At only 14 miles long, Nantucket stuns in its abundance of natural beauty, unique history and diverse attractions. It’s signature cobblestone streets and charming cedar-shake hotel accommodations make this Grey Lady a gem seemingly frozen in time, and one that should be preserved for years to come. Read on to learn more about the foundations, organizations and community efforts that strive to maintain and protect this coastal treasure, and ask our hotel concierge about the ways in which you, your family and friends can get involved and make a difference.
The Linda Loring Nature Foundation was established in 1999 by Linda Loring as a private operating foundation in Massachusetts. The property along Eel Point Road is 86 acres of pristine natural habitat adjacent to the Head of Long Pond. The Linda Loring Nature Foundation is dedicated to being stewards of the property and fostering learning that promotes environmental literacy. Walking trails are open, environmental education programs have been established with local schools, and collaborative activities with partner organizations are taking place.
The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) was founded in 1902 to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and, above all, educator, Maria Mitchell. After she discovered a comet in 1847, Mitchell’s international fame led to many achievements and awards, including an appointment as the first American Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College. The MMA operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.
The Nantucket Conservation Foundation assists in the preservation of Nantucket’s character by permanently maintaining and managing natural areas and habitats and encourages an appreciation of the Island’s natural resources.
The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) tells the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.
The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to fostering the growth of the visual arts on Nantucket. In 1945, local artists and craftspeople formed the association “to develop Nantucket as a recognized art center, and to promote the education and interest of Nantucket artists.” Today, the AAN offers year-round educational programming, exhibitions and special events.
Part of the University of Massachusetts, The Nantucket Field Station is a 107-acre field site of pristine salt marsh, rolling uplands, and harbor waterfront which provides education, research, and community service.
The Trustees of Reservations – Coskata Coatue Wildlife Refuge is home to a ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play. Explore sand dunes and small coastal forests, salt marsh and tidal ponds, on 16 miles of trails and sand roads.