World's End, in Hingham, MA. Photograph by Nicole Vecchiotti

The Trustees of Reservations and Union Park Press are teaming up to give away an incredible gift this holiday season: a family membership to The Trustees of Reservations and one of the three Union Park Press books that feature the properties, so that you can read up and fully enjoy the sites as you visit them.


To enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on The Trustees of Reservations Facebook wall, telling us your favorite property in The Trustees of Reservations system and choosing which of the Union Park Press books you would like to include with the membership. To be eligible, the facebook comment must include both a Trustee property and the name of one of the three following Union Park Press books that feature these special places.

New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius
Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces by Meg Muckenhoupt
Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands by Christopher Klein

If you haven’t had a chance to visit one of their properties across Massachusetts yet, simply tell us the one you’d most like to visit, based on the list of Reservations.

A winner will be selected via a nifty random number generator on Friday, December 16th at 5:00 PM and will be announced on Monday, December 19th. We will promptly ship the gift to the person of your choice. Please note that this gift can only be shipped to U.S. residents. Best of luck and happy holidays!

UPDATE (11:00 AM, Thursday, December 15):

We are so thrilled with the great comments that we have been reading on the Trustee’s Facebook wall, we have decided to “up the ante” and offer ALL THREE Union Park Press books to go along with the family membership! We still want to know which of the three books best matches your exploring style, but the winner will now receive all three books to keep for themselves or to give away as a gift this holiday season. GOOD LUCK!


The Trustees of Reservations, which was founded in 1891 by landscape architect Charles Eliot, is a member-supported nonprofit that protects and maintains over 100 stunning properties across the state of Massachusetts, including beaches, trails, historic homes and working farms. With the goal of preserving these beautiful and historical places for the enjoyment of the general public, The Trustees of Reservations became the first private nonprofit conservation organization of its kind in the country.

A family membership to The Trustees of Reservations supports the conservation efforts of the organization, and also includes free or discounted admission to every Trustees reservation, programs and events; a free copy of the Trustee’s Property Guide, and a year’s subscription to Special Places, the Trustees’ quarterly member magazine.

Naumkeag, in Stockbridge, MA. Photograph by William H. Johnson

Thanks to the hard work of The Trustees over the past century, today we have access to some of the most stunning places in the state. Here at Union Park Press, we have featured a number of the properties in our books:

So whether this is a gift you give a loved one (they will be SO thankful) or one that you keep for your own active family, make sure you enter this contest TODAY!