Military Families Offered Free Admission to Wildlife Sanctuaries Through Labor Day
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Mass Audubon is inviting active duty members of the military and their families to enjoy its statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries free of charge through Labor Day, September 7.
With Mass Audubon re-opening trails at nearly all its wildlife sanctuaries from the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands, we welcome our country’s service men and women (including National Guard and Reserve) to explore nature and observe wildlife.
Service members/families need only present a valid military ID card to sanctuary staff, and the offer applies to a maximum of five people per ID card.
Mass Audubon Vice President for Wildlife Sanctuaries and Programs Gail Yeo noted the value of connecting with nature, especially during COVID-19.
“The natural world offers both physical and emotional benefits, particularly in times of stress and uncertainty,” Yeo said. “We hope our sanctuaries not only encourage service men and women and their families to enjoy walks in the outdoors and nature discovery, but also to serve as places of solace and restoration.”
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.