Our Mission

AVIS is a non-profit land trust dedicated to a) acquiring land and preserving it in its natural state, and b) encouraging public use and quiet enjoyment of the reservations. Founded in 1894, AVIS is one of the oldest conservation organizations in the country.

Join AVIS in preserving open spaces, woodlands, and wetlands in Andover, Massachusetts, USA. Explore membership and volunteer activities with AVIS.

Notice: AVIS Annual Meeting rescheduled for Wednesday, April 5: Those who registered for the March 14, 2017 dinner (postponed due to snowstorm) will be given first preference for attending the April 5, 2017 event.

Upcoming Work Parties: Saturday, March 25th, Nat Smith and Sherman Reservations; Saturday April 1st, Lowel & Lawrence Railroad Reservation. (Details)

Andovers Magazine article on AVIS (Adobe PDF)

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AVIS Capital Campaign

Protect the Merrimack River and the Bay Circuit Trail on the former Franciscan Seminary property. (Donate)

As of September 1, 2016 AVIS has raised more than 50% of its $400,000 goal from foundations and AVIS leadership donors. We ask the community to support this effort to protect the riverfront and the Bay Circuit Trail in Andover. A full description can be found in this document. (PDF)

AVIS Receives State Grant to Support Land Purchase on the Merrimack River

On December 8, 2016, the Division of Conservation Services of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced an award of $85,000 to The Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS), Andover’s local land trust.

With this assistance from the State, AVIS has now reached more than 80% of its goal to raise $400,000 to purchase the river front property from its current owner, Melmark New England. (see more)

Turtle Mound Archaeological Site

Information about a future reservation near Haggetts Pond

Andover's Backyard

AVIS was recently featured in a Boomer Being TV show titled Andover's Backyard. It is hosted by Leslie Noymer. "Boomer Being" is a program dedicated to the issues and topics the 'Baby Boomer' generation contend with in the twenty-first century. Please watch for the show on Andover TV - Comcast Channel 8 or Verizon Channel 47. You can also see the show on AndoverTV.org find the program for Boomer Being Episode 34. Or, click on the YouTube link.

Support AVIS through AmazonSmile

Dear Supporter - here is an easy way to support AVIS and the work we do in Andover. When you make purchases on-line you can use AmazonSmile and, when you select Andover Village Improvement Society before shopping, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to AVIS.

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About Our Reservations

About 1100 acres of AVIS reservations are open to all for hiking, birding, and cross country skiing. Hunting is prohibited on all of our reservations with nine exceptions. Motor vehicles, fires, and camping on these conservation lands are prohibited. Photos, maps, and further information are available on the reservations page.

Volunteer wardens are responsible for the care and oversight of each reservation and they are often neighbors. If you have questions or concerns about a particular reservation, please contact the reservation's warden.

Various groups offer hiking trips throughout the year. See the events and links page for more information.

Hike Along Merrimack River in Deer Jump Reservation:

To find out more about AVIS, contact info@avisandover.org