The Land Bank is a rare breed. Neither a sanctuary program nor a park system, it is a middle ground where the highest virtues of conservation can be realized: public enjoyment of nature, where limits and restraint secure the natural world’s future and prosperity.
The Martha's Vineyard Museum is dedicated to furthering an interest in, experience of, and appreciation for the history and culture of the Island and its environs. Beyond their on-campus buildings and exhibits, the Museum was given the stewardship of the Gay Head, East Chop, and Edgartown lighthouses in 1995. The Museum offers interpretive sunset tours of the Gay Head and East Chop lights on summer weekends.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
The Preservation Division of the National Trust combines the National Trust’s work in community revitalization, historic sites, regional offices, public policy and partner networks to provide a cohesive approach to meeting preservation goals by connecting and leveraging these programs for greater effectiveness.
Henry Beetle Hough and Elizabeth Bowie Hough founded Sheriff's Meadow Foundation to conserve land that no other organization would. Today, Sheriff's Meadow Foundation owns over 2,000 acres of conservation land and holds conservation restrictions on almost 600 acres. Properties range in size from less than a quarter-acre to more than four hundred acres. Properties are located in each of the island towns, and the larger properties host ten miles of public walking trails. Self-guided nature walks, visitor kiosks with maps, new and expanded trails, bike racks and parking areas allow visitors to enjoy these unspoiled Martha's Vineyard properties.
The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. On Martha's Vineyard the Trustees are steward to properties which are available for public enjoyment, kayak and wildlife tours. These properties include: Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Wasque, Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge and Mytoi Garden.