Sensory Friendly Days
For people on the autism spectrum or with other sensory-sensitive needs, some environments can be overwhelming. Loud noises and crowds can make spaces less accessible for those with sensory sensitivities.
In order to continue making nature accessible to all, Mass Audubon created a program series of Sensory Friendly Days at several wildlife sanctuaries throughout Massachusetts. During these times, people can visit Mass Audubon properties during times when they are closed to the general public or tend to be relatively quiet. Some sites have special hikes with nature guides available to recommend appropriate trails and guide your experience, while others provided self-led opportunities.
Additionally, many wildlife sanctuaries are typically quiet on weekdays, especially outside the busy summer season. Folks with sensory needs are encouraged to call any staffed wildlife sanctuary and ask about upcoming days and times with low visitation or when there are no scheduled school or public programs taking place.
You can also find All Persons Trails in any season at many of the sanctuaries that participated in Sensory Friendly Days. These trails feature wide, flat, ADA-accessible paths connecting parking areas to the wilds of nature.
We hope to host more Sensory Friendly Days in the future, so stay tuned!
These programs were supported in part by grants from the Lincoln, Sudbury, Belmont, Arlington, Natick, Sherborn, Framingham, Boston, Topsfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Sharon, Norwood, Walpole, Canton, Milton, Plymouth, Kingston, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Marshfield, Duxbury, Westport, Dartmouth, Millbury, West Boylston, Fitchburg, and Wellfleet Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.