Service Members Admitted Free To Wildlife Sanctuaries Through Labor Day
Michael P. O'Connor
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 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.