Free Program Calendars are sent to non-members while supplies last. Please contact our office and allow two-four weeks for delivery. Quarterly program Calendars and Newsletters are mailed automatically to members as soon as available. To insure that you receive these in a timely manner, please consider joining the Friends. The current Calendar may be viewed by visiting the Home page of this website.
Limited supplies of Newsletters Program Calendars are available at libraries of communities bordering the Fells. Programs are also listed frequently, but not always, in area newspapers.
Visitors to the Fells marvel that such wildness and natural beauty could exist in close proximity to Boston and other cities. Joining the Friends of the Fells is the best way to add your voice to those who are committed to preserve the incomparable Middlesex Fells Reservation.
Becoming a Member means you'll automatically receive our quarterly Newsletter and Fells Activity Calendar. You will also be sent the informative Fells Trail Map which includes detailed cultural and natural history.
To become a member, you can fill out information in this Membership Form, print it, and mail it to us with the appropriate membership payment. Membership levels are listed to the right on the form. Please allow three to four weeks for processing. If you have any questions about membership please email us at email@example.com. We have created a Join the Friends of Fells! flyer to share with the community.
According to Friends bylaws, personal information you give to us will not be shared, sold, or otherwise dispersed to any other organization.
All requests for Membership, Maps and Program Calendars should be sent with the Membership Form and a check payable for the appropriate amount to:
Friends of the Fells
235 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA, 02176
Donations are Appreciated!
We are pleased to report that the eight year Fells Flora Study has been printed in Rhodora, journal of the New England Botanical Club! The Babes in the Woods continues its weekly schedule offering parents and their children opportunities to explore the Fells together.
Your generous donations to our operating budget have helped us to fully re-design our website this past summer, along with a new Facebook page, where Fells visitors are able to share their photos and experiences.
Nature needs protection! In May the Friends case for appropriate development of the former hospital site across from Spot Pond was presented to the Supreme Judicial Court, which issued a ruling that the merits of the case must be heard by the Massachusetts court system.
It is only because of generous donations from people like you that we have been able to prevail in this ten-year effort – we know first hand there is power in giving!
The Friends has also led efforts to ensure that Fells natural resources, and public safety, be protected,ed, based upon conservation principles and include effective provisions for enforcement of park regulations.
Please send your tax deductible contribution to support our Fells protection and programing efforts or you can contribute using the Donate button! Thank You!
Friends of the Fells 235 West Foster Street Melrose, MA 021767
Charitable Giving That Can Pay You an Income
By Daniel Esdale, Financial Advisor
There is a charitable giving and estate planning technique called a Charitable Remainder Trust.
This is one option available to donors who wish to leave a significant gift to a charitable organization. The Charitable Remainder Trust is essentially an irrevocable trust that an estate planning attorney creates, for the purpose of generating an income stream.
The income stream is then paid to the grantor (person creating & funding the trust) for a specified term, typically the remainder of their life or for a fixed period of years. At the end of the specified term, the remaining value of the trust passes to a named charitable beneficiary.