Announcing our 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Join us on SUNDAY, June 11th (we’re going with the rain date!) at 2pm for our FREE 25th Anniversary Party on the lawn of the Sargent Memorial Library! Singer-songwriter Oen Kennedy will join us for an outdoor concert – he sings of and celebrates every living thing, from slime molds to sycamores, and is an […]
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Announcing our 2023 Annual Meeting – March 21, 7 pm at the Sargent Memorial Library: “Conservation and Stewardship at Mount Auburn Cemetery”

View his powerpoint presentation here and a slide show of David Barnett’s yard in Boxborough through the seasons here – get ideas for native plantings that will promote biodiversity in your own yard! We are excited to announce that Boxborough’s own, David Barnett will be our Annual Meeting Speaker! Join us for this free event, […]
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Jeanne Steele Kangas ~ Friend & Board Member (1940-2023)

We are very sad to share that our board member, Jeanne Steele Kangas passed away last week. She has served on the BCTrust board since May 2003 and has been committed to the preservation of Boxborough’s open land, especially as a lifelong resident who always knew the backstory for many parcels. We will miss her […]
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Run the Runway!

Next weekend, Saturday October 29th – all day free open house at Minuteman Airfield in Stow! Register now for the 5k race at 12:30 or the 1-mile fun run for kids at noon. All of the $ raised benefits the Boxborough and Stow Conservation Trusts! Hot air balloon rides, touch-a-plane, demonstrations, BBQ, live music, kids […]
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Drought Conditions

Boxborough Sustainability Committee  reminds us that we can take steps to conserve water! Boxborough DROUGHT ALERT The Town is experiencing a serious drought, affecting our wells and our common aquifers. Water connects us to one another, so we must protect water resources we share, while caring for ecosystems, such as our springs, streams, ponds, and wetlands. […]
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BCTrust 4th Grade Art Contest Winners!

We were delighted to announce the 3 winners of the 4th grade art contest at today’s Community Meeting at Blanchard Memorial School. Winners are: Evelyn Napolitano (pond), Eila Nelson (deer), and Briella Bloomberg (mushrooms). Thank you to our Art Contest Coordinator, Nicole Bouchard-Tejeiro and her team of judges (Megan Connor, Palmer Moore, Melissa MacGillvray, and […]
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ABRHS Students Shared Conservation Work with the BCTrust at the Sargent Memorial Library on Saturday, 6/4 from 11:00 am to noon

ABRHS students are collecting data on the abundance of an invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, at the Beaver Brook Valley Conservation Area. This effort is a long-term monitoring program between student research and the Boxborough Conservation Trust that documents the human impact on our local environment. Depicted in this photo are 11th graders, Aisha […]
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Thank you Boxborough!

Boxborough votes YES to conserve 95 & 105 Sargent Road! An overwhelming win for conservation!  At Annual Town Meeting on May 10th with just a few votes shy of unanimous, Boxborough made the decision to conserve this valuable prime wooded upland.  It was so moving to see the town come together to support the purchase […]
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Help Save 21 acres of forest in Boxborough!

UPDATE: PLEASE Attend Annual Town Meeting! Warrant Article 23 that is likely to be brought up on the 2nd night of Annual Town Meeting, May 10th, at 7:45 pm, but in order to make sure that happens, we need people to attend the first night also, Monday May 9th for a procedural vote to make […]
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BCTrust’s Annual Meeting: Nature’s Best Hope with Doug Tallamy!

March 29, 2022 at 7:00pm via Zoom – a great success! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Boxborough Conservation Trust’s Annual Meeting – it was free and open to the public, and over 100 people registered, with at least 75 attendees. We began with a brief introduction from our President, and an […]
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Let’s Save 21 Acres in Boxborough!

The Town has been noticed of their right (Right of First Refusal) to acquire 21 acres of open land at 95 and 105 Sargent Road.  The land is currently under agreement to be developed into 5 (ANR/ Approval Not Required) house lots and more could be developed. As the land has been in Chapter 61 […]
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Common Ground is here! Fall/Winter 2021 edition

BCTrust Fall Speaker – November 9th, 7pm

Click here to view the Zoom talk!

Bucky Weaver Art Exhibit / Online Auction!

You may recognize this lovely landscape if you’ve spent time walking in Boxborough. Bucky Weaver (1950-2020) was a beloved Boxborough resident for more than 20 years, and could often be seen tending his garden on Hill Road. Though his passion for gardening was evident, few people knew he was also a talented and prolific painter. An exhibition […]
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I Hiked The Boxborough “30”!

Have you ever wanted to hike every mile of the trails in Boxborough? Now is your chance: earn bragging rights AND a patch or button for completing this challenge! Simply fill out this form with the dates that you’ve hiked, bring the completed form to the Sargent Memorial Library and we will give you your […]
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Spring issue of Common Ground is here!

Thank you for attending our Annual Meeting: Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00pm

Our Annual Meeting began with a brief summary of activities of the BCTrust over the past year, and a vote by our members on the slate of Board members up for election. Our Keynote Speaker was Kristin O’Brien, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) Land Steward, who gave a presentation on how to manage invasive plants. Invasive […]
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BCTrust’s Fall Meeting, November 12, 2020 was a great success!

Dr. Robert Gegear of UMass Dartmouth was our speaker via Zoom, giving participants a lot to think about in terms of what we can do to help protect native plant-pollinator biodiversity in our own backyards. For more information on contributing citizen science data on pollinators like rare species of bumblebees (via the Beecology project) and […]
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BCTrust Newsletter May 2020

Congratulations to the winners of BCTrust’s 4th Grade Art Contest!

The Blanchard Memorial School 4th graders submitted artwork for the BCTrust’s annual art contest, with the theme: “Let it Grow.” All of the entries were beautiful, and are compiled in a coloring book that you can download below.

Saving Elizabeth Brook Knoll

In 2018, SVT and the Harvard Conservation Trust successfully protected Horse Meadows Knoll, a beautiful 47 acres on the Harvard-Boxborough line. Now, the Boxborough Conservation Trust (BCTrust), with SVT’s assistance, has a chance to conserve the adjacent Elizabeth Brook Knoll, a lovely 15-acre property that sits on the Boxborough side of the line.

By protecting Elizabeth Brook Knoll, we’ll be able to extend the trail system from Horse Meadows Knoll and enable everyone to enjoy this lovely landscape.

Elizabeth Brook Knoll and Horse Meadows Knoll sit at the southern edge of what we call the “High Ridge.” This 12-square-mile area in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough is rich with wildlife habitat, abundant native plants, and important sources of drinking water. SVT and other conservation groups are working to protect these resources before they succumb to development pressure.

The conservation of Elizabeth Brook Knoll will further enhance both the recently conserved Horse Meadows Knoll and the Smith Property in Littleton at the north end of the High Ridge.  All are important pieces of the effort to protect this sensitive area.

Can you help put the next piece of the puzzle in place by contributing to the protection of Elizabeth Brook Knoll?

BCTrust has secured an $84,000 state grant that puts a big dent in the $189,000 project cost, and a closing is scheduled for March 22. An additional $76,500 has been committed from other sources including the BCTrust, SVT, the Boxborough Conservation Commission, and the Fields Pond Foundation. But we still need to raise $30,000 to close the gap.  With your support, we can reach our goal and protect this land.

Please donate today:  or

A grant award for Elizabeth Brook Knoll!

The BCTrust is very excited to announce we’ve received a very competitive Conservation Partnership Grant award from the state to help acquire Elizabeth Brook Knoll, almost 16 acres of important woodland and habitat! However, the grant will only fund fifty percent of the purchase. Help close the gap by donating to the BCTrust.

BCTrust will have walks on the property after closing this spring. For the last 21 years, The BCTrust has been involved in protecting over 200 acres in Boxborough, land critical for water, air, wildlife and recreation. We need your help now!