The Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving ecologically important land and wildlife habitat in Manchester and Essex, Massachusetts, and promoting its use for quiet recreation, education and research.


Our 50th Anniversary Video is Ready to View

Produced by Jeffrey McDonagh at JM Video Productions, and MECT Trustees Mike McDonagh and Mike Dyer, our 50th Anniversary video captures the beauty of the Manchester-Essex Woods, includes interviews with two of the founders of the Manchester Conservation Trust, shows enthusiastic school children exploring nature, and highlights the two-town cooperation that continues to support protection of this special natural open space.

Date posted: November 12, 2013

Youth Naturalist and Conservation Awards

Do you know a young birder? Does your child love to observe insects, collect feathers or rocks, discover pond life, overturn rotting logs or build “fairy houses”? Would he/she like to “adopt” a beach or a woodland area for regular clean-up or nature study? Every child is naturally inquisitive, a good observer, and, therefore, a budding scientist. The Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust wants to foster and praise these qualities and recognize serious efforts to learn about our natural world. These activities, we believe, will result in a lifetime of good stewardship of the environment. Youths between the ages of 8 – 15 who live in or visit the Cape Ann area may participate. [Read more...]

Date posted: September 4, 2013

Welcoming New Members

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Photo by Alida Bryant

Clean drinking water or parking lot pollution?  Bright fall colors or unchanging development?  Children’s nature trips or classroom routine? Invest in MECT’s future and invest in your own.  We have much to do and you can help.

 Choose a Tree and become a member now!

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