News & Events


Mushroom Walk -- October 3, 2015  10:30 AM 

The Harvard Conservation Trust will host a mushroom walk and talk October 3, at 10:30, beginning at 56 Stow Road.  Join mushroom enthusiast Al Ferry for a walk in the woods to learn about Harvard’s fabulous fungi. The walk will take place rain or shine, except for a major downpour. Parking is available. For more information, call Abbe Alpert at 978-456-6892.

Saturday, September 26th
 from 9 AM to noon.

Help Pick Apples for Community Harvest Project!
Community Harvest Project is an organization that supplies food banks throughout Worcester County.

Due to logistics, we are limited to 35 volunteers, and volunteers must be at least a high school freshman.  No prior apple picking experience is required.  If you are interested in helping, please reply to and let us know how many people will be volunteering.

We hope you will join us in supporting this very worthwhile cause.

Sunday, Sept 13, Start time: 10:00 AM

6th Annual Run-For-The-Hills 5K Trail Run
34 Lancaster County Road
Harvard Park and McCurdy Track
This is a fun and beautiful way to get out and enjoy our woods.

Registration information: 


"Greenway Heroes: Profiles in Land Conservation” will have a free showing Wednesday night, August 19th7 – 8 PM at Fruitlands Museum in the Wayside Room
as part of Fruitlands “Food for Thought Film Series.”

This 10 minute film produced by Pepperell resident Susan Edwards and co-directed by Westford resident Joy Reo tells the inspiring stories of three landowners who donated, sold or set up conservation easements to protect their family land for the common good.  The film features interviews with Harley Holden of Shirley, Tom Jarvela of Townsend and Leigh Hudson of Princeton.  For additional information about the film please view the web page -


Ongoing Events: 

Take our Trail Challenge and win a prize!
The weather is finally warm, the trails have been surveyed, and there are control punches and/or instruction cards in the appropriate places.  All is ready for people to take on the Challenge!

Recent Events:

Winterfest! Saturday, February 7
at Fruitlands Museum Read more here

The Trust’s Annual New Year’s Day Walk was held on the trails at Fruitlands Museum.   Click here for more

Annual Meeting - November 19.  Mary Holland returned as featured speaker.  See photos

Run for the Hills 
was held September 7 - our 5th year! Photos here 



Introducing David Outman, HCT's New Executive Director
Click here to learn more 

Elizabeth May Hawthorn tree dedication - June 1, 2014

Our Mission

The Harvard Conservation Trust, HCT, is a private, charitable, non-profit land trust. Our mission is “to preserve the unique character and natural resources of Harvard.”

We actively seek to preserve:

  • Harvard’s rural and agricultural character;
  • Open lands for outdoor education, recreation, and enjoyment;
  • Areas of historical significance or natural beauty;
  • The Town’s water resources, marshland, swamps, wetland, and wildlife.
  • Sites of educational and environmental significance. 

Click here to learn more about our work.

Between 1985 and 2000 Harvard lost over 1300 acres of open space. Please help us in our efforts to preserve Harvard’s valued landscape.

"I want to do something splendid... something heroic
or wonderful that won't be forgotten..."

- Louisa May Alcott,
Little Women