• P.O.Box 195,
  • Leverett, MA 01054

Rattlesnake Gutter Trust

A Land Trust in Leverett, Massachusetts

Rattlesnake Gutter Trust

Since 1988, the Rattlesnake Gutter Trust has worked to protect the natural and scenic area of Leverett. The Trust works to keep a balance between development and the protection of the forests, fields and waterways that we cherish. The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust has three main activities: to purchase and manage important conservation land, such as the East Leverett Meadow and the land abutting Rattlesnake Gutter; to assist Leverett landowners in protecting their property through conservation restrictions and helping to collect the required data and maps; and to sponsor and organize educational activities about the ecology and history of the landscape, including hikes, school events, lectures, and slideshows. The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust depends on financial support to accomplish these activities. Our funds come from membership dues, additional contributions from our members and others, and proceeds from RGT’s returnable cans and bottles shed at the Leverett transfer station. With ongoing support, the Trust can continue to protect the rural landscape that makes Leverett the special place we call home. Leverett will remain a great place to live as long as all of us work together to protect it.

Reception for Wingmasters Art Exhibit

A reception and art exhibit for local artists and raptor rehabilitators Julie Anne Collier and Jim Parks was held at the Leverett Library on March 1, 2020. The event featured Julie's drawings, Jim's photography and live birds of prey. Photos.

Leverett Trails

Leverett Trails Committee: photos (and video) from past Work Days; maps

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Geology Field Trip Notes for the Cave Hill Conservation Area

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Upcoming Events

The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust is always busy protecting and preserving the special places in Leverett. We also make it our mission to educate the public about the beauty and wonder of the natural world. With the risk of the Corona virus in 2020, RGT events have been postponed. As the risk of infection is reduced, RGT events will again be scheduled. Check the calendar link below for upcoming events.

RGT Events Calendar


The RGT board sends sincere gratitude to it's members and others who have continued to provide financial support to RGT during these very challenging times. While the danger of Covid-19 forced us to hold our annual meeting virtually this year, we are grateful for your continued support and look forward to reconnecting with you as soon as we can safely gather again.

How to help

Challenging Times

The danger of Covid-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to people and organizations alike. While RGT has not been able to continue its regular schedule of enrichment activities, many in Leverett have found solace and rejuvenation on the network of trails criss-crossing and connecting RGT properties. Many members and friends of RGT have continued to provide financial support which enables RGT to continue the ongoing work of maintaining and preserving the special places of Leverett.

We are grateful for the support you can offer. We hope to see you, at a safe distance, soon on a trail or bench enjoying one of the many beautiful properties protected by Rattlesnake Gutter Trust.