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Attleboro Land Trust
Helping to Protect Our Own Backyard
Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA

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The Attleboro Land Trust is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to keeping Attleboro green.

Lands under our protection as of July 24, 2015: 372 acres owned; 198 acres restricted; 570 acres total.

Join us! Support us!

Membership dues of $25 or donations in any amount may be made online to the Attleboro Land Trust at PayPal.


You don't need a PayPal account--
just a credit card.

  Other ways to get involved are by mail or email.  

Site Stewards Wanted

A site steward is a volunteer who "adopts" one of the Attleboro Land Trust nature preserves, individually or with a group, such as a group of neighbors, church group, youth group, or fraternal organization.

Duties of a site steward:

  • Walk the property on a regular basis
  • Pick up litter
  • Report vandalism
  • Help with routine trail maintenance
  • Assist with special projects

If you are interested, contact us.

Cache Us If You Can!

Geocaching is a great way to get acquainted with conservation lands under the protection of the Attleboro Land Trust.

It's a game anyone can play. All you need is a GPS-enabled cell phone or tablet. Choose your destination online, enter the coordinates into your device, and hunt until you find your hidden treasure. Open the geocache container to find a logbook to be signed and perhaps trinkets to be traded. When you are done, seal the container and leave it where you found it for the next treasure hunter.

The Land Trust and the Attleboro Public Library celebrated Earth Day on Saturday April 23 by teaching 50 participants the skills necessary for geocaching. Parents and their children spent 90 fun-filled minutes walking the beautiful trails at the Colman Reservation--finding Earth Day treasures as well as official geocaches along the way.

This map on the website shows five geocaches that are located on the Colman Reservation. The treasure hunters in this photo have just located a geocache hidden in a holly tree. ALT president Ted Leach was there to help guide them to their next discovery.

Help Us Save 60 Acres of Fields, Forest, and Wetlands in Attleboro! Your support is critical!

Lower field on Richardson land

We are now conducting a public fundraising campaign to acquire this beautiful property on Wilmarth Street.

The Land

  • Located on Wilmarth and Smith Streets in the Chartley Brook watershed

  • To be named for Roger and Deborah Richardson, in whose memory a valuable portion of the land will be donated

The Opportunity

  • Thanks to a very generous offer from the Richardson family, the Attleboro Land Trust has an opportunity to acquire this 60-acre tract, worth over one million dollars, for less than half of its market value.

  • We have been awarded a Conservation Partnership matching grant of $85,000 from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

  • We have received one very significant grant and are applying to other foundations to help support this project.

  • We are conducting a fundraising campaign to seek support from local businesses, private donors, members, and friends in order to realize our goal by June, 2016.

How You Can Help

  • Donate to our campaign to raise funds for this acquisition.

Use the Donate button in the upper left corner of this web page.

or, mail a check to:
Attleboro Land Trust
P.O. Box 453
Attleboro, MA 02703

The Richardson land presents a compelling conservation opportunity.

  • It has a diverse mix of habitats, including upland woods, fields, streams, marshes, swamp, and vernal pools, which is excellent for supporting a variety of wildlife.

  • It includes a reach of Chartley Brook with beautiful associated wetlands; this watershed has long been a city priority for protection.

  • It is an ideal outdoor classroom, and we foresee it being used by the Land Trust, schools, and others such as Mass Audubon for environmental education programs.

  • It is adjacent to more undeveloped land, with the potential for protecting additional acreage in the future, thereby increasing the variety of species that can be sustained.

  • The fields and woods will provide hiking trails and other needed passive recreation opportunities for city residents.

  • The 18th century Joseph Barrows house, which may be the oldest home in Attleboro, will be secured for possible future use, and provides a focal point for interpretation of the history of the land and the city.

  • The fields are ranked as prime farmland or farmland of statewide importance, and they offer opportunities for commercial haying and community gardens.



Vernal pool

Joseph Barrows house

Upper field

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Trail maps for our properties available here.

Coming Events

Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Day

Saturday, April 30 - 9:00 am  - 12:00 noon 
For more information and to register, contact Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary in Attleboro.

City of Attleboro Ten Mile River Clean-Up

Saturday, May 21 - 8:00 am  - 11:00 am 
This event is being coordinated by City of Attleboro Conservation Agent Tara Martin 508-223-2222 x3145.  Meet at the corner of Riverbank Road and Mechanic Street.  Wear work gloves and rubber boots if you have them.  From this meeting point, work parties will be assigned to locations up and down the Ten Mile River.

2015 Corporate and Foundation Sponsors

Attleboro Arts Museum

Lewis & Sullivan, P.C.

Casey Law Offices

Gilmore Insurance Agency

Plymouth Rock Foundation

Briggs Garden & Home Center

Checon Corporation

Leach & Garner

Precision Engineered Products, Inc.

Colonel Blackington Inn

Rotary Club of Attleboro

Reeves Company

Case Materials

Case Snow Management

Art/Set, LLC

Morinís Diner

U.S. Solar Works

Local Links

Check out these links for more local green events and activities...

Attleboro Area Community Garden

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary



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