Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center Hosts "Rockin’ with Raptors" Festival on Sept 22

Release Date:
September 11, 2012

LINCOLN, MA—The public is invited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan as part of the annual “Rockin’ with Raptors” festival on Saturday, September 22, from 1-4 pm.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has been invited to join Mass Audubon President Laura Johnson to help celebrate this milestone.

Visitors will be able to see up close and learn about live raptors from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, visit the Animal Adventures petting zoo, and take part in activities led by Boston Nature Center’s teacher-naturalists as well as collaborating organizations including Boston Natural Areas Network, the Museum of ScienceRenew Boston, and the U.S. Forest Service

In addition to an array of activities, visitors will enjoy lively musical entertainment by Branches Steel Orchestra, games and prizes with Radio 92.9/WBOS, a “green bag” raffle, and a free cookout with meat and vegetarian options. And what anniversary would be complete without cake and ice cream?

The yearly event is a way to introduce and welcome families to this green oasis in the city.

Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary includes 67 acres of meadows, marsh, fields, and woodlands in Mattapan and offers year-round free or low-cost programs to the community. Tour the visitor center, hike two miles of trails, play in the Nature Nook, and visit the exhibits and displays in Boston’s greenest municipal building.

Bring your friends and family and get in touch with nature in your own neighborhood! For more details, contact the Boston Nature Center at 617-983-8500 or visit


Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.

Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at