Wildlife Sanctuary Guidelines

Sunlight filtering through forest trees © Dorrie Holmes
© Dorrie Holmes

All of the land at our wildlife sanctuaries is protected. By conserving these open spaces, Mass Audubon, along with its members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Massachusetts. To accomplish this, we kindly request the following.

When visiting our wildlife sanctuaries, please . . .
  • Leave dogs and pets at home; service animals welcome*
  • Leave everything as you find it, and do not pick or collect items
  • Remain on the trails at all times to protect plants, animals, and yourself
  • Refrain from bike riding or operating motorized vehicles; day passes are available for powered mobility devices
  • Refrain from launching, operating, or retrieving drones or other remote-controlled aerial vehicles
  • Refrain from fishing, hunting, or trapping
  • Enjoy snacks or picnics in designated areas, and carry out all trash
  • Do not smoke

*Accessibility Policies

Learn more about accessibility at our wildlife sanctuaries.

A Note on Trail Safety

Please stay on the trails for your safety and the safety of wildlife. Poison ivy and ticks are common in Massachusetts, so be sure to wear proper footwear, learn how to identify each, and be on the lookout. Also bring plenty of water, especially during the summer.

Photography Guidelines

Mass Audubon welcomes visitors to capture the beauty and wonder of our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries through photography. If you would like to use a wildlife sanctuary for commercial photography purposes, please review the complete guidelines and learn how to schedule a time. 

To Help Us Serve You Better

Please bring your Mass Audubon membership card when visiting one of our wildlife sanctuaries or gift shops.