Service Members Admitted Free To Wildlife Sanctuaries Through Labor Day

Release Date:
July 20, 2016

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon is again partnering with Blue Star Families to offer military families free admission through Labor Day to its wildlife sanctuaries. The policy includes all active-duty personnel and their families, up to five people.

This is the third straight year that Mass Audubon has participated in this summertime recognition of servicemen and women by inviting them and their families to its statewide network of sanctuaries. In doing so, Mass Audubon joins museums and other organizations nationwide that engage visitors with educational and cultural programs.

“We are so grateful for Mass Audubon’s continued support of military families through this fantastic program,” said Blue Star Families Community Outreach Coordinator Andrea Bublitz, a military spouse at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. “In visiting wildlife sanctuaries from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires, service members and their children are able to make their own connections with nature and bring home some great memories.”

Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton noted the important role the program plays in the lives of service families, and in the communities where they live. “Mass Audubon values its continuing relationship with Blue Star Families and we are again happy to welcome them to our wildlife sanctuaries across the Commonwealth,” Clayton said.

At its 100 wildlife sanctuaries, Mass Audubon invites members and the general public to engage the natural world in countless ways, including classes in nature-based education, guided field trips, and other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in every season.


Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at