Accessibility Among Land Conservation Conference Workshops

Release Date:
March 11, 2014

LINCOLN, MA— The Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, convened annually by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition and taking place Saturday, March 22, at Worcester Technical High School, will feature more than 30 workshops designed to connect people with nature, including a presentation on greater access to the outdoors for individuals with disabilities.

The workshop, “Helping Everyone Enjoy the Land: Access for People of All Abilities,” represents a priority issue not only for Mass Audubon but for other participating organizations, especially the Land Trust Coalition, which represents more than 130 community-based, regional, and statewide land trusts.

For its part, Mass Audubon offers universally accessible features at 20 of its wildlife sanctuaries; 10 include multi-sensory interpretive trails, thanks to support from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Conference is expected to draw 500 or more participants from throughout the Bay State’s environmental community and has become the nation’s largest regional gathering of land conservation advocates.

The annual gathering of  green proponents has come a long way since 1990, when the Coalition organized as “an informal, brown bag lunch group” and held its first conference—which drew about 30 people to a 4-H hall. Thanks to dedicated members, friends, and board of directors who all volunteer their time to support a staff of three, the Coalition has grown into an effective statewide voice for land protection, as evidenced by the growing influence of the Conference.

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Mass Audubon protects 36,500 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—a 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 125,000 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 massaudubon.org.