Education Space Expansion

Children exploring nature at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Your Support Makes it Happen! 

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Education Space Expansion Project so far, we are already completing Phase 1 of our renovation, turning our historic barn into an indoor education space.

To continue to Phase 2—making the barn a fully accessible, all-season space—we need your continued support.

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The Mass Audubon Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary is renovating our historic barn, located behind the nature center, in order to expand our nature-based education programs for adults and children in the greater Attleboro community. The addition of this much-needed program space will greatly enhance Oak Knoll’s mission to inspire lasting bonds between people and the natural environment.

Phase 1 is Under Way!

Thanks to you, our community and supporters, Oak Knoll successfully raised $50,000 from individuals and local foundations to match a $50,000 grant from the Lloyd G Balfour Foundation. The $100,000 raised is funding Phase 1 of renovations on the barn.

We would like to thank all those who have contributed so far—we truly appreciate your generosity. You enabled us to welcome our first summer campers, and we look forward to using our new space to increase programming for local children and families.

What’s included in Phase 1?

  • Making the building structurally sound by adding reinforcement beams and rebuilding the back wall
  • Adding an accessible ramp from the parking lot, with new entry way
  • Electricity, including eight new lights and a ceiling fan
  • A new deck, providing outdoor program space
  • A new west wall with large sliding glass doors, providing optimal wildlife viewing

Next Steps

Oak Knoll is looking to begin fundraising for Phase Two of the Barn Renovation Project which will allow us to weatherize the building, enabling programs to take place in the barn year round. After insulation and heat are added, an accessible bathroom and kitchen area will prepare the barn for year-round programs, field trips, rentals, birthday parties, overnights, and special events.