Minding Your Business - Brewster Conservation Trust

by Amy F Tagliaferri
Brewster Conservation Day 2023. Brewster Conservation Day 2023.

Brewster Conservation Trust

Protecting Brewster’s Woodlands, Ponds, Marshes and Meadows

36 Red Top Rd.




Brewster Conservation Day

Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Drummer Boy Park

Hal Minis is on the board of trustees of the Brewster Conservation Trust, and he’d love to tell you all about the mission of the trust, but the excitement he has for the upcoming Conservation Day is foremost on his mind.

“Conservation Day started 13 years ago,” he said. “Last year over 1,100 attended and we expect at least that many this year. There are over 40 exhibitors from Brewster and neighboring towns educating the public on environmental issues, and there are many activities for kids. Even Smokey the Bear will be there!”

Trevor the Juggler will perform, and there’s a puppet show courtesy of the AmeriCorps. Exhibitors include the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Brewster Fire Department, Brewster Oysters, the Brewster and Orleans Pond Coalitions, Cape Light Compact, the Center for Coastal Studies, the Friends of Pleasant Bay, Goat Green, IFAW, Mass Audubon, Old Ladies Against Underwater Garbage, Orenda Wildlife, Terra Firma Permagardens and conservation trusts from Brewster, Harwich, Dennis and Chatham along with many other groups and organizations. There will be blacksmith demonstrations, windmill tours and a weed harvester all day long.

“Exhibitors can educate attendees on all varieties of conservation: water, the forest and trees, and even energy,” said Minis. “We need to understand how to conserve all of our resources, marine, water and the forests.” Exhibitors will have giveaways, activity sheets, live animals (watch goats eat!), demos, art activities, bike helmet fittings, and many other interactive events.

Minis said the Brewster Conservation Trust means business. “We have successfully protected over 1,600 acres of land; through land we own, land protected by the town that we contributed to, and land that private residents have restricted themselves to keep the land protected. We maintain trails. too, where we are actively involved in dealing with invasive species. We do many outreach programs such as Conservation Day and partner with Mass Audubon to teach in the schools both in the classroom and in the field. For example, we initiate field trips so students can visit a vernal pool.”

The Trust was established in 1983 as a “private non-profit organization supported by memberships, donations and grants,” according to its website. Learn all about what you can do to preserve Cape Cod on Conservation Day and anytime from the Brewster Conservation Trust.