Know Your Place’ Ravenswood Park on Sunday, October 30

The Trustees of Reservations welcome you to our NEW Education Center’Cape Ann Discovery Center! The month of November is ‘Know Your Place: Ravenswood’ Grab the family and join us for our newest treasure hunt “Sweetbay Swamp Quest” and learn about this new family sport, make your own stamps, and make your own passbooks. And, join in an ExSKULLent Adventure to learn about the animals of Ravenswood with close-up views of animal skulls and bones. Costumes are welcome.

Sunday, October 30, 1-3pm, ExSKULLent Adventure to help you learn about the animals of Ravenswood, their behaviors, and what they eat, with close-up views of their skulls and bones! Costumes encouraged. Cost is $5, Free for Trustees members.

Sunday, November 6, 1-3pm Ravenswood Rocks! Geological features tour with John Ratti. A rock is not a thing, but a drama. It reflects universal axioms such as, “As above, so below,” and is the great unifying science of the world. Join the Trustees and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation educator John Ratti for a unique presentation of this elegant science. Cost is $5, Free for Trustees members.

Saturday, November 12, noon-3pm. Quest Fest! Grab the family and join us for our newest treasure hunt “Sweetbay Swamp Quest” and learn about this new family sport, make your own stamps, and get our new ‘Passport’ booklet. On this self-guided treasure hunt through the swamp trails you’ll discover stories about our “loved to death” Sweetbay Magnolia and find a Quest Treasure Box. Cost is $5, Free for Trustees members.

Sunday, November 13, 1-3pm. “Wilderness to Special Place: Ravenswood through the Centuries walk at Ravenswood Park, Gloucester, on Sunday, November 13, 1-3pm. Once a main thoroughfare; then a backwoods; and now, our favorite local refuge–join us for the story of Ravenswood through the centuries. View the cultural evidence, learn about the colorful cast of characters who transformed it, and find out how you can help us keep Ravenswood our community treasure. Cost is $5, Trustees Members Free.

Saturday, November 19, n-3:00 pm. Great Magnolia Swamp ‘ Long Trail Hike. Join us for this pre-Thanksgiving long hike. Get some exercise on this five-mile long woodland rocky loop through beautiful habitats. Meeting at Stage Fort Park (parking area, rear left). Cost is $5, Trustees Members Free.

Any day, any time at Ravenswood Park: Hermit’s Haven Quest or our newest, the Sweetbay Swamp Quest! On this self-guide clue-based treasure hunt through the swamp trails you’ll discover stories about our curious hermit and/or our “loved to death” Sweebay Magnolia. Self-guide clue brochure available at the Park’s bulletin board.

For more information about our program offerings in Cape Ann call us at 978.281.8400 or e-mail Please visit or call 978.921.1944 to become a member! We count on your membership to support us and our seven (7) properties right here in Cape Ann starting at $37 for students/seniors and $47 for individuals. Membership gifts and Giving Society memberships are also available. Volunteers are always welcome.

Note to the Editor:
About The Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann
In Cape Ann, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) has recently re-used a staff house to open a Learning & Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park our centerpiece Cape Ann reservation in Gloucester. The Trustees manage seven reservations in Essex, Gloucester, Manchester, and Rockport including Agassiz Rock, Coolidge Point, Misery Island, Mt. Ann, Ravenswood Park, Stavros, and Halibut Point. We offer the most spectacular mountain, woodland, and coastal sites for your enjoyment. Join us for a seasonal expert-led workshop in the fields of Astronomy, Vernal Pools, Wild Edibles and Animal Tracking. To find out more about The Trustees in Cape Ann, please call Ramona Latham at 978.281.8400 or e-mail

About The Trustees of Reservations in the Northeast
On the North Shore, The Trustees own and manage some 21 reservations in Essex County including: Appleton Farms and Appleton Grass Rides, Castle Hill, Crane Beach and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, Crowninshield Island, Greenwood Farm, Long Hill’s Sedwick Gardens, Moraine Farm, Old Town Hill, Pine and Hemlock Knoll, Stevens-Coolidge Place, Ward Reservation and Weir Hill. Encompassing 5,794 acres, these properties contain some of the most spectacular natural, historic and cultural resources in Massachusetts and offer woodlands and hilltops, coastlines, great estates, historic houses and gardens as well as programs such as outdoor concerts, farm days, summer camps and plant sales throughout the region. To find out more about The Trustees in the Northeast, please call 978.921.1944.

About The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values ‘ a love of the land, the outdoors, and the distinctive charms of New England’as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting these special places for everyone, forever.

Founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and prot’g’ of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees of Reservations are the nation’s oldest statewide land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. With over 100 reservations, comprising over 25,000 acres’all open to the public’Trustees properties are tremendously diverse. From mountains, open meadows and parks, to working farms, stately homes and gardens, 70 miles of stunning coastline, and five National Historic landmarks, Trustees reservations offer something for everyone.

The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres’a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts’permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have worked with commun