Broad Meadow Brook Celebrates 25th Birthday, Barbara Fargo Education Center Dedication June 18
Michael P. O'Connor
WORCESTER, MA—Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary is inviting the greater Worcester community to join in celebrating its 25th birthday on the afternoon of Saturday, June 18.
The celebration at the popular Mass Audubon sanctuary on Massasoit Road will feature food, live music, and commemorative activities. A highlight of the event will be the formal dedication of the Barbara Elliott Fargo Education Center, named for the longtime sanctuary friend, who will be an honored guest.
The new education center provides the sanctuary greatly expanded space for nature-based programming and learning, as well as resource areas for teacher-naturalists. The building’s sustainable infrastructure and green features will afford it net-zero status, meaning the center will produce as much energy as it draws from the electric grid.
From humble beginnings in the early 1990s, Broad Meadow Brook has grown substantially in both size and impact. Today covering 430 acres, including headwaters of the Blackstone River, the sanctuary touches thousands of lives through its conservation, education, and advocacy work.
The Broad Meadow Brook community would like to thank the many generous sponsors who are contributing to the 25th Anniversary Celebration, including: Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., AmeriPride Services, Camosse Masonry Supply, FletcherTilton PC Attorneys at Law, FLEXcon, Hanover Insurance Group, Highland Street Foundation, Dellbrook Construction, LLC/JK,Scanlan Company, LLC; Linders, Inc., National Grid, Peterson Oil Service, Seder & Chandler, LLP, Seven Hills Foundation, Standard Auto, Inc., and Worcester Business Journal.
“Over the past 25 years, Broad Meadow Brook has been able to grow and serve the City of Worcester and surrounding towns, thanks to generous support from the community at all levels,” Mass Audubon Central Sanctuaries Director Deb Cary said. “We continue to strive to make this conservation center and wildlife sanctuary a true resource for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature.”
“And the new Barbara E. Fargo Education Center, named in honor of one of our greatest friends and benefactors,” Cary noted, “is a fabulous addition to the sanctuary facilities—allowing us to welcome more students, campers, families, community and businesses groups who yearn for a chance to make the great outdoors a part of their day. It really feels like a campus now!”
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.