Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Woman holding binoculars Join today and get outside at one of our 60+ wildlife sanctuaries.
Found young adults walking on a trail at Broadmoor

Diversity & Inclusion

Nature is for everyone. And everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy and protect it.

Advancing the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEIJA) is both a moral imperative and a necessity for the success of our mission. 

Mass Audubon is committed to promoting inclusive and equitable access to nature by protecting and restoring greenspaces in urban environments, expanding and deepening our environmental and career programs, and advancing the values of DEIJA throughout our organization in our training, recruitment, and board development activities.

A father and daughter play in autumn leaves at Broad Meadow Brook's Nature Play Area
Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester

Creating a Sense of Belonging for All

To protect the nature of Massachusetts for all people, we must lower barriers that prevent people from accessing nature and participating in this work.

Our new Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility (DEIJA) Strategic Plan maps out a path to doing just that.

See the plan

Action We're Taking Now

In the ongoing and ever-evolving work of becoming a more inclusive, equitable, and just institution, we are listening carefully to our members, centering marginalized voices in our work, and taking meaningful actions such as those listed below.

Examples of the Work We're Doing

Family hiking up rocky forest trail
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

Expanding Access to Our Sanctuaries

Mass Audubon is making it easier for more people to get outdoors with free admission for select groups to our wildlife sanctuaries.

progress flag hanging off building at Farm at Moose Hill
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon

Celebrating Queer Identities

People of all queer identities are welcome and celebrated at Mass Audubon sanctuaries and programs.

A person using a wheelchair reading an interpretive sign with a map at a trail kiosk on Stony Brook's accessible All Persons Trail
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk

Making Nature Accessible

Mass Audubon is working hard to ensure that people of all abilities can meaningfully enjoy the nature of Massachusetts.

An Environmental Fellow kneeling in seagrass, using an open reel measuring tape to do field research in a saltmarsh
Environmental Fellowship Program

Early Career Programs

We’re empowering young adults and students from diverse backgrounds to launch their careers and propel the environmental movement forward. 

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu using a shovel to plant a young maple sapling while young children look on at the Boston Nature Center tree planting ceremony to celebrate the launch of the Boston Tree Alliance in May 2023
Courtesy of the Office of the Mayor, by Isabel Leon

Nature in the City

We're increasing access to nature by protecting, restoring, and activating urban greenspaces such as parks, trails, tree canopy, and other green infrastructure in cities.