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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.

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

Attleboro Land Trust Spring Clean-up

Saturday, April 16 - 9:00 am  - 12:00 noon
Meet at the Colman Reservation on Steere Street or other locations to be announced. Help clean up litter and prune trails.  Wear work gloves. Rain date: Sunday, April 17, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Earth Day Geocaching Event

Saturday, April 23 - 10:00 am-12:00 noon

Rain or Shine

Co-sponsored by the Attleboro Land Trust and the Attleboro Public Library

Location: Colman Reservation, Steere Street

Following a GPS geocache locator on your phone or a GPS device, participants will be guided by Land Trust members and library teen volunteers on trails through forests, over swamps, into meadows and woodlands to locate 5 hidden treasure chests containing special Earth Day trinkets!

Land Trust members can assist participants in downloading the geocaching app on site but it would help if you downloaded the app in advance. With an android smartphone register for a free user account called C:Geo at For an iphone, install the free app called Geocaching Intro. The “official” app (by groundspeak) charges a one-time fee of $10.00.

Geocaching is super fun activity for kids and adults of all ages. We will be on hand to teach and guide you through the adventure!

Register for the event at the Attleboro Public Library: 74 North Main Street; 508-222-0157 or by email:

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

Morin’s 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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