Wildlife Guardians Program at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

One of Trailside's resident Eastern Screech Owls
Eastern Screech Owl

Blue Hills Trailside Museum is home to many native animals that are unable to return to the wild and can't survive without human help.

All of our wildlife residents are either orphans raised by humans, permanently disabled by injury, born in captivity, or impossible to return to their exact habitat (which is critical for reptiles). 

Through our Wildlife Guardians program, you can help support the sanctuary's animal residents and our environmental education programs.

We use these animal ambassadors in educational programs and events that teach people about the natural world. They have an important role in helping us achieve our mission of promoting awareness, appreciation, and active concern for our environment among people of all ages; and providing enjoyable, affordable, environmental education by drawing on the natural resources of the Blue Hills Reservation and beyond.

Become a Wildlife Guardian

You can symbolically "adopt" an animal by making a donation through our Wildlife Guardians program! Symbolic "adoptions" make great gifts for your loved ones and great gifts for an animal you care about. 

Guardians will receive a personalized letter and a photo of the animal they have chosen to symbolically adopt. This letter will include information about the animal's species and how they came to live at Trailside.

All donations are tax deductible.

Learn More

Download our brochure to learn more about this program, the animals you can symbolically "adopt," and how your donation can make a difference!


Please Note: Adoptions are symbolic only. A donation through the Wildlife Guardians program does not constitute a direct purchase of the animal selected.