Mass Audubon Unveils Three More Universally Accessible Trails
Michael P. O'Connor
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.
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 www.massaudubon.org.