manager at Trustees of Reservations will provide a demonstration and discussion of wildlife camera techniques. Download a map.
The Waterworks Museum welcomes Sarah Wells, Director of Land Protection at Mount Grace, for an illustrated talk on our historic Quabbin to Wachusett and Quabbin Heritage land conservation projects, which will protect 4,500 acres of land, including forests and open space that safeguard the drinking water used by two million Massachusetts residents. The presentation will incorporate stories of the participating landowners and feature the Boston area debut of “What The Land Is,” Mount Grace's new movie.
Snacks will be provided. Please RSVP in advance using the form below!
Celebrate Earth Day some more! This time through volunteering for a day of stewardship in Gardner! Mount Grace needs energetic people to help with trail maintenance, installing sign posts, and planting native wildflowers at the Crystal Lake Community Forest. Meet at the parking lot in Heywood Hospital at 1 pm to begin the day, snacks provided. Please bring work gloves if you have them and please register in advance using the form below.
Celebrate Earth Day with a day of stewardship at Skyfields Arboretum! Mount Grace needs energetic people to help with weeding, pruning, and other yard and trail maintenance. Volunteers welcome for all or part of the day. Please bring work gloves. Snacks provided. Please register in advance using the form below.
It was the land that inspired Rise and John Richardson to move to the North Quabbin.
The couple was part of a circle of friends that came to the Mount Grace region from eastern Massachusetts beginning in the 1970s. “We were among the last of our circle to come out here,” says Rise. “But we kept visiting our friends in Athol and Royalston and saying: ‘this is the place.’ We always knew we would raise our kids in the country.”
Land Conservation is a commitment to protect the places we cherish now and into the future. Now, more than ever, Mount Grace needs community support to protect cherished local landscapes. We invite you to consider the planned giving options you can use to support Mount Grace while meeting your own financial needs.
Legacy gifts can help you:
Barbara Corey (together with her late husband, Roger) are Mount Grace members #3. Barbara served on the Mount Grace Board a total of 12 years, from 1989-1993 and 1999-2007; perhaps the longest of any person. Appropriately, her photo is on the cover of Mount Grace’s first newsletter in 1990; Volume 1, Number 1.
Jason Hakkila’s grandmother always wanted him to have “a little chunk of land to build a house on,” ideally on the Phillipston land that has been in the family for three generations.
Jason took that wish to heart, building his own home, working mostly solo from 7am-noon and then midnight-2am each day sandwiched around his second shift job with the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Department. “My best friend’s a plumber and my neighbor’s an electrician, so that really helped, but most of the rest I did myself,” he explains.
The conservation areas Mount Grace owns comprise 1,700+ acres of diverse landscapes, including miles of trails that are open to the public. To make it easier for people to enjoy places like these, our stewardship team is creating a set of maps for our public trails, and has been upgrading the signage at our public conservation areas.
Mount Grace encourages all our members and neighbors to enjoy the thousands of acres we have worked together to protect, including: