Vernal Pool Hike! 
Saturday April 13 10:00 AM
Meet at the Castle Dr. circle

We are excited to announce a job opening: The GCT's first paid staff employee, beginning as soon as possible! Reporting to the President of the Board of Trustees and working primarily at the Land Trust's office in Groton, this person will support and administer the organization's activities and initiatives, while partnering with the Board (and key-subcommittees) to carry out strategic programming goals. A significant part of the work will include communicating with and coordinating the work of GCT volunteers. The ideal candidate will be motivated by GCT's mission of enhancing the quality of life in our community through environmental conservation and engaging residents in the enjoyment and stewardship of our remarkable natural landscapes. The candidate will be able to handle multiple responsibilities and prioritize work independently, relating well to members, trustees and volunteers.

Groton has a rich and growing conservation community consisting of several organizations that fosters land preservation, education, and recreation. Over 30% of the town is under conservation and we believe that this position is an exciting opportunity to contribute to preservation and enjoyment of the environment. To apply for this position please send us a brief paragraph about why you are interested and your resume

Find out more about the job on our website.
Annual Meeting: May 1, 6:30, The Groton Inn
We are happy to bring to Groton Kevin Gardner, author and stone wall architect. Kevin will be the featured speaker at the GCT Annual Meeting on May 1 in the Prescott Room at The Groton Inn. Socializing and an cash bar at 6:30, the meeting begins at 7:00. 
For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001 Kevin published The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls. His second book, Stone Building: How To Make New England Style Walls and Other Structures the Old Way, was published in May of 2017.    
The Groton Traverse, Sunday May 5: 
GCT will be organizing and guiding what we hope with be the first of many 
annual ambles across Groton. The inaugural event will start somewhere in the northeast of town and ramble across our many publicly-accessible fields, woods, and hills to arrive in the village for a light picnic and libations. The route will be eight to ten miles and will be marked.  
We will try to limit time spent on pavement while 
visiting some of our favorite haunts. Gina Perini and Peter Benedict have been very generous in offering their beautiful yard as our finish location. Our goal is to start at noon and shuttle folks from Groton center to the trail head. The GCT will provide a leader and a sweep but people are encouraged to move at their own pace and bring their packs with the usual hiking essentials. Please expect to guide yourself at times but each intersection will be marked. As we get closer, registrants will get an information package on logistics and a map of the route. If the numbers are too great for Gina and Peter to host, we will divert some finishers to other homes in the village. We will need you to register for the event by contacting   Mark Gerath .  
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The Groton Conservation Trust is a private, non-profit land trust in Groton, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1964 to acquire, preserve, and provide public access to lands with significant conservation value. The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of Groton residents with varied backgrounds, occupations and interests. 

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F reedom's Way Grant Approved
Groton History Center, Groton Garden Club share in the award 
The GCT has successfully secured a grant from The Freedom's Way 2019 Partnership Grant Program to connect 
people to the land and biodiversity within the Town of Groton.  This project, as described in last month's newsletter, will research, design and install an educational garden on the Groton Conservation Trust's Moors Schoolhouse property, located near the Trust's most visited conservation area, the General Field. The garden will showcase non-native plants that have been naturalized, as well as plants used by indigenous peoples of the area for food, medicine and religious purposes.
Interpretive signage will be developed with assistance from the Art Department at Groton School. Students from the school will install and maintain the plantings, which will be permanently labeled.
Led by trustee David Black, the reclamation effort will have a group of about 15 people on the site the morning of May 18th. All are welcome to join us at this event. Watch our website for more details. 
Partnering with the GCT will be the Groton Garden Club and the Groton History Center.  The Freedom's Way Grant Program is designed to provide strategic investments in the cultural, natural and historical resources that enhance the sense of place within the forty-five communities of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, the Freedom's Way Partnership Grant Program serves as a catalyst for creative programs and projects that increase awareness and understanding of the region's heritage by engaging residents and visitors through experiences and promoting stewardship.  Nine area awards were given, totally almost $30,000. 
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