Free Spring Discovery Days

Sponsored by Highland Street Foundation and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation

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Get outside and explore one of these five wildlife sanctuaries during Mass Audubon's Spring Discovery Days! Every day during the week of April 19–23, you can visit a different wildlife sanctuary for free, thanks to Highland Street Foundation and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

To allow us to safely manage the number of people on the trails at any given time, we are using an Entry & Parking Reservation system. All tickets must be obtained online in advance—you will not be able to get tickets onsite.

Monday, April 19

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln

At Drumlin Farm, you can experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. Watch the pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows in the farmyard; see how crops are sustainably grown in our greenhouse; walk the trails explore field, forest, and wetland habitat; and observe resident owls, hawks, and foxes in the native wildlife exhibits.


Tuesday, April 20

Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester

Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with over 400 acres cooperatively managed or owned by Mass Audubon. Interpretive signs will guide you along well-marked trails through woods, fields, streams, and marsh. The sanctuary also provides information about the National Park Service's Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.


Wednesday, April 21

Daniel Webster in Marshfield

Miles of trails that traverse grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands await birders, families, nature lovers, artists, and photographers at Daniel Webster. Wildlife from shorebirds and turtles to muskrats and mink can be viewed from observation blinds and boardwalks. The sizeable grassland provides crucial habitat for birds such as the American Kestrel and Bobolink.


Thursday, April 22

Arcadia in Easthampton

Arcadia's 730+ acres span Easthampton and Northampton over diverse terrain (forest, meadows, grasslands, marsh, and wetlands) that attracts an extraordinary variety of wildlife. You'll also find a thriving population of wildflowers in spring and summer thanks to the rich, loamy soil that's characteristic of the Connecticut River floodplain.


Friday, April 23

Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton

Operated in partnership with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state-owned Blue Hills Reservation and features a natural history museum and outdoor exhibits of native wildlife. The animals on display—including Snowy Owls and a Red Fox—have been rescued and would not survive in the wild.



How much is a reservation?

Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, all admission to Spring Discovery Days are free of charge for that sanctuary on that day.

Will there be any restrooms or water fountains?

Restrooms are only available at Drumlin Farm, Broad Meadow Brook, and Arcadia. There are no water fountains available at any sanctuary.

How long can I stay once I am there?

While you must arrive during your reserved time slot, you can stay for as long as you like.

Where can I find information about the trails?

You can download trail maps for all the wildlife sanctuaries at

Do I need to wear a face mask?

Yes! To comply with the state orders, we ask that you always wear a face mask during your visit.