Published on April 23, 2019

Mass Audubon Wins REI Member Vote Grant!

REI "Loving Our Local Outdoors" logo

Great news! Mass Audubon received 34% of all votes in REI's first-ever "Loving Our Local Outdoors" member vote grant in New England. 

As a result, Mass Audubon will receive $15,500 to split between two projects—one at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, and another on the South Coast at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Project

Here at Broadmoor, the REI grant money will be used to repair and reroute nine miles of hiking trails that have eroded due to heavy use and flooding over the years, creating an improved visitor experience.

The project will also include ADA-accessible trail additions and enhancements, such as observation platforms and a boardwalk, so that people of all abilities can get out and enjoy nature.

Here's How it Worked

Between March 7 and April 9 of this year, REI members who made an in-store purchase were encouraged to vote for one of three local stewardship projects—Mass Audubon, Appalachian Mountain Club, or Save the Bay—via an in-store display. Participating stores included Boston, Cranston (RI), Framingham, Hingham, and Reading.

Our sincerest thanks to our supporters and to REI members for making this happen! And to REI for supporting our mission to connect even more people with nature.