BNC's Year in Review for Fiscal Year 2020

Cover of BNC'S 2020 Annual Report

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We are navigating through the most perilous public health emergencies of our lifetime, and yet, our story remains steadfast—we are Weathering the Storm Together with Resiliency, Adaptability, and Responsiveness.

It's difficult to believe at this time last year, we were writing to you to report an overall 18% increase in all aspects of our work. Today, we are grateful to be here, having closed our doors for nearly three and a half months. Our world was turned upside down with COVID-19. Then, our eyes witnessed the public and brutal, undeniable murder of George P. Floyd.

Within days, BNC raised its Black Lives Matter banner to tell our black and brown neighbors, friends and partners: you are an integral part of our lives. We are interconnected—we are volunteers, Youth Leaders, gardeners, program participants, students, teachers, donors, sanctuary committee members, staff, vendors, and more. We are all a part of this beloved community sharing this precious land and its roots dating back to the Massachusetts peoples.*

Because of this community coming together, our resiliency shines through:

  • BNC’s trails and gardens opened in May. It is heartening to see so many neighbors walking the trails in solace and relief during these challenging times.
  • In July, BNC’s Pathways to Nature Preschool and summer camp opened its doors, albeit in a retracted manner—more staff, fewer children, more space.
  • In September, BNC’s Teacher Naturalists joined BPS teachers in synchronous learning, offering on-site homeschool and afternoon classes, because we adapt as best we can to these changing times.

As we watched the news unfold about food insecurity in our state, we teamed up with Mattapan Food and Fitness and our sister sanctuary, The Farm at Moose Hill in Sharon, to bring fresh-picked produce to the Mattapan Farmers Market and BNC. We are thrilled that they wholeheartedly welcomed us, and we look forward to returning next year. Because of our responsiveness and our donors’ flexibility, we could thoughtfully expand our reach after carefully listening to our partners.

It's clear that with your help, we can continue to find new opportunities to grow and to provide more equitable access to nature, environmental education, and healthy, affordable food. We remain dedicated to fully embracing our extended community and sincerely thank you for joining us on this path, respecting and welcoming all, as we protect nature for people and wildlife.

Warmest wishes from all of us at the BNC.

*For more information, please see A Healing Landscape: Environmental and Social History of the Site of Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center by Steven Pavlos Holmes.