Reasons to Support Arcadia

Family in a canoe exploring a pond at Mass Audubon's Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary has been protecting critical habitat in the Pioneer Valley since 1944.

But we could not accomplish all that we do without the generous support of our members, donors, volunteers, and program participants.

Critical Habitat and More

Arcadia protects more than 730 acres consisting of diverse and important habitat. We use the wildlife sanctuary as an educational and recreational resource for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Arcadia contains three natural communities listed as rare in Massachusetts.
  • Arcadia is home to 33 rare species or species of special concern.
  • We maintain over 250 acres of open habitat including grasslands, shrublands, and agricultural lands. Open cover type is essential for protecting many bird species which rely on this habitat.
  • We are always looking to protect more land with high conservation value.
  • Community members of all ages come out to our programs held year-round at Arcadia and other conservation lands throughout the Valley. See all upcoming programs >
  • Arcadia’s sensory trail provides an opportunity for people with visual impairment or mobility limitations to explore the natural world.
  • Arcadia-based staff also manage other sanctuaries—Laughing Brook, Graves Farm, and Lynes Woods—collectively with Arcadia known as the Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries.

School Work

Natural science comes alive for students through field trips and school visits.

  • We host school field trips at Arcadia and explore the field, pond, and forest habitats with students from Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties.
  • Our educators and volunteers lead programs in classrooms and schoolyards, connecting students to nature in unlikely places and ways.

Summer Camp & Nature Preschool

Arcadia Nature Day Camp (winner of the Valley Advocate Reader Poll's 2014 "Best of the Valley" award) and Arcadia Nature Preschool have been connecting kids to nature for decades. Both are certified programs, by ACA and ECC, respectively.

  • Over 400 kids attend camp each summer to learn and have fun. They canoe on the Mill River, investigate the forest, learn nature photography, and much more.
  • Arcadia’s preschool was one of the first nature preschools in the country. Every day kids are outside, developing a connection with nature that will last their entire lives.
  • Campers and preschoolers both use the amazing Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary as their classroom.

Expanded Reach

There is a strong need to build people’s connection with the natural world. We are always working to expand the reach of our environmental education programming to new and underserved population, such as urban youth, veterans, and seniors. Support from donors and volunteers makes increased programming possible.

Ways to Help 

Make a Donation

Every little bit helps us accomplish our mission. While many of our programs require fees, those fees don't cover the full cost of running the programs, maintaining the facilities, and managing the sanctuaries.

Donate today

Find out more about our Fund for Environmental Education > 

Become a Leadership Friend

Leadership Friends donors are particularly important to Arcadia as their gifts provide us the security we need in order to plan ahead, maintain the variety of work we do, and expand our reach. Please consider joining our:

  • Founder's Circle with a gift of $2,500+
  • President's Circle with a gift of $1,250+
  • Guardian level with a gift of $750+

For more information on Arcadia's Leadership Friends program, or to join, please contact Sanctuary Director Jonah Keane.


We are always looking for helping hands for:

  • Visitor services
  • Education
  • Property stewardship

Browse our list of current volunteer opportunities or contact us to learn more.