Resolve to Make the Most of the New Year

Every January, you think about all the ways you will make the New Year better than the last—and every February, those resolutions are but a distant memory. Does that sound familiar? Not this year! In order to help you stick with your plan, we took a look at some of the most popular resolutions and came up with easy, fun ways that Mass Audubon can help you keep them.

Stay in Shape

Group snowshoeing at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary © Gail Hansche Godin
© Gail Hansche Godin

Instead of heading to the gym, hit the trails, especially when they’re covered in snow! All you need is a trusty pair of snowshoes.

According to University of Vermont Professor Declan A. Connolly, snowshoers can burn anywhere from 420 to 1,000 calories per hour. Fortunately, Mass Audubon has more than 100 miles of trails to explore, and several of our wildlife sanctuaries have snowshoes for rent.

More about snowshoeing >

Get Involved in Your Community

There are smart ways for cities and towns to grow while protecting forests, farms, and water. Our Shaping the Future of Your Community program is designed to help you make a difference in how land is developed and protected in your community! You can also make an impact by reducing your personal carbon footprint and advocating for sustainable changes in your community

Family in front of main sign at High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary © Jamie Scott
© Jamie Scott

Spend Time with Family

Our wildlife sanctuaries are ideal places to create memories that last a lifetime. Browse our online catalog to find activities for families of all shapes and sizes, including programs specifically tailored to parents and young kids, teens, or adults.

Or just stop by for a visit! Every wildlife sanctuary offers something new, and some families even resolve to explore as many as they can over the course of a year.

Eat Better

A diet rich in plants is good for the body and the environment, and you can’t beat fresh produce grown organically by your local farmer! Next time you’re looking for veggies, stop at a nearby farm stand or farmer's market.

You can also get your fill each week by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program with Moose Hill in Sharon or Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Would you rather have someone else do the cooking for you? Some of the area’s best restaurants feature ingredients grown at Drumlin Farm, including Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge; The Bronwyn in Somerville; and Artistry on the Green in Lexington.

Volunteers at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteer More

If you’ve resolved to volunteer, why not join our large and diverse volunteer corps and learn what all the fuss is about? We have dozens of fun and educational volunteer opportunities around the state, from trail maintenance and visitor services to gardening and marketing and beyond. See all volunteer opportunities >

Looking for a one-off group opportunity? Set up a community service day with your coworkers, classmates, scout troop, or other group. We’ll help you find a time to pitch in at your favorite wildlife sanctuary! Or join us—and hundreds of other volunteers—for our annual Statewide Volunteer Day in April.

Go Green

Every one of us has the power to make a difference when it comes to reducing the effects of climate change. To that end, there are easy and affordable actions that can yield huge results. One option with a big impact is to purchase locally-sourced green energy though our Make the Switch program and displace fossil fuels on your community’s power grid.

Visit New Places

Group of Atlantic Puffins on a snowy rock (Image: Kristin Foresto)
Atlantic Puffins

Combine your passion for international travel and your love of nature on intimate, expert-led adventures locally, nationally, or internationally! No matter where you’re headed, join us for new adventures and experiences that’ll make the next year an unforgettable one.

Mass Audubon Tours has been leading discerning travelers to the world's most exciting wilderness destinations for more than 50 years. We combine world-class birding with broader education about the natural world and the culture of the place. 

Looking for a getaway closer to home? We offer trips to US destinations such as Arizona, South Carolina, Maine, and Nantucket. And, of course, there are Mass Audubon's 60 wildlife sanctuaries across the state. 

Learn Something New

Pick up tricks to identify birds by sound, find out how to identify trees, become a better nature photographer, and more by taking a class or workshop at one of our sanctuaries. See all upcoming programs >

If you'd rather stay in your own backyard, the Mass Audubon Shop offers an extensive collection of books to help you hone your skills in gardening, food preparation, wildlife observation, and much more.