Mass Audubon Unveils Three More Universally Accessible Trails

Release Date:
October 1, 2012

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon unveils new universally accessible trails at three more wildlife sanctuaries this autumn, underscoring the conservation organization’s commitment to encouraging people of all abilities to connect with nature.

The trails, located at Wellfleet Bay in Wellfleet, Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, and Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester, are the most recent in Mass Audubon’s statewide Accessible Interpreted Trails Project, a three-year initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and local partners.

Also called “sensory trails,” the broad, generally flat paths have been created to accommodate wheelchairs and guide animals, and can include specially designed ropes, rails, and Braille signage, as well as audio tours accessible by cell phones and other smart devices.
The trail at Broad Meadow Brook opened Saturday, September 29 and the trail at Blue Hills Trailside Museum is scheduled to open on Columbus Day, October 8. The Wellfleet Bay trail is set to open during its free “Discovery Day” Saturday, October 20.

Universally accessible trails debuted last year at Attleboro Springs in Attleboro and at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. The Accessible Interpreted Trails Project will finish next year with three more trails, at Pleasant Valley in Pittsfield, Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, and Boston Nature Center in Mattapan.

That will bring to 10 the number of accessible trails than visitors can discover at Mass Audubon sanctuaries, including trails designed earlier at Broadmoor in Natick and Stony Brook in Norfolk. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/accessibility.

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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.