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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 December 23, 2013: 357 acres owned; 118 acres restricted; 475 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

photo: Charlie Adler

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.

Geocaching 101

Are you and your kids tired of being cooped up all winter?  Are you aching to get outside and explore some great preserved woodlands and meadows in your own ‘backyard’ of Attleboro?  Do you always have your smart phone on you?

Then come join Mason Bourdeau and friends on Saturday, April 12, at 10:00 am in the parking lot of Colman Reservation, located on Steere Street.  Additional parking is available on Virginia Meadows Drive.  Rain Date is Sunday, April 13, at 10:00 am.


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The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches.  You use a hand-held smart phone with a GPS app to guide you to the place where a “cache” is stored.  Upon finding it, you log your visit in a logbook stored in the container, and perhaps trade one of the many contained trinkets for one of your own.  Some of these trinkets may be a “travel bug” with a hoped for destination – which you may help it continue on its way by placing it in another cache.

There are many geocaches in and around the Attleboro area, in fact there are millions of geocaches waiting to be found, scattered through more than 185 countries around the world, several of which are located in the Colman Reservation, and other Attleboro Land Trust properties. 

This is an orientation and walk through.  Even if you do not have a device you are still more than welcome to join in.  If you have a (non-automotive) GPS device or GPS-equipped android smartphone, then register in advance for a free user account at then if you have an android phone, download the free app called C:Geo.  If you have an iPhone, then install the app called Geocaching (by groundspeak) (there is a one-time fee of $10.00 for this app)  There is a free version, but it is limited and only shows SOME caches in the area – and not the ones we will be using for the demonstration.

Bring a pen or pencil, a small trinket to leave, a smile, an explorer's attitude and a willingness to get your hands dirty (yes – some caches require some poking around to find them).  Most of the caches we will find are within a mile of the street and the terrain is easy.

Mason has been Geocaching for about 4 years now and enjoys not only finding them, but also enjoys creating them.  He has deployed 5 caches in the Attleboro area, and has found 71 caches some as far away as Costa Rica, The Netherlands, Maine, and Cape Cod.

Denham Family Donates 28 acres of Land in South Attleboro

The Attleboro Land Trust has received a generous gift of approximately 28 acres of conservation land in South Attleboro. The parcel, to be named the Shaw-Denham Memorial Forest, is located between Pitas Avenue and Jody Way and is bisected by a power line right-of-way that will be familiar to anyone who walks the backwoods in that part of the city. The land was donated by Lois Fournier of Centerville and Charles U. Denham III of Attleboro, in keeping with the wishes of their late father, Charles U. Denham, Jr.

Donors Lois Fournier and Charles Denham III sign deed donating the Shaw-Denham Memorial Forest to the Attleboro Land Trust.  Looking on from left to right are attorney Jim Lewis, ALT President Ted Leach, and ALT Board Member Charlie Adler.


The elder Denham passed away on January 28, 2013, at the age of 100. Charlie Denham was actively involved in the Attleboro community throughout his life through volunteer work for his church, the PTA, the United Way, and the Boy Scouts. He was also known to many in Attleboro through his service for 20 years on the Attleboro Board of Election Commissioners.

This land had been in Charlie's family for generations and he invested much time and effort to secure the title and to find a use for the property that would honor the memory of his ancestors.

Conservation of this land will help to protect the quality of ground water and of the nearby Seven Mile River. Approximately 50% of the land is within Rivers Protection Act buffers, and over 90% of the land is classified as medium-yield aquifer. The land contains a diversity of habitat types, including upland woods, wooded swamp, and streams. These habitats support a wide variety of plants and of resident and migratory wildlife populations. Future plans for the property include public walking trails. At present there is no convenient public access.

The protection of this parcel was made possible through the Massachusetts Land Conservation Tax Credit Program which disburses up to $2,000,000 annually in grants of up to $50,000 per land donation. The Attleboro Land Trust was assisted locally by Attleboro Mayor Kevin J. Dumas, the Department of Planning and Development, the Municipal Council, and the Conservation Commission in meeting the requirements for this program. The office of attorney Jim Lewis provided the pro bono legal work needed for this acquisition. Volunteer Gary Krofta contributed an assessment of the property's natural features. The Attleboro Land Trust is indebted to the donors and to everyone who helped make this acquisition possible.

Visit us at the Flower Show

We'll be there, at the Attleboro Arts Museum, from Thursday, March 20, through Sunday, March 23.

Thanks to all who support our mission of conservation and environmental education!

The Attleboro Land Trust is grateful for the support we have received over the past year from our corporate sponsors and from individual donors.

2013-2014 Corporate Sponsors

Biogen Idec

Briggs Garden and Home

Checon Corporation

Colonel Blackinton Inn (A C Restaurants)

Cryan Landscape Contractors, Inc.

E F Leach And Company

Faulkner Family Foundation

Gilmore Insurance

Glines and Rhodes, Inc

James M. Lewis P.C.

Plastic Craft Novelty Co., Inc

Plymouth Rock Foundation

Precision Engineering Products/PEP Industries

Russell Morin Fine Catering

The Sun Chronicle


2013-2014 Individual Donors

Land Trust Society ($2500+)

Ted and Debby Leach

Don and Laura Ouellette

Land Trust Benefactors ($1000-2499)

Bob and Pam Faulkner

Trail Blazers ($500-999)

Ray and Muriel Larson

Linda LeStage

William and Donna Lewis

Michael and Patricia Murphy

Protectors of Flora and Fauna ($250-499)

Roy Belcher and Bertha Young

Victor and Karen Bonneville

Carole and Richard Harris

Tim and Gloria McGinn

Anne and Mike Newquist

Mike and Lynne O'Brien

William and Melissa Riley


Take a Walk in Our Woods

This recently published guide to walking trails in Attleboro is designed to appeal to kids and their families. Contact us for a free copy.

This publication was created by educator and ALT Director Melissa Riley in collaboration with Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary and the Attleboro Conservation Commission.  It was funded by a generous donation by Al Walker in memory of his dear friend Barbara Corrigan.

Local Links

Check out these web sites for more local green events and activities...

Attleboro Area Community Garden

Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary



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