TerraCorps partners all have one thing in common…LAND
Whether our missions are focused on land conservation, urban agriculture, food justice, land access, or revitalization – and a few of us do them all – LAND is the common thread that ties us together in our work.
Berkshire Natural Resources Council‘s mission is “To protect and preserve the natural beauty and ecological integrity of the Berkshires for public benefit and enjoyment.” BNRC has been protecting land in Berkshire County for 50 years. BNRC own nearly 11,000 acres in fee, containing over 50 miles of maintained trails and is responsible for protecting an additional 11,000 acres of land in Berkshire County through perpetual Conservation Restrictions with private land owners. In addition, BNRC recently launched its High Road initiative which envisions a county-wide trail network connecting towns to nature and ecology, for the benefit of residents and visitors.
Boston Nature Center-Mass Audubon is a community-based education center and wildlife sanctuary located in the heart of Boston, in the Mattapan neighborhood. Its all-inclusive programs promote scientific thinking and ecological learning and are offered on-and off-site, often in collaboration with our many community partners. Intensive school initiatives, licensed preschools, outreach programs, nationally-accredited camp programs, Youth Leaders program, and public programs are some of the offerings we provide. BNC features the City of Boston’s first green municipal building and is comprised of 67-acres which includes wetlands, meadows, and forests.
Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon in Worcester serves as Mass Audubon’s regional hub for the Central Sanctuaries in Worcester County, and Wachusett Meadow (WM) Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton serves northern Worcester County. Broad Meadow Brook is New England’s largest ‘in-city’ wildlife sanctuary, and WM is Mass Audubon’s largest staffed sanctuary in central Massachusetts. Donated by the Crocker Family in 1956, WM is a former farmstead that offers spectacular scenery and supports abundant wildlife throughout woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. At both BMB and WM, our goal is to build an environmentally healthy and literate community by taking an active, leadership role in resource management, advocacy, and conservation education at all levels.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon is one of nearly 60 Mass Audubon sanctuaries and protects over 800 acres of conservation land along the Charles River in the MetroWest area of Greater Boston. Sustainable stewarding of our natural environment for resilience, connecting people and nature through education and advocacy, and collaborating with nearby cities, towns and other conservation organizations on land protection and management are key aspects of our mission. Sustainable design of our nature center serves as an award winning model. The team at Broadmoor also works to protect and steward over 400 additional acres in the nearby towns of Holliston and Hopkinton.
Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and sustainable use and enjoyment of our irreplaceable Bay and its watershed. The Coalition works to improve the health of the Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy. The Watershed Protection Department within BBC advances land conservation, land stewardship and habitat restoration activities throughout the watershed of Buzzards Bay. BBC holds a total of 42 conservation easements (2,272 acres) and owns and operates a series of 5 publicly accessible river and bay reserves totaling over 700 acres.
CitySprouts is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop, implement and maintain beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the academic curriculum, CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment. Based in public elementary and middle schools, CitySprouts School Partnership Program works closely with teachers to establish experiential learning and integrate garden-based education into school culture. The CitySprouts Middle School Program curriculum is grounded in scientific inquiry, engineering practices and understanding food systems. CitySprouts’ serve more than 7,000 students and 300 teachers in 21 public schools in Boston and Cambridge.
The East Quabbin Land Trust works to foster the sustainable use of our natural and historic resources for the benefit of all generations through the conservation and stewardship of the farmlands, woodlands and waters in our region of Massachusetts. We envision a regional community that continues to care for its natural environment and supports a sustainable local economy, ensuring a high quality of life for generations to come. The work of the East Quabbin Land Trust is focused in central Massachusetts, an area with a diverse landscape of rivers, villages, rolling farmland, forested highlands, wetlands and working communities. The small staff and dedicated volunteers at the East Quabbin Land Trust are mission-driven, always striving to engage more people of all ages and abilities in the care and conservation of our lands. We take risks, we try new things, and we have fun doing this work as we make lasting changes.
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is a private non-profit stewardship organization founded in 1998 with the mission to restore and improve the Emerald Necklace for all. The Conservancy connects people with the Emerald Necklace parks and uses projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the 1,100 acres of landscape, waterways and parkways extending from Boston’s Back Bay through Brookline and Jamaica Plain to Franklin Park in Dorchester. The Conservancy works in collaboration with its partners to restore, improve, maintain, and protect this iconic urban landscape through advocacy, maintenance and restoration, education and access, and volunteer and youth stewardship programs.
Full Circle Earth promotes and practices Organic Land Care and other Sustainable Solutions while creating rewarding vocational/educational opportunities for people of all abilities with an emphasis on community inclusion and equity for all. Currently, FCE is an all volunteer run non-profit organization seeking to build capacity in order to successfully achieve our vision. We are truly fortunate to have constructed an Environmental Education Greenhouse on an amazing Trustees of Reservations property, Long Hill Reservation. This magical space provides an empowering landscape to facilitate the mission and objectives of FCE for the whole community. We are also fortunate to have a small office space on the Endicott College Campus which acts as our office location.
Gardening the Community (GTC) is a food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture, and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities. GTC plays an important role in Springfield’s food justice movement, working to create more access to healthy food, and building toward an equitable local food system. Youth development and urban agriculture are at the center of this work, with youth leadership development built into all levels of the organization. GTC works with youth to grow food on vacant lots and organizes to expand healthy, affordable food access in the Mason Square neighborhoods of Springfield.
Grow Food Northampton strengthens the local food economy by giving everyone tools to participate in it. We provide access to land and other resources to farmers and community gardeners, bring farmers and customers together at our thriving downtown farmers’ market, and educate over a thousand children each year through a series of farm field trips and in-class cooking workshops. Our commitment to addressing inequity in the food system is woven throughout these programs and is the sole purpose of our Grow Food Shares programs, which offer low-income families many affordable access points to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Our 121-acre farm and office are located in Florence, a village of Northampton, MA.
Growing Places works to connect the community through ‘real’ food. GP was founded in 2001 as a private nonprofit organization to donate raised-bed vegetable gardens to low-income individuals in North Central Massachusetts in response to the high levels of poverty, hunger, food insecurity, health disparities and limited access to fresh, affordable and healthy food in the region. As we have strengthened our connection to and understanding of the community’s need, we have expanded beyond simply donating garden materials to creating long-term, sustainable changes that focus on increasing fresh food access and environmental sustainability for those with compromised social determinants of health.
Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon is a 90-acre urban oasis that has been devoted to environmental education since 1970. Just seven miles from down town Boston, Habitat offers diverse educational programs for all ages on and off-site. Habitat has an active and inclusive volunteer community that is involved in stewardship of: gardens, goats, trails, woods, meadows, ponds, and a wide variety of wildlife. Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers.
Hilltown Land Trust‘s mission is to protect land and promote ecological diversity and health, respectful land stewardship, historic character and natural beauty in the Hilltowns of western Massachusetts. Hilltown Land Trust (HLT) serves thirteen rural towns in western Massachusetts, in which it holds 34 conservation restrictions and owns 9 properties protecting over 4,000 acres. HLT maintains active hiking trails at three properties with development of a fourth property coming in the next year. In 2010, HLT and The Trustees of Reservations launched a partnership to combine the efforts and resources. HLT and The Trustees continue to function as independent entities, but now collaborate to increase the pace of land conservation in the Hilltowns.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon in Topsfield is one of the largest and most popular sanctuaries in Mass Audubon’s statewide system. The sanctuary’s staff provides educational programs to more than 14,000 school children annually, and serves an additional 650 children annually through camp and school vacation programs. The Sanctuary attracts thousands of visitors who participate in programs and events, such as maple sugaring, canoeing, and the Nature Festival, and is visited by an additional 25,000 people a year who simply want to enjoy the sanctuary. The staff at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary also help to maintain a network of sanctuaries throughout the North Shore.
Just Roots is a nonprofit community organization located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. We began in 2008 as a grassroots group of concerned citizens looking to promote vegetable gardening and grow food on municipal land. Our goal is to increase knowledge about and demand for local food in Franklin County. The Greenfield Community Farm is the centerpiece of our work. Our mission is to “increasing access to healthy, local food by connecting people, land, resources and know-how”, and we work to uphold the three pillars designated by our community: food, education and community.
Since 1970, Kestrel Land Trust has conserved and cared for forests, farms, and riverways in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, while nurturing an enduring love of the land. Kestrel has conserved more than 25,000 acres throughout Amherst, Northampton, and their surrounding communities, and we are responsible for stewarding 3,000 acres of protected lands. Throughout our history, we have partnered with landowners, governmental agencies, citizen groups, and other organizations to protect farmland, woodlands, wildlife habitat, water resources, historic landscapes, and scenic vistas throughout the Valley.
Mass Audubon Conservation Science Department coordinates research, land management planning, and statewide bird conservation efforts. We design and implement habitat restoration projects, partner with academic researchers and citizen scientists to monitor declining species, and lead statewide and regional efforts to identify and protect the most imperiled birds and other wildlife. Mass Audubon protects 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary-Mass Audubon, located in Sharon, MA, is Mass Audubon’s first sanctuary established in 1916. Today, Moose Hill encompasses 1,971 acres of forest, fields, and wetlands with long standing traditions and new, innovative programming. We provide opportunities for visitors to hike our 25 miles of trails, for participants to enjoy diving deeper in school and group programs; children, family and adult programs; special events to highlight seasons; and a summer day camp that is entering its 70th season.
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust(Mount Grace) conserves significant farms, woodlands, and wild areas of North Central and Western Massachusetts for the benefit of the environment, the economy, and future generations. Mount Grace has worked collaboratively to protect more than 33,000 acres of land in our twenty-three-town region comprised of small rural communities and larger urban centers. We are nationally recognized for projects that conserve entire landscapes and watersheds and for creating innovative conservation solutions that keep farmland undeveloped and affordable for farmers. We partner with community groups and schools to ensure that everyone has access to the outdoors and to meaningful experiences in nature. Mount Grace also fiscally sponsors two unique partnerships: the North Quabbin Regional Landscape Partnership and the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance.
Mount Grace founded TerraCorps as a pilot program back in 2008 and helped to spin it off to an independent nonprofit organization in 2018.
Museum of American Bird Art-Mass Audubon (MABA) is a family-friendly, professional art museum set on a 121-acre wildlife sanctuary with 2 miles of trails and is located 15 miles south of Boston in Canton. MABA’s mission is to connect people with nature through art and nature-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs. Onsite and offsite education, including our innovative Wild at Art summer camp, programs serve children adults, families, and school and community groups. MABA offers unique exhibitions and programs that explore the wonders of birds and the human creative capacity.
Natick Community Organic Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit, certified-organic farm with ambitious agricultural and environmental mission of providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round. Located on 27 acres of conservation land since 1975, NCOF is an integral part of the Town of Natick’s geographic and agricultural landscape and a rich center of community life. Over 20,000 visitors come to the farm every year for educational programs, informal visits, and hands-on learning. Thousands of students, volunteers, and community members spanning several generations have now been introduced to the importance of open productive space, organic agriculture, and supporting local farms and farmers.
New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) applies its core expertise in conserving forestland and advancing Exemplary Forestry to help the people of New England to sustain their way of life, protect forest wildlife habitat and ecosystem services, and mitigate and adapt to climate change. Now in its 75th year of operations, NEFF owns more than 29,000 acres of land and conserves another 1.1 million acres through conservation easements.
North County Land Trust is a regional Land Trust founded in 1992 to serve the conservation needs of 15 communities in north central Massachusetts. Our mission is to conserve the farms, forests and landscapes that define the character of our region. We assist private landowners with land preservation strategies; we partner with cities, towns and other non-profit organizations to preserve valuable land in a way that benefits the long-term health of our communities, which can include preserving farmland for local agriculture and city parks where families can gather. We consider it part of our charge to educate and respond to the needs of all children and adults who make up the socio-economically diverse communities we serve. Our office is located on conservation land owned by the Trustees of Reservations in Leominster, MA.
Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon, located in Attleboro, is one of three urban nature centers in the Mass Audubon family. Oak Knoll’s mission is to inspire the community to appreciate and steward nature though meaningful hands-on educational experiences. As it has for the last 20 years, Oak Knoll uses place based education to engage the over 10,000 yearly visitors and over 9,500 yearly program participants. By inspiring our community to appreciate and conserve we further the mission of Mass Audubon to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience nature no matter their age, background, or ability.
The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 with the mission to acquire, manage and protect natural areas in Marion for the benefit of the public. SLT now protects 1,350 acres of open space and its properties are open to the public for the enjoyment of recreational pursuits. SLT has 50+ properties and 10+ miles of trails, and sponsors walks, educational workshops and special events throughout the year to connect visitors with our properties. SLT properties are open to the public for the enjoyment of recreational pursuits.
Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance (SEMPBA) is a 501c3 not for profit organization that is directed and managed solely by volunteers. SEMPBA formed in 2013 when a group of citizens realized that Plymouth, Massachusetts is in the heart of a globally rare and richly bio–diverse ecoregion named by the United States Geological Survey as the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens. Our mission is to raise awareness and promote the restoration, management, conservation and protection of the world’s second largest remaining coastal pine barrens.
Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations. We care for some of this region’s most important forests, wetlands, and grasslands—natural areas that support wildlife habitat, working farms, and recreational trails. As of 2018, SVT cares for more than 4,800 acres on 89 reservations and 75 Conservation Restrictions and maintains more than 55 miles of trails. We collaborate with numerous partner organizations, and our work is supported by 2,900 members and 200 volunteers. Our headquarters is located in an old farmhouse on a lovely 53-acre property with views of field and forests.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the land and water on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy began when leading scientists, committed citizens and dedicated leaders came together with a shared vision to protect and care for nature. From our first land purchase to our latest water fund, we are constantly evolving to bring innovative solutions to the challenges facing our world. In Massachusetts, we’re working with diverse partners to bring back healthy rivers, estuaries and fisheries; protect forests and the benefits they provide; transform the city landscape; and fight the causes of climate change, while working with communities to use nature to adapt to its impacts.
Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary- Mass Audubon is a 481-acre landscape of cold-water streams, ponds, forest, and woodlands. Once a working cranberry farm, this landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast. Its previous owners, the Schulman Family, along with many other organizations, re-created nearly three and a half miles of meandering stream channel, sculpted the land’s surface, and removed nine dams to reconnect the headwaters of Beaver Dam Brook to the ocean. Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public in January 2018. In the first year we welcomed over 35,000 visitors, launched public and school programs, created and enhanced trails, and continued to restore habitats across this amazing landscape.
The Wareham Land Trust’s mission is to conserve Wareham’s open space and natural resources, to unite citizens in a common goal of conservation and responsible land use, and to educate the public about the environmental and economic benefits of protecting open space and promoting sustainable development. The Wareham Land Trust is guided by a group of hard-working volunteer board members and supported by individuals and organizations throughout Wareham and the neighboring communities.
The Wildlands Trust works throughout Southeastern Massachusetts to conserve and permanently protect native habitats, farmland, and lands of high ecological and scenic value that serve to keep our communities healthy and our residents connected to the natural world. We envision a future where open land is abundant, our water is clean, and forests, farms, wetlands, fields, ponds, and coastal areas are commonplace sightings on our landscape. Founded in 1973, Wildlands Trust is one of the largest and oldest regional land trusts in Massachusetts and has helped to ensure the protection of 8,500 acres of natural and agricultural lands.