Published on May 1, 2019

Neighborhood Nature Brings the Great Outdoors to Local City Parks


Program Sponsors 

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making the Neighborhood Nature program possible.

The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Berkshire Bank Foundation
Price Chopper Golub Foundation

In 1989, before the founding of Broad Meadow Brook, present Sanctuary Director Deb Cary had a vision to bring a slice of nature in to the city.

That summer, Mass Audubon naturalists began traveling from park to park to teach about the local ecology. Through hands-on activities, crafts and games, they shared the wonder of the natural world with children growing up surrounded by the unnatural features of city life.

Neighborhood Nature was born!

After the first few years, two parks were chosen to serve as the "home base" for these activities, Elm Park and Green Hill Park, where they continue today.

With generous support from our sponsors, Broad Meadow Brook is bringing Neighborhood Nature back into the city this summer—and it's all free!

Check Out Neighborhood Nature This Summer 

From canoeing to insect collecting to nature crafts, there’s something fun going on at a park near you! All programs are FREE.

at Elm Park • June 26–August 23

Wednesdays (1-4 pm) & Fridays (10 am-1 pm)

284 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01602

Come play with us, and learn about the nature of your neighborhood and uniquely special habitats found in the city. Enjoy nature crafts, activities, stories, explorations, and quiet times under shady trees. No programs the week of July 4.

at Green Hill Park • July 12–August 23

Fridays (2-5 pm)

50 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605

Explore, enjoy and learn about the wildlife of Green Hill Pond, by canoe! We provide canoes, paddles, flotation vests, and basic canoe instruction. All participants must know how to swim. An adult must accompany anyone under 18 years. Program may be cancelled due to inclement weather; call 508-753-6087 to check program status. (Groups of 6 or more should pre-register by calling 508-753-6087.)