Mass Audubon Honored with MCC Commonwealth Award for 'Exceptional Achievement'
Michael P. O'Connor
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 protects 36,500 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—a 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 125,000 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 massaudubon.org.