Karen Stein New Moose Hill Sanctuary Director
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN—Mass Audubon has appointed Karen Stein Director of its Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, the respected conservation organization’s very first sanctuary, dating back more than 98 years.
She succeeds Christina Turnbull, who had been director since 2003.
Previous to her new position, Stein had worked since 2005 at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, as Administrative Manager and since 2012 as Operations Manager. As a member of the senior team at the wildlife sanctuary and working farm, she managed visitor services, events, membership recruitment, financial, volunteer, and other administrative operations.
Before joining Mass Audubon almost a decade ago, Karen focused on museum-based education. She served in exhibit staff capacities of increasing responsibility at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh before moving to the greater Boston area and The Discovery Museums of Acton, where she was Visitor Services Manager before being promoted to Operations Manager.
Karen is a 1994 graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
“Karen’s responsibilities at Drumlin Farm, which have provided her a foundation in both visitor engagement and the administrative side of conservation, made her an ideal choice as Moose Hill director,” said Regional Director Gail Yeo. “She is brimming with ideas and energy, and the wildlife sanctuary—and especially its visitors— can expect to benefit greatly from Karen’s leadership.”
When asked how she is settling in to Moose Hill, Karen said, “The staff and volunteers have been so warm and welcoming and the sanctuary is incredible—so many places to explore. I am looking forward to seeing the changes that come with each season. I am also looking ahead to our 100th Anniversary, which is just around the corner, and excited about the new opportunities we will discover as we enter our next hundred years!”
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.