Become a Member (or renew)

The Trust has more than 1,000 members in Orleans, as well as many who live in other places. People become members for lots of good reasons. First and foremost, because they understand the importance of protecting natural lands and habitats on the small, finite island that is Cape Cod—especially in the fast-changing Town of Orleans. They know that OCT is the organization created to preserve land in Orleans, and its success in protecting more than 670 acres since 1970. And they want to help carry on that legacy of success.

People also become members—and renew year after year—because they appreciate and enjoy the benefits they receive:

  • Getting outdoors and getting to know the natural wonders of our town on OCT’s monthly guided walks, in all seasons. They’re also great networking opportunities!
  • Attending our free speaker programs, where they learn from experts in natural history, wildlife biology, climate science, sustainable landscaping practices, and other topics—while enjoying a beverage and a chat with fellow members at Orleans Yacht Club.
  • Receiving our twice-annual newsletter, full of lively, informative stories about our lands and work, illustrated with beautiful images. Plus occasional email updates about events of interest.
  • Taking part in meetings such as our Annual Meeting, where members hear presentations from keynote speakers and reports on the Trust’s progress toward its goals, ask questions, and vote for OCT trustees.
  • Volunteering to help with land restoration in the field (we make workdays fun!), or serving as a land steward for an OCT property. Or lending their expertise to OCT’s committee work.

While larger donations are key to funding our work and programs, membership dues are a mainstay of our financial support. Just as important, a large, diverse, and engaged membership is the foundation of a healthy and responsive organization. Every member counts!

The fine print: Our membership year begins on July 1. Anyone who makes a donation of $50 or more in a given year automatically becomes a member. Dues must be received by June 30 to cast a vote at the Annual Meeting in August. Use the button below to easily begin or renew your membership!

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Orleans Conservation Trust!

“Space kept open for people to enjoy is good for the human soul. I see the Twining’s preserve as a commons for all of Orleans. And I believe in paying membership dues every year. It re-commits you to staying engaged. It reminds you why you got involved in the first place.”
—Longtime member Ann Fleck-Henderson