Partners for Education

CityCorps volunteers

Mass Audubon seeks to expand our educational programs to urban and diverse communities including cities where we do not currently have a sanctuary presence. Our goal: Help educators encourage an understanding, appreciation, and connection to their own environment through ecology programs that are integrated in the social context of each community.

These programs are made possible through partnerships with existing community-based organizations including nonprofits, colleges, and universities. In addition to providing sustained environmental education, Mass Audubon helps support community organizations in conducting service learning and citizen science projects around critical environmental issues. This collaboration helps enable communities to strengthen their role in shaping their own environmental future.

Current Work

Location: Lowell, MA

Working with the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, Lowell Public Schools, Lowell National Historical Park, Community Teamwork, Inc., Girls, Inc. of Lowell, and the Lowell YWCA, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary offers environmental education programming for Lowell youth in grades 5-12. Throughout the school year and during the summer, students practice science skills through the study of local habitats, learn about Massachusetts’ native wildlife, work as a team to plan and execute stewardship projects that benefit their school and the larger Lowell community, and participate in community-based events. 

Location: Worcester, MA 

Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary works with various groups in Worcester to provide environmental education opportunities. We have worked with Worcester Housing Authority, Boys and Girls Club of Worcester and Girl’s Inc. Using our hands-on/minds-on, inquiry-based style, we teach kids about the local green spaces and wildlife that can be found in Worcester and Worcester County. We also work with Dynamy, a gap year program, and Worcester Technical High School to host interns at our site. We engage these interns in specific projects at our sanctuary that benefit both the student and Mass Audubon.