Published on December 12, 2018

2018 in a Nutshell

2018 PV Summer Conservation Interns

The support of donors and volunteers like you allows us to continually grow and expand the work we do to foster meaningful connections between people and nature for the benefit of both.

Thanks to you, 2018 has been an incredible year for the Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries. With your help, we found new and innovative ways to inspire the conservationists of tomorrow and empower our community to take action to protect our environment.

As the year comes to a close, we want to celebrate all that we have accomplished together in the last 12 months. 


Highlights from 2018

  • Over 1,200 students experienced nature as the place for hands-on science learning through our Environmental Literacy Program, a yearlong series of classroom and field based lessons for students grades K-8
  • Our education staff delivered programs to more than 800 people at libraries, community centers, elder care facilities, and cultural venues throughout the Berkshires
  • 11 interns learned and gained experience in the fields of wildlife and plant conservation, land management and stewardship, or environmental education
  • A total of 300 volunteers contributed 4,100 hours to support our mission
  • Our science and advocacy staff continued the effort toward PCB remediation of the Housatonic River by providing expertise and feedback in this process
  • 130 additional acres of important wildlife habitat were protected at Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Sheffield
  • More than 2 million listeners tuned in to a live broadcast from Pleasant Valley of In Tune's "Into the Forest" program on BBC Radio 3

All Thanks to You

2019 is going to be incredible as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, our oldest and largest sanctuary in the Berkshires. We have big plans, and your support of our work locally means our great momentum can continue.

Please designate the Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries when you consider making a year-end gift to Mass Audubon.


Becky Cushing
Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries Director