Mass Audubon Honored with MCC Commonwealth Award for 'Exceptional Achievement'

Release Date:
April 11, 2019

LINCOLN—Mass Audubon, has been named a recipient of a 2019 Commonwealth Award by the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). The prestigious honors, presented every two years, are awarded to organizations or individuals exhibiting “exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities, and sciences.”

The state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, Mass Audubon was cited for protecting our state’s natural landscapes and wildlife and ensuring nature remains accessible to all. A nationally recognized environmental education leader, Mass Audubon offers thousands of programs that get more than 225,000 kids and adults outdoors to experience the natural world every year.

In recent years, Mass Audubon has invested more deeply in STEM-related nature education programming and in encouraging members and the greater public to meet the challenges of climate change.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker, took place Monday, April 8, at WBUR’s new CitySpace in Boston.

Mass Audubon was one of four 2019 Commonwealth Award Winners, including Boston String Academy, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and The Care Center of Holyoke. They were joined by representatives from 11 other finalists; all were selected from a larger pool of candidates drawn from throughout the Commonwealth.

Accepting the award on behalf of Mass Audubon was President Gary Clayton, who was joined at the gathering by Board Chair Beth Kressley Goldstein and organization staff.

“The Mass Cultural Council, under the dynamic leadership of Anita Walker, has become a leader in promoting and celebrating those people, programs, and organizations across the state that contribute to our collective quality of life,” Clayton said. “So we are truly honored and humbled to be among those chosen to receive a 2019 Commonwealth Award.”


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 160,000 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