The Moors School and Moors Family: Confronting a Legacy of Slavery in Groton
September 19, 2021, 2:00 PM, meet at The General Field

The Moors family was prominent in Groton in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and lent their name to one of the town’s district schoolhouses, which sat on land now stewarded by the Groton Conservation Trust. However, two generations of the family enslaved humans. As the country grapples with racism, it is important to acknowledge and discuss local threads in the national history of racism and enslavement. Led by local historian Joshua Vollmar, this program will travel from The General Field to the Moors House and Moors School as we seek to bring light to this forgotten piece of Groton history. This is a walking tour, please dress appropriately. This event is free, but registration is required. Please register here.

2021 Groton Traverse October 16 – 17, 2021

The Groton Conservation Trust is organizing a third Groton Traverse for the middle of October. To accommodate potential COVID-19 concerns and allow for more schedule flexibility, there will be an organized group traverse on Sunday 10/17 at 10 AM at the Prescott School, or folks are free to guide themselves on Saturday or Sunday. More information here.

 Registration is required:

The 2021 Groton Conservation Forum April 14, 7:00 PM
Why Wilderness with Sophie Ehrhardt
The 2021 Groton Conservation Forum will be taking place virtually this year on the evening of Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm. The Groton Conservation Trust is hosting this year, and we are pleased to announce that we have invited a special guest speaker, Sophie Ehrhardt, who coordinates the Wildlands Partnership at Northeast Wilderness Trust. Sophie will present her talk Why Wilderness, followed by a Q&A moderated by Groton Conservation Trust Vice President Mark Gerath.

The annual Groton Conservation Forum is a meeting of all conservation-related organizations in Groton to discuss topics of mutual interest, and to explore cross-group cooperation. The forum is organized alternately by the Groton Conservation Trust, the Conservation Commission, and the Trails Committee. Last year’s forum at the Groton Senior Center was organized by the Trails Committee. Please contact Katy to get Zoom link.

Spring Independent Traverse: April 17-18, 2021

This weekend! We’ve organized another mini traverse, this time a spring loop around West Groton. Trustee Mark Gerath has laid out a great six mile hike featuring some gorgeous scenery, starting and ending at the Senior Center. We will mark the trail connections so you can make the hike on your own schedule anytime this Saturday or Sunday. We’ll send an email with logistics and the map to all registrants. Look forward to seeing you on the trail!To register, please follow this link:

Art comes to the Bates Land, March 28-April 25, 2021

Starting March 28 through April 25, Bates Land will be the home for interpretive art in conjunction with the GrotonReads program at the Groton Public Library. The book is John Lewis’ graphic novel March. In a printmaking event, children will create art based on the book. These artworks will then be displayed in the picnic area of the Bates Land. Be sure you visit to enjoy art in the beautiful surroundings of Groton nature.

Bird Zoom: 12.4.2020

Join us for a memorable webinar with photographer Ken Janes on Friday December 4, 2020 at 7pm

We are thrilled to welcome Maine photographer and former Groton resident Ken Janes to a webinar on December 4, 2020, to share images and stories featured in his newly published book “Life List: Field Notes of a Maine Birdwatcher”. Ken’s book features a year of birds photographed in great beauty and detail, and was recently awarded as the 2020 Book of the Year by the Independent Publishers of New England.

GCT members may register for free, contact to check the status of your membership.

Groton community members can register through the Prescott School Community Center by clicking here.

September 26 and 27, 2020 – On Your Own!
Groton Traverse

This 10+ mile hike through the conservation lands in Groton gives you a wilder look at our town, at your own pace. To maintain physical distancing, participants will go on their own schedule over the two day weekend and convene via Zoom on Monday September 28 to share stories and photos. For more information, please contact Mark.

New Free Event! Groton Conservation Trust is partnering with the Prescott School Community Center to welcome experts from the Climate Change Initiative as they present their ENROADS climate simulation to our community. Participants will have a hands-on interactive experience to learn about climate impacts first hand. This presentation is made possible with a grant from the Groton Commissioners of Trust. Please click here to register for this free special event. Space is limited!