Published on February 23, 2023

Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center's 2022 Year in Review

BNC's 2022 year in review cover featuring campers posing for a group photo

This report outlines BNC’s deep community engagement work as we continue our commitment to fostering a Sanctuary of Belonging where all are welcome.

Some highlights include:

Education: BNC educators returned to in-person teaching in Boston Public Schools, providing environmental science and supporting exploration of the outdoors.

Climate Resilience: With the successful installation of 260 solar panels and other sustainable upgrades, BNC has moved from Boston's first green building to its first net zero, carbon neutral municipal building. The sanctuary now produces enough energy to meet its annual need.

Equitable Access: BNC’s participation in farmers markets expanded with the support of the City of Boston’s Office of Food Justice to host farm stands at two new markets in Nubian and Egleston Squares, providing even more access to fresh, organic produce at discounted rates to surrounding Environmental Justice neighborhoods.

This year Julie Brandlen, the Anne and Peter Brooke Director, retired after 21 years of innovative and compassionate leadership. Julie will have a lasting impact on Boston Nature Center given her years of dedicated commitment to conservation and community engagement.

BNC continues to be a strong, thriving, and innovative community resource across Boston thanks to supporters and community members.