Published on April 23, 2019

Mass Audubon Wins REI Member Vote Grant!

REI "Loving Our Local Outdoors" logo

Great news! Mass Audubon received 34% of all votes in REI's first-ever "Loving Our Local Outdoors" member vote grant in New England. 

As a result, Mass Audubon will receive $15,500 to split between two projects—one on the South Coast at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, and another just west of Boston at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Project

Here at Allens Pond, the REI grant money will be used to build new trails and create an amazing eight-mile circuit that allows hikers to experience beautiful beach, grassland, and salt marsh habitat. 

The project will also include ADA-accessible trail additions and enhancements, such as observation platforms and a boardwalk, so that people of all abilities can get out and enjoy nature.

Here's How it Worked

Between March 7 and April 9 of this year, REI members who made an in-store purchase were encouraged to vote for one of three local stewardship projects—Mass Audubon, Appalachian Mountain Club, or Save the Bay—via an in-store display. Participating stores included Boston, Cranston (RI), Framingham, Hingham, and Reading.

Our sincerest thanks to our supporters and to REI members for making this happen! And to REI for supporting our mission to connect even more people with nature.