Lowell Leaders in Stewardship

About Lowell Leaders in Stewardship

    Lowell Leaders in Stewardship is an after-school environmental education program run in partnership with the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LP&CT) and Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Audubon) with support from the Lowell Public Schools.  Since 2005, this program has offered STEM-based environmental education programs at a variety of locations throughout Lowell.  The partnership leverages resources that neither organization could deliver alone; LP&CT provides local knowledge, resources, and partnership collaborations. Audubon staff brings a wealth of natural history knowledge including native wildlife to complement the skills of LP&CT’s staff which are focused on experiential learning and youth engagement.  Together, this program provides youth the opportunity to contribute to improving the world around them in such a way that they can see positive change on the ground.

    Specific hands-on projects offer them not just an opportunity to get outside an learn in an alternative environment, but also strengthen connections to each other and recognize that stewardship of the envrionment close to home can be empowering.  This after-school program often contributes to higher school attendance, greater community involvement, and career learning opportunities.

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Why Environmental Education?

The Lowell Leaders in Stewardship is critical to our mission. The land trust’s promise to the community includes protecting land in perpetuity. To do so, that means that future generations must be engaged, involved and appreciate what conservation means to them on a personal level. This after-school program connects kids and young adults to nature, to their community and to each other, as well as contributing to the community health and vitality of Lowell. The result is a growing number of families, community members and city leaders who realize that conservation can change lives, every day.

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Our Programs...

  • Run at eight Lowell Public Schools, K-12
  • Are co-taught by one LP&CT environmental educator and one Mass Audubon teacher naturalist
  • Meet once or twice a week for 1.5 hours from October through May, and 1.5 hours daily through the month of July
  • Engage some students throughout their academic career, as they choose to return year after year
  • Are free of charge thanks to community support, grants, and funding from local foundations with matching support from the Lowell Public Schools

Our Goals

The city of Lowell was built from the rich natural resources of the Merrimack and Concord Rivers and was the home of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.  Lowell has many diverese habitats and is rich in natural resources, but most youth are unaware of these treasures. Many have a low opinion of Lowell--and themselves.

Through this program, we connect them to their larger community by exploration and projects where they can apply the skills they learn in school to everyday situations.  The explorations we do together are designed to be fun, interactive and increase their knowledge of Lowell’s resources and instill a sense of confidence and pride in their community and watershed.

See Our Program Sites page to find out what we're doing this year!

Exploring Lowell

What better way to learn about our local environment than to explore it! Through LLIS programming we make use of various outdoor classrooms--otherwise known as local open green spaces. Learn more about our outdoor classrooms here, and check out our Concord River Greenway Classroom Web Site for more resources and ideas for using the CRG as a great place to learn!

Our outdoor classrooms include:


2014: Lowell Leaders in Stewardship were featured in the Land Trust Alliance's Saving Land magazine. Read the inspiring article here!

2013: Lowell Leaders in Stewardship was recognized by the SuAsCo River Stewardship Council for their dedication and stewardship to the Lowell community.

2012: Students participating in the Lowell Leaders in Stewardship Program were recognized by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas for their hard work, dedication, and stewardship projects on Lowell’s rivers and special places.

April 2009: LP&CT's environmental education program, was awarded honors at the State House from Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Ian Bowles at the "Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education".

"Thank you to our members and funders for making these programs possible!"


“This project is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.”


The Cummings Foundation- $100K for 100 grant recipient


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The Greater Lowell Community Foundation - Water Resources Grant Initiative.



Women Working Wonders: It is with great appreciation that we thank the Women Working Wonders Fund, who selects one organization each year to receive $5,000. The Trust received this award Spring 2007 for our work with Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell. See then Women Working Wonders Fund on the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Web Site.

We also thank the following for their generous support of LLIS:

The L. David and E. Virginia Baldwin Foundation

The Frances R. Dewing Foundation