Shaping the Future of Your Community Outreach & Assistance Program

Shaping the Future of Your Community

Our award-winning program helps communities in Massachusetts understand, formulate, adopt, and implement tools for charting a more sustainable future through customized community workshops and direct assistance. Specifically, we help local residents and officials:

  • Update and implement community plans
  • Protect habitat, and water supplies, and farmland
  • Provide incentives for well-planned growth including housing and jobs
  • Guide development in a sustainable manner

View presentations from past programs. To sponsor a workshop, contact us.

 

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Environmental Conference

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Environmental Conference 

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA

Join more than 750 conservation commissioners and agents, environmental officials, and others at this annual conference made up of diverse workshops and trainings units. Matthew A. Beaton, the new Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will be the conference keynote speaker. Mass Audubon staff will present a workshop on Planning for Resilience: Community Conservation Tools.

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Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference 

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA

Hosted by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and co-sponsored by Mass Audubon.

This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust members, government officials, and others  an opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops and discussions on fostering healthy communities in Massachusetts through land conservation. Mass Audubon staff will co-host a workshop presenting information from our Losing Ground report and tools from our Shaping the Future program.

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How Can I Help: Preserving Natural Plymouth

How Can I Help: Preserving Natural Plymouth 

Monday, April 6, 2015
The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth, MA

This forum offered by the Plymouth Open Space Committee will feature a performance by advocate Gerry Wright and a series of speakers addressing the need to be proactive at this critical time in Plymouth's development. This event is an opportunity to learn why it is so beneficial to the community to preserve its natural heritage, to meet with many organizations and committees that are part of the effort to save local wildlands. Learn More & Register

The Future of Water in Southeastern Massachusetts

The Future of Water in Southeastern Massachusetts 

Friday, April 24, 2015
Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth MA 02360
Hosted by the Watershed Action Alliance and co-sponsored by Mass Audubon.

Join fellow concerned citizens, water professionals, conservationists, and decision-makers at this one-day conference focused on critical water management issues in the southeast region and what you can do to deal with these issues in a positive way. Water is critical to all of us, requiring prudent management and effective regulation to protect our drinking water, waterways, recreational areas and aquatic wildlife. Under increasing population and development pressures, it is imperative that we work now to plan for a future with clean and plentiful water, restored rivers with abundant wildlife, and safe and efficient ways to treat wastewater and stormwater.

Stop by our Shaping the Future table and learn how to preserve and restore water resources, and help your community become more resilient to the effects of climate change. Learn More & Register

Take Action

Shaping the Future of Your Community: A Citizen’s Guide to Involvement in Community Planning, Land Protection, and Project Review is designed to help you make a difference in how land is developed and protected in your community. This practical guide will help you take steps toward effective action. Read the guidebook

Support Us

The Shaping Program was established through the generosity of a loyal Mass Audubon friend. We thank the donor for the vision and support that make these programs possible. Help us assist communities in preserving their town’s special places.

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