Accessibility at Our Wildlife Sanctuaries

All Persons Trail at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
All Persons Trail at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

To best meet the needs of all our visitors, and to invite everyone to connect with the natural world, Mass Audubon is working to make our wildlife sanctuaries with nature centers universally accessible. This includes ADA-compliant Nature Centers and universally accessible All Persons Trails.

Accessible Nature Centers

Our 20 nature centers, many of which were older private estates, have been renovated with ADA-compliant parking and entrances, admission areas, educational activity spaces, exhibits, galleries, and restrooms.

 
 
Sensory Trail sign about a pond
Sensory Trail sign about a pond
 
 
All Persons Trail at Broad Meadow Brook
All Persons Trail at Broad Meadow Brook
 
 

Wildlife Sanctuary Policies 

All Persons Trails

What began in 2008 with the construction of a pilot “sensory trail” at Stony Brook in Norfolk has evolved into Mass Audubon’s Accessible Interpretive Trails Project, funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

To date, Mass Audubon has developed and installed 12 ADA All Persons Trails at wildlife sanctuaries across the state. These trails are designed and constructed first to physically meet or exceed Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, and then to incorporate universally designed interpretive features including educational stops, wildlife viewing boardwalks and platforms, picnic and play areas, and navigation resources including audio directions, guide ropes, curbing, and handrails.

All Persons Trails are typically 0.5-0.75 miles in length and include:

  • Smooth, gentle grades for improved access by foot, stroller, or wheelchair
  • Sensory-rich audio tours (available by cell phone and/or audio players)
  • Braille texts and tactile maps
  • Tour booklets and maps designed for high readability for visually impaired and sighted visitors
  • Improved signage (also Braille) along trails
  • Wider boardwalks with bumpers as needed
  • Post-and-rope guiding systems
  • Interpretive content focusing on the natural and cultural history of each site
  • Accessible outdoor wildlife observation structures, specialized gardens, seating, play areas, and picnic areas

Sanctuaries with Accessible Features

Boston

       

North Shore

     
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
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  Ipswich River, Topsfield
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Metro West

        Joppa Flats, Newburyport
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Habitat, Belmont
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Cape Cod

     
Broadmoor, Natick
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  Wellfleet Bay, South Wellfleet
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Drumlin Farm, Lincoln
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Islands

     

Metro South

        Felix Neck, Edgartown
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Blue Hills, Milton
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Central MA

     
MABA, Canton
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      Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
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Moose Hill, Sharon
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    Wachusett Meadow, Princeton
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Stony Brook, Norfolk
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West

     

South East

        Pleasant Valley, Lenox
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Allens Pond, Dartmouth
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      Arcadia, Easthampton & Northampton
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Attleboro Springs, Attleboro
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Daniel Webster, Marshfield
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North River, Marshfield
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Oak Knoll, Attleboro
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  Universally Accessible Nature Center/Museum
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  Universally Accessible Trail