Category Archives: Our Sanctuaries

Smith’s Dock Sanctuary

Meadow Lane, West Barnstable, Massachusetts, 5 acres – 1998 Orenda’s Smith’s Dock Sanctuary is a peaceful spot with an impressive view. It’s habitat for the Northern Diamondback Terrapin Turtle. This beautiful Sanctuary is one of only 17 places within Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Quashnet River Sanctuary

Quashnet River Sanctuary, Mashpee, 18 acres – 2001 Orenda’s Quashnet River Sanctuary was purchased in March 2001. The entire acquisition included 18 acres encompassing over 2,000 feet along the Quashnet River in Mashpee in the Mashpee national Wildlife Refuge. Orenda … Continue reading

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Nalebuff Sanctuary

Nalebuff Sanctuary, Falmouth, Half Acre – 1996 This more than half-acre property with oak and pine trees is on a small peninsula in the Waquoit area of Falmouth, in an otherwise residential area bordering the Child’s River. The donors volunteered … Continue reading

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Mary De La Vallette Sanctuary

Mary De La Vallette Sanctuary, Phillipston, Massachusetts, 46 Acres – 1994 Because he was interested in maintaining the integrity of the wildlife habitat and was concerned about the recent development in the Phillipston area, the donor decided to donate this … Continue reading

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The Ledges

The Ledges, Southbridge, Massachusetts, 4 acres – 1986 Even smaller sanctuaries serve an important purpose. The Ledges Sanctuary provides critical protection for a public water supply, and sanctuary for forested habitat. This was the first parcel of land ever protected … Continue reading

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David Nelson Sanctuary

The David Nelson Sanctuary, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 14.5 Acres – 1991 Once a hunting retreat, the donor, David Nelson, now deceased, willed Orenda this lakeside 14.5-acre gem on the edge of Great Herring Pond. Under the terms of his estate, no … Continue reading

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Austin Smith Sanctuary

261 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans and Eastham, Massachusetts, 8.5 acres – 2010 This 8.5 acre sanctuary is located in both Orleans and Eastham and is a portion an estate that had been in the donor’s family for over 350 years. … Continue reading

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Scudder Bay Sanctuary

Bay Lane, Centerville, Massachusetts, 2.2 acres – 1992 This more than 2 acre sanctuary resides in an Aquifer Protection Overlay District, a designation designed to protect ground water on Scudder Bay in Osterville. The upland portion of property has a … Continue reading

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No Bottom Pond Sanctuary

Brewster, Massachusetts, 27 acres – 1996 Named for the clean, three-acre pond — one of the steepest kettlehole ponds on the Cape — that it borders, No Bottom Pond sanctuary includes over 27 acres of undeveloped natural woodland. Orenda purchased … Continue reading

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Mashpee River Woodlands Sanctuary

Mashpee River Woodlands Sanctuary, Mashpee, 2 acres – 1999 Originally donated by a realty company, this 2 acre sanctuary of oak and pine forest was dedicated to the memory of Bill Conley, a long-time friend and active member of Orenda … Continue reading

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