Admission at Our Wildlife Sanctuaries
With more than 60 wildlife sanctuaries located across Massachusetts, it's easy to get outdoors at a Mass Audubon property near you!
Whether you're looking for a relaxing stroll or something that really gets your blood pumping, our sanctuaries have hundreds of miles of well-marked trails to explore. Discover more of the seasonal outdoor activities you can enjoy during your visit, and be sure to check out our upcoming programs that are available online and in-person at our sanctuaries.
Do I need to pay an admission fee to visit a sanctuary?
It depends on the specific wildlife sanctuary you wish to visit, as well as your Mass Audubon membership status.
Members enjoy free admission to all of our sanctuaries, as well as many other terrific benefits. If you have a Family-level membership, then free admission also applies to a second adult in your household plus your children or grandchildren under age 21. "Migrate up" to a higher level to add free guest admissions.
Most of our sanctuaries that have Nature Centers or Museums do charge admission fees to nonmembers. Sanctuaries that only have trails are free, but visitor donations are always appreciated.
For information about admission fees at a specific sanctuary, please check the "About" page on the sanctuary's website.
Can I get free admission without a membership?
As a way to increase access to nature for even more people, Mass Audubon is proud to offer free admission for the following individuals and groups:
- Indigenous Peoples: Free for all self-identified Indigenous people in Massachusetts
- In partnership with Mass Cultural Council and other organizations, Mass Audubon offers free admission to the participants in the programs listed below. If you have one of these program cards, be sure to bring it on your next visit:
- EBT Card to Culture: The EBT Card to Culture program, in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, gives EBT cardholders and their guests (up to 4 people total) free access to Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. See the full list of participating organizations offering EBT discounts.
- ConnectorCare Card to Culture: The ConnectorCare Card to Culture program, in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Health Connector, gives ConnectorCare cardholders and their guests (up to 4 people total) free access to Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. See the full list of participating organizations offering ConnectorCare discounts.
- WIC Card to Culture: The WIC Card to Culture program, in partnership with Mass Cultural Council and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, gives WIC cardholders and their guests (up to 4 people total) free access to Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries. See the full list of participating organizations offering WIC discounts.
- Active-Duty Military: Free for up to 5 people with a valid military ID card
- Wonderfund Access Cardholders: Free for up to 4 people when you show your Wonderfund Access card
- Certain sanctuaries also offer free admission to residents of the surrounding community—contact your local wildlife sanctuary to see if they participate. DCR ParksPass holders receive free admission to Stony Brook and Blue Hills Trailside Museum.
Do you offer discounts on admission?
Ask your local library if they participate in Mass Audubon's Library Partners program! Libraries enrolled in the program have special passes you can borrow that let you visit any of our wildlife sanctuaries for just $2 per person for up to four people (children under age 2 are always free).