Opportunities for Schools, Camps, and Other Groups

A key element of LRCT’s work is providing opportunities, through our protected properties, for people of all ages to learn about and appreciate the Lakes Region’s remarkable natural resources and heritage.  LRCT works with volunteers, local educators and schools, and community organizations to make its lands available for nature education and thoughtful recreational activities.  In addition, through such means as its newsletter (The Legacy), informational kiosks, trail maps, displays in town buildings, guided hikes, and presentations to local organizations, LRCT endeavors to inform Lakes Region communities of the natural qualities of the region, the activities of LRCT, and the ways in which a regionally-based conservation group can protect key properties for community benefit, wildlife habitat, and public enjoyment.

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LRCT’s conserved lands provide many opportunities for recreation, exploring, and learning by groups such as school classes, camps, hiking clubs, and community organizations.  LRCT invites your organization to take advantage of these opportunities and to enjoy and benefit from the natural assets that our region offers.

If your organization wishes to visit one of LRCT’s conserved properties as a group, we ask that you notify us in advance by submitting our Event Request Form.  This form allows LRCT to: (a) confirm that the proposed event or activity is appropriate for the conserved property and otherwise consistent with LRCT’s land conservation and stewardship mission, responsibilities, and policies, (b) arrange parking for a large group of people, (c) coordinate as-needed if multiple groups wish to use the property on the same day, and (d) otherwise assist you in planning your program. We ask that you communicate to the participants that they are using LRCT property, and we ask that you provide brief feedback on your event (email preferred), including identifying any problems or issues encountered.

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From time to time, LRCT receives requests from businesses seeking permission to use LRCT conserved land for a group/client event or program (including events/programs for which the sponsor charges fees and which generate revenue for the sponsor).  For such an activity, LRCT requires submission of the Event Request Form at least 60 days in advance of the proposed event/program.  LRCT considers a number of factors in evaluating and deciding whether to grant such requests for permission, including the factors listed in the preceding paragraph as well as potential detrimental environmental impacts of the proposed event/program, liability risks and insurance issues associated with the event/program, appropriateness of the event/program on conservation land, and opportunities afforded by the event/program to make reach out to potential new LRCT supporters.

If you have any questions about scheduling an event, activity, or program on a conserved property, please contact LRCT Land and Stewardship Director Dave Mallard, dmallard@lrct.org.