Mass Audubon Names New Director for Oak Knoll, Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuaries

Release Date:
January 29, 2015

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon has named Lauren Gordon as director of its Oak Knoll and Attleboro Springs wildlife sanctuaries in Attleboro. 

Gordon, 31, brings a strong background in experiential and nature-based education to her new position with the respected conservation organization.

She holds a master’s degree in elementary education, and studied education and biology as an undergraduate. She was an educator at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence and later at Zoo Atlanta, where she served as camps program director and assistant primate keeper, specializing in the care of critically endangered western lowland gorillas.

More recently, Gordon served as education coordinator and camp director at Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton.

Since her arrival at Oak Knoll, located at 1417 Park Street, Gordon has been busy establishing priorities for programs there and at Attleboro Springs, located just north on Park Street, adjacent to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette.

Gordon said she is especially excited about new education programming at the wildlife sanctuaries, including innovative exhibits being designed at the Oak Knoll Nature Center to provide children with a more interactive experience.

“I’m so happy to return to Mass Audubon, especially to these sanctuaries located in a region I care deeply about,” Gordon said. “I look forward to working with great colleagues, Mass Audubon members, and the broader community on behalf of Oak Knoll and Attleboro Springs.”

Regional Director Gail Yeo echoed the new sanctuary director’s remarks. “We are very pleased to invite Lauren back into the Mass Audubon family,” Yeo said. “She brings an abundance of energy, creative ideas, and relevant experiences for expanding our impact in the schools and through programming at our Attleboro properties.

“Lauren also has the vision of leadership that we are seeking to deepen our connection to families and adults in Attleboro and the surrounding communities,” Yeo added.

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