Explore a Sanctuary with Nature Play Areas

Boy exploring Nature Play Area at Moose Hill 750

While many visitors seek out Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries as places for quiet nature observation and active learning through education programs, we’ve recently added more ways for people to connect with nature by encouraging self-directed, informal play.

Unlike static, traditional playgrounds, Nature Play Areas give children the chance to solve problems and construct their surroundings through natural elements and unstructured exploration.

Please Note 

All of our Nature Play Areas are now open. For your safety, and the safety of others, please keep the following in mind:

  • Adult supervision required
  • Please maintain a social distance of six feet from other visitors
  • Please wear face coverings/masks
  • Washing or sanitizing hands before and after use is recommended
  • Please note: Nature Play Area and play elements are not regularly sanitized.

Wildlife Sanctuaries with Nature Play Areas


Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Berkshires & Connecticut River Valley

Pleasant Valley, Lenox 
Arcadia, Easthampton & Northampton

Cape Cod

Long Pasture, Barnstable open except Tuesday-Thursday, 8 am-2 pm

Central Massachusetts

Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester 
Wachusett Meadow, Princeton 

Martha's Vineyard

Felix Neck, Edgartown open weekends & after 3 pm weekdays

Metro West

Broadmoor, Natick
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln
Habitat, Belmont 

Metro South

Moose Hill, Sharon 
Museum of American Bird Art, Canton 
Stony Brook, Norfolk 

North Shore

Ipswich River, Topsfield 

South East

North River, Marshfield
Oak Knoll, Attleboro