Orenda Wildlife Land Trust is a private nonprofit land trust working to preserve and protect open space for wildlife habitat on Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts. Orenda takes its name from a Seneca Indian word meaning “protected place” and was inspired by the Orenda Song of Praise.
Orenda acquires land to be held in perpetuity as protected open space wildlife sanctuaries, and assist others in protecting open space for wildlife.
Since Orenda’s founding in 1986 by Barbara Birdsey , Orenda Wildlife Land Trust currently manages 14 wildlife sanctuaries totaling 330 acres, the majority of which are located on Cape Cod , southeastern and western Massachusetts. Orenda Wildlife Land Trust has also been a partner with other land trusts protecting nearly 800 acres of land.
Orenda offers educational information for the public on issues related to wildlife and works to promote the peaceful co-existence of people and wildlife on Cape Cod and throughout Massachusetts. Orenda’s support comes from over 500 members, private foundations, its endowment, gifts and special events.