Program areas at The Trustees of Reservations
Property stewardship - The Trustees owns and manages a statewide system of special places called "Reservations". Over 26,000 acres on more than 100 properties from The berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts to The beaches of ipswich, and The islands of nantucket and martha's vineyard - all of which are open for public use, education, and enjoyment. The care of these properties is handled by over 100 employees skilled in landscape management, horticulture, arboriculture and historic resources. Over two million people visit The Reservations each year to walk, swim, farm, camp, paddle and enjoy The outdoors with family and friends.
Resource protection and planninghistoric resources - historic resource staff members are responsible for The stewardship and presentation of The Trustees' historic properties including 6 national landmarks, historic house museums, archival and object collections, gardens and designed landscapes. The department also advises on projects of an archaeological nature where appropriate. Structural resources - The structural resource program works with regional and administrative staff to understand The needs of The Trustees' more than 250 buildings and structures. They develop stratgies to replace deferred maintenance with predictable scheduled capital renewal. The department also provides building resources, develops policy and advises in The oversight of building projects.
Education and engagement - through an average of 5,000 programs per year, The Trustees has developed a focused education initiative using its Reservations for engaging The surrounding communites in place-based education. The goal of The educational outreach is to provide programs that will promote The communities' understanding and appreciation of their natural and cultural resources. The program also strives to develop The next generation of conservationists with a focus on engaging youth and diverse, urban audiences in major population centers.