Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston® Honors Three Wildlife Sanctuaries

Release Date:
July 23, 2019

LINCOLN, MA.—Boston Magazine’s annual Best Of Boston® feature, which recognizes what is top flight in the Hub, the region, and Cape & Islands, has honored three Mass Audubon Wildlife sanctuaries for 2019.

Boston Nature Center in Mattapan has been selected in the “Best Neighborhood Diversion” category, while Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport and Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln have been chosen in the “Best Family Friendly Activity” category, North and West regions, respectively.

In praising BNC, Best of Boston® judges wrote:  “A summer camp for kids and a natural oasis for everyone else, this 67-acre property boasts miles of trails and boardwalks…”

Similarly, they wrote of Drumlin Farm, “One visit…and you’ll see why this Lincoln oasis has been a cherished tradition for generations of families.” Joppa Flats, the judges noted, “offers wildlife educational programs designed to make nature fun—and a trip to the beach a (gentle) teaching moment.”

Mass Audubon Vice President for Wildlife Sanctuaries and Programs Gail Yeo said, “Each year, Boston Magazine’s Best Of Boston® showcases all that makes the city and the state so special, and we are thrilled that three of our sanctuaries have been chosen as 2019 honorees.

“Connecting with nature and supporting a healthy environment improve our collective quality of life in the Hub and across the Commonwealth,” Yeo noted, “and Mass Audubon is gratified that Best of Boston® has recognized the value of these goals.”


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