Momentum in Sight

A Trustees Open House Series

The Trustees is launching eight weeks of property tours, Momentum in Sight: A Trustees Open House Series available exclusively to governance members and leadership donors. We invite you to join us at our special places this Fall to meet with our program experts and Executive Team for a peek behind the scenes at projects underway across the state.

Each tour will be an hour in length, and you will have the opportunity to explore the grounds with our own Trustees experts. We are eager to catch up with all of you and share the beauty of Fall in New England. We hope that you will be able to join one, or all, of these exciting tours.

Advance registration is required. To register: please click the link below. Each tour will be limited to 10 guests at a time, and masks will be mandatory. A hand sanitizing station will be available onsite as well. If you have questions, please email

See below for all your descriptions and dates.

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Jewell Hill

Jewell Hill
Ashby, Ashburnham, & Fitchburg
Wednesday, September 23

Jewell Hill, the Trustees’ newest reservation, occupies over 300 acres of rolling hay fields, forest, and Jewell Hill itself, which offers spectacular views of the region, and, on a clear day of the Boston skyline. This quintessential New England farmscape was protected through a complex partnership with three communities, the regional land trust, and with a strong commitment to conservation on the part of the Crocker family, the long-time owners of the farm. Jewell Hill will serve as a four-season destination for hikers, skiers, snowshoers and birders. Participants in the open house will take a hike to the top of Jewell Hill and be able to see the reservation-related improvements being made by the Trustees’ stewardship team as we ramp up to a formal opening of the property in the spring.

Rob Warren Vanessa Farny

Trustees Experts: Rob Warren, Managing Director of Conservation Operations & Programs and Vanessa Farny, Land Conservation Specialist

Armstrong-Kelley Park
Wednesday, September 30

Armstrong-Kelley Park is a beautiful, community-scale public garden and park woodland property located in the heart of Osterville Village on Cape Cod. Owned and managed since the 1930’s by the Cape Cod Horticultural Society, the park is in the process of transitioning to Trustees’ stewardship. The 8.5-acre property will be enhanced with a refreshed garden design and programming built on the foundation created by the Horticultural Society. Visitors will get a guided tour of the park with Trustees’ cultural resources and conservation staff, with an emphasis on the changes embodied in the new master plan completed this spring.

Cindy Brockway David Santomenna

Trustees Experts: Cindy Brockway, Cultural Resources Program Director and David Santomenna, Associate Director of Conservation

Old Town Hill

Old Town Hill & Great Marsh
Wednesday, October 7

Join Lead Coastal Ecologist Russ Hopping and Director of Coast and Natural Resources Tom O’Shea for a loop hike up iconic Old Town Hill and through the salt marsh. Participants will learn firsthand about the Great Marsh, the risks it is facing and the innovative efforts The Trustees is implementing to save the marsh including protection of migration pathways and ditch remediation to save the habitat from sea level rise. Russ and Tom will also discuss efforts to restore grassland habitat and The Trustees coastal strategy priorities more broadly.

tom oshea Russell Hopping

Trustees Experts: Tom O’Shea, Program Director for Coast & Natural Resources and Russell Hopping, Lead Coastal Ecologist

the front of Long Hill surrounded by trees and blue skies

Long Hill
Wednesday, October 14

Join us to see the fall splendor and fresh vistas at Long Hill in October! Senior Horticulturist extraordinaire, Dan Bouchard, and Director of Horticulture, Joann Vieira, will lead you through this magical garden sharing the results of recent work to reclaim distant views to the horizon, as well as plans to refresh and restore internal views and plantings. Evidence of the passion of successive plant collectors, as well as our efforts to catalog this passion, will surround us as we move from room to room within the garden. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Long Hill as the last of the blooming perennials, set against a backdrop of vibrant foliage, celebrate our recent achievements and hail the work yet to be done.

Joann Vieira Dan Bouchard

Trustees Experts: Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture and Dan Bouchard, Senior Horticulturalist

Stevens-Coolidge Gardens with tulips on display and house in background

The Stevens-Coolidge Place
North Andover
Wednesday, October 21

Our guests to The Stevens-Coolidge Place will see all phases of work, from in-design to completed construction, on the Public Gardens Transformation project. Upgrades include new site-wide accessible visitor circulation, new garden rooms building on the property’s existing legacy gardens, conservation of collections items (the most extensive and complete collection under Trustees management), and a new visitor orientation and public programming space. Wear closed toed shoes to walk the new landforms overlooking the new event lawn and Helen’s Meadow.

Joann Vieira Elizabeth Keary Soules

Trustees Experts: Joann Vieira, Director of Horticulture and Elizabeth Keary Soules, Structures & Landscapes Project Manager

Mary Cummings Park
Wednesday, October 28

Discover Mary Cummings Park and experience recent improvements managed by Trustees. Attendees will stroll an accessible trail through developing pollinator meadow, learn about habitat restoration and volunteer engagement efforts, hike the Science & Nature Trail and explore a marsh by boardwalk, and perhaps watch RC planes soar overhead at Flyer’s Field.

Rob Warren David Santomenna

Trustees Experts: Rob Warren, Managing Director of Conservation Operations & Programs and David Santomenna, Associate Director of Conservation

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Wednesday, November 4

Join deCordova Senior Curator Sarah Montross and Curatorial Fellow Sam Adams for an intimate look at new exhibitions in the museum and sculptures in the Park. From large-scale installations to pioneering photography and immaculately crafted objects, we will see how some of the most innovative artists in our region are channeling utopian, mystical, spiritualist, and Indigenous histories in the newly opened exhibitions, Visionary New England and Transcendental Modernism. Please note, this includes an optional indoor tour.

Sarah Montross Sam Adams

Trustees Experts: Sarah Montross, Senior Curator and Sam Adams, Curatorial Fellow

Fruitlands Museum view

Fruitlands Museum
Wednesday, November 18

As of September 4th, Fruitlands Museum is opening our most ambitious schedule of new exhibitions both inside the art galleries and outside on the trails. Join us as we explore, Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the EssenceRecruiting for Utopia: Print and the Imagination and The Native American Gallery has recently undergone a re-installation to better represent the perspective of the indigenous perspective on the objects and artifacts. Please note, this includes an optional indoor tour.

Christie Jackson Shana Dumont-Garr

Trustees Experts: Christie Jackson, Senior Curator, Operations & Programs and Shana Dumont Garr, Curator, Operations & Programs

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