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Visiting and Access to Open Properties
All Trustees properties are once again open to the public. These include our most popular properties which have reopened their outdoor spaces on a controlled basis to provide more access to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Castle Hill in Ipswich, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Long Point Wildlife Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard, Naumkeag in Stockbridge, and World’s End in Hingham are open with a required timed or daily parking pass that will limit overcrowding and keep both visitors and staff safe by staying aligned with the state’s social distancing guidelines. Members can access these properties for free with a timed entry or daily parking pass.
Timed and daily parking passes for all visitors, including Members, must be reserved online ahead of time for these properties. Visitors without these passes will not be allowed to enter. In keeping with the Governor’s most recent order, all visitors above the age of two are required to bring and wear a face covering.
Crane Beach in Ipswich is also open with timed parking passes, and the release schedule for these passes is posted here. Permit holders can access Crane Beach for free with their permit and a daily parking pass. Members can reserve discounted timed entry parking passes according to the pass release schedule.
We know how important it is to get outside, get exercise, and connect with nature in challenging times, and we will continue to work on expanding access to our special places while balancing the need to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this serious virus.
Please check back for regularly for announcements on newly opened properties. FAQs for Timed Entry and Daily Parking Pass
FAQs for Timed Entry and Daily Parking Pass
Closed Properties and Cancellations
The vast majority of Trustees sites are open at this point with social distancing guidelines, including wearing a face covering at all times, in effect.
The Trustees is awaiting further guidance from the state in order to open the interiors of all cultural and historic houses, and museums.
Click here to see a regularly updated list of virtual programs.
Farm Stores and CSA Shares
As of June 9, all Trustees farms are open to visitors with social distancing guidelines in effect. The barnyards will be closed until further notice, in keeping with the Governor’s orders. As an essential operation, agricultural work continues as it has throughout the pandemic, to provide locally-sourced food and provide for the caring and feeding of livestock.
For CSA shareholders, The Trustees will be offering pre-packaged boxed shares and curbside pickup this season. In addition, CSA shareholders can purchase additional locally-sourced food via the new online farm stores. Those who place an order online will be able to pick up the food products during their CSA pickup window.
The Appleton Farms Store is open to everyone with online ordering and curbside pick up, for more information and to place your order, click here.
Safety When Visiting Properties
When enjoying the open properties, The Trustees asks that visitors follow these social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all, and to help keep properties open in these challenging times:
- Wear a face covering at all times if over the age of two unless a medical reason prevents you from doing so safely;
- Stay at least six feet from other visitors, including stepping aside on the trail to let others pass;
- Please keep dogs leashed and away from other visitors at all times;
- If a parking area is full, please come back at a less busy time.
The Trustees continues to ask those who do visit these sites that are open at this time to practice safe social distancing by adhering to these principles, described in the following videos.
At this time, The Trustees is excited to offer in-person summer camp options at the Crane Estate, Appleton Farms, Weir River Farm, and Powisset Farm. In addition, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park will run a virtual version of its summer camp, the hive.
All in person camps will modify their operations to run safely, in accordance with the Governor’s orders for day camp operations. Click here to learn more about The Trustees summer camps this season.
Virtual Events to do at Home
As this situation continues to evolve, The Trustees is monitoring all guidance and recommended best practices to protect visitors, staff, and our special places. This is a difficult time, as individuals, families, schools, and businesses all navigate these uncharted waters together. With this in mind, we have created online content and virtual programs for you to enjoy from the safety of your home, at thetrustees.org/athome, and we will continue to add to this resource in the coming days.
View list of Virtual Programs you can enjoy from home
Membership at The Trustees
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Due to restrictions related to the ongoing pandemic, Membership staff is only able to be in the office on a very limited basis. This means we are experiencing significant delays in processing Membership renewals that were mailed to our office on or after March 25, but we are processing online renewals. If you have recently sent in your renewal, rest assured that your reply form and remittance will be kept in a secure location until we are able to attend to them.