Before Setting Out

A few things to keep in mind before your adventure begins.

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Carry Your Membership CardTrustees Members receive free or discounted parking and admission to all 100 of our reservations, plus discounts to most programs and events. But, you must show your Membership card to get these benefits! Please carry your Membership card with you at all times. And remember, benefits are not transferable to nonmembers; Membership cards may be used only by those named on the card.

To locate information about your Membership, including Member ID, expiration date, and more please click here.

New Members: If you have not yet received your Membership Card(s), please enter your temporary ID in the Membership ID field, and the word MEMBER in the Last Name field (please do not use your own last name or email address). Your temporary ID can be found in your confirmation email; if you have not received it, please make sure to check your SPAM/Junk folder. Please allow up to 30 days for your Membership Card(s) to arrive.

If your card is lost or stolen, contact the Membership department at or call 978.921.1944.

Open Hours/Tour SchedulesMost properties are open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Historic houses are open seasonally. Please check property closing times and last tour departure times in advance.

Heavily Visited PropertiesMany properties are popular during certain months of the year, times of the day, and holiday weekends. Parking spaces may not be available during peak visitation.

If you’d like to know the best times to avoid crowds at particular properties, contact the appropriate management region office.

Group VisitsThe Trustees welcomes group visits. Group tours of historic houses must be arranged in advance. Please contact the property or the appropriate management region office.

Educational UsesThrough their cultural and natural history, the properties of The Trustees of Reservations collectively tell the story of the interaction between people and the Massachusetts landscape over thousands of years. Properties offer many opportunities for teaching and learning.

Any for-profit educational uses of properties by outside groups require advance written permission from the appropriate management region office; fees may apply.

Trail MapsPrinted trail maps exist for many properties, though not all. Trail maps are available for free, and can be found at information boards in the property’s parking area or main trail head. During busy months, please be aware that supplies may run out. Help us recycle and return trail maps to the information board when you leave the property.

You can also download a trail map for many of our properties right from this website.

Oversand Vehicle (OSV) AccessOSV permits are required for four-wheel-drive vehicle access to barrier beach properties on Martha’s Vineyard (Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and Wasque Reservation) and Nantucket (Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge). Drivers must carry a tire gauge, shovel, tow rope, and wooden board (for jack footing in sand). OSVs may drive only on open, marked trails. OSV access may be restricted to protect nesting or resting wildlife.

For more information, contact the Islands Management Region.

Alcoholic BeveragesAlcoholic beverages are not permitted on properties except in conjunction with special events.

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