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Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Inc.

LP&CT creates community through conservation

Lowell, MA   |  www.lowelllandtrust.org

Mission

The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust's mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through education and through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces and special places.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Jane Calvin

Main address

PO Box 7162

Lowell, MA 01852 USA

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EIN

22-3070912

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

LP&CT seeks to ensure equitable access to and the protection of Lowell's natural resources.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Environmental Education: Lowell Leaders in Stewardship

The Lowell Leaders in Stewardship provides after-school and out-of-school time STEM-based environmental education programs for students in grades 1-12+.  The program is offered in partnership with the Lowell Public Schools and Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.  Programming is offered 1-3 times a week (1-1.5 hours each session), depending on the program site, at three locations every afternoon.  A team of two teacher-naturalists works with up to 20 students for each program, offering programs in a nearby outdoor classroom (riparian area, canal, school ground, local park).  All programs are offered at schools which primarily reach underserved students in Lowell's diverse immigrant community.  For details on current programming: https://lowelllandtrust.org/what-we-do/environmental-education/The “Stewardship Through Leadership” program has been recognized with a statewide award, a Congressional citation, and a by the Secretary’s “Excellence in Environmental Education” Award (MA EOEEA, 2009); Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (Congressional Citation, 2012) for their “hard work, dedication, and stewardship projects on Lowell’s rivers and special places;” and, by the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Stewardship Council with the River Steward Award (2013).

Population(s) Served

Please see: https://lowelllandtrust.org/concord-river-greenway/

Population(s) Served

https://lowelllandtrust.org/explore-the-properties/

Population(s) Served

Please see: https://lowelllandtrust.org/what-we-do/urban-forestry/

Population(s) Served

Please see: https://lowelllandtrust.org/spalding-house/

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2014

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)

Associated Grant Makers

River Network

New England Museums Association (NEMA)

Land Trust Alliance

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children participating in after-school STEM programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Environmental Education: Lowell Leaders in Stewardship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants in all public programs, excluding youth after-school programming.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LP&CT works to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through education and through the creation, conservation, and preservation of parks, open spaces and special places.

This mission is carried out through increasing the city's urban forestry canopy, providing STEM-based environmental education programs to Lowell's most under-resourced schools, through land conservation, historic preservation (c 1760 Spalding House), and through a variety of conservation programming (anadromous fish conservation, park clean-ups, trail connectivity, bird conservation, etc.)

As an example of one program strategy: LP&CT provides after-school environmental education programming at thirteen schools within Lowell, year-round. Staff are provided professional development at least three times/year. In 2023 we reached 1,020 students, K-12, through the Lowell Leaders in Stewardship Program.

LP&CT is staffed by 6 employees.

In 2023 we reached 1,020 students, K-12, through the Lowell Leaders in Stewardship Program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Sheila Kirschbaum

Tsongas Industrial History Center

Term: 2019 - 2025

Mark Romanowsky

retired primary physician

Sheila Kirschbaum

Tsongas Industrial History Center

Sopheap Theam

Light of Cambodian Children, video producer

James O'Hearn

O'Hearn Insurance, formerly with Enterprise Bank

Jonathan Geer

retired state employee

David Braslau

NORESCO

Amanda Flores

Gallagher & Cavanaugh

Laura Watts

Lowell Housing Authority

Diane Tradd

retired, former City of Lowell Asst City Manager

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.